WAITSBURG — Happy Birthday Chance Leroue.
Leroue led Waitsburg-Prescott to a 49-6 victory over Weston-McEwen here Thursday in non-conference football action.
On his 17th birthday, Leroue rushed for 78 yards including a 12-yard scoring run, returned an interception 86 yards for a score, had a sack, forced two fumbles, and had a tackle for a loss to spark W-P to a 2-0 record on the season.
“It was quite a birthday he had,” W-P coach Jeff Bartlow said. “He had a great game.”
The turnover bug struck the TigerScots quick and often Thursday. Leroue forced a fumble on the opening kickoff and W-P took the ball at the WM 26.
Three plays later, Leroue went in from the 12, Antonio Benito added the first of his seven consecutive PATs for a 7-0 W-P lead 80 seconds into the game.
But the TigerScots responded, as quarterback Eric Washburn threw back to Linton McAllister, who connected with Cedric Hall for 48 yards to the W-P 38.
Ethan Reger ran off a 15-yard gallop to spark the drive to a first down at the W-P 12.
Washburn then ran right and threw back to his left, but Leroue picked off the pass and raced 86 yards for the score and a 14-0 W-P lead with 7:26 left in the first quarter.
“Tonight was a game of turnovers,” TigerScot coach Kenzie Hansell said. “We had a lot (six), and that’s just too many, but those are things we can fix. We moved the ball, but give credit to W-P as their defense stepped up.”
James Thompkins’ nine-yard scamper on an end-around gave W-P a 21-0 lead after the first.
“The biggest thing is that we didn’t have any turnovers after having five last week (a 36-6 win over Pilot Rock),” Bartlow said. “We really concentrated on it. The tables turned as they (the TigerScots) had some tonight and that tells you how bad it can hurt you.”
A 43-yard gallop from W-P quarterback Owen Lanning spearheaded W-P’s 81-yard, second-quarter scoring drive as Lanning capped the drive with a five-yard plunge.
McAllister’s 19-yard run out of punt formation was the TigerScot offensive second-quarter highlight until their last possession of the half. With the help of two W-P penalties, W-M moved to the W-P 20.
On the last play of the half, McAllister’s pass was picked off by W-P’s Kobie Brown on his own 3 and W-P went to intermission up 28-0.
W-P took the second-half kickoff and drove 69 yards in five plays, as Lanning hit Devin Acevedo for the last 26 yards and a 35-0 W-P lead.
Back came the TigerScots, as McAllister ran out of punt formation for 23 yards and a first down to keep the TigerScot drive moving.
A pass interference got W-M to a first-and-goal at the W-P 5. Leroue dropped Reger for a five-yard loss and Corey Brownlee stopped Washburn for a two-yard loss. On third down, Luke Alexenko picked off a TigerScot pass on his own 6 and sprinted down the near sideline for a 94-yard pick six.
“We were in the red zone four times,” Hansell said. “We had our opportunities. I’m proud of the kids’ efforts.”
The TigerScots got it done on their last possession of the third quarter. Washburn hit McAllister, who broke a tackle and took it 69 yards for the TigerScot score as W-P went to the fourth with a 42-6 advantage.
“We saw that on film that maybe we had an opportunity,” Hansell said. “Guys were making plays.”
Brownlee’s two-yard score in the fourth quarter rounded out scoring.
W-M drops to 0-2 on the year and travels to Enterprise Friday to open league play.
“We need to be more consistent, but that’s why you play preseason games,” Hansell said. “We’re moving in the right direction. We look forward to starting league.”
The victory marks Bartlow’s 100th win at W-P.
“That (49-6 win) was a sweet one,” Bartlow said. “Fifteen years ago, it was a 20-3 win over Enterprise (win No. 1). I’ll never forget it. And now this is 100. I’m grateful. I can’t imagine doing it with a bunch of better kids and coaches. Everything is sweet tonight.”
W-P travels to Orofino, Idaho on Friday for a non-league battle.
Waitsburg-Prescott 49, Weston-McEwen 6
WM 0 0 6 0 — 6
W-P 21 7 14 7 — 49
W-P — Leroue 12 run (Benito kick).
W-P — Leroue 86 int return (Benito kick).
W-P — Thompkins 9 run (Benito kick).
W-P — Lanning 5 run (Benito kick).
W-P — Acevedo 26 pass from Lanning (Benito kick).
W-P — Alexenko 94 int return (Benito kick).
WM — McAllister 69 pass from Washburn (kick failed).
W-P — Brownlee 2 run (Benito kick).
First downs 12 13
Rushes/yards 36-78 31-205
Passing yards 137 93
Passes (att-comp-int) 9-4-3 15-8-0
Punts 3-33.7 0-00.0
Fumbles-lost 8-3 1-0
Penalties-yards 4-30 5-64
RUSHING — WM: Reger 14-37, Thacker 5-3, Washburn 7-(-1), McAllister 4-48, Betts 2-4, Patrick 2-11, Team 2-(-24); W-P: Lanning 9-57-1, Thompkins 2-10-1, Leroue 7-78-1, Brownlee 5-44, Carter 5-44, Dunn 1-0, Team 2-(-19).
PASSING — WM: Washburn 3-6-2 89 yards 1 TD, McAllister 1-3-1 48 yards; W-P: Lanning 8-15-0 93 yards 1 TD.
RECEIVING — WM: McAllister 2-63-1, Hall 1-48, Thacker 1-26; W-P: Acevedo 4-59-1, Leroue 2-0, Thompkins 1-14, Brown 1-20.