Waitsburg-Prescott shellshocked after 59-20 loss

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OROFINO, Idaho — Waitsburg-Prescott surrendered 557 yards of total offense as Orofino rolled to a 59-20 victory on Friday.

The Maniacs ran 67 offensive plays to W-P’s 47, as Orofino finished with 323 yards on the ground.

After surrendering only 12 points through its first two games, W-P (2-1) was a bit shellshocked, head coach Jeff Bartlow said.

“It was humbling,” Bartlow said. “That’s something that hasn’t happened to us. It was a mental anguish more than a physical anguish. I think it will make us a better team. We didn’t get in their grill or anything. We’re going to make ourselves better from it.”

Waitsburg-Prescott also had some costly turnovers, which Orofino turned into scores, Bartlow said.

During the first half, W-P coughed up a fumble after a 19-yard run and had two dropped touchdowns, Bartlow said.

The mistakes proved too costly to overcome, he said.

“We have to play a lot better and be more consistent,” Bartlow said. “We knew we needed this game. We’ve got a ways to go. I’m proud of my guys. They played hard, (but) there were times we just didn’t play smart.”

The Maniacs extended their 18-0 halftime lead on the second play after the break, as Josh Walker returned an interception 21 yards for a touchdown.

W-P’s quarterback, Owen Lanning, finished the game with three interceptions.

But he bounced back on the following drive, as he found Devin Acevedo for an 84-yard touchdown.

Acevedo finished the game with six catches for 135 yards.

Teammate James Thompkins also got into the scoring action with an 82-yard touchdown run later in the half.

Bartlow said W-P must be able to get the ball in both Acevedo’s and Thompkins’ hands moving forward.

“Devin caught the ball really well,” Bartlow said. “He’s got great hands and we need to get him the ball even more.

“Thompkins got the ball a couple different times,” Bartlow said. “He’s got speed no one else can touch. We just need to continue to get the ball to our playmakers.”

W-P has a bye next week before playing at DeSales on Oct. 4.

Bartlow said W-P is focusing on special teams play and the improving the passing game during the bye week.

Orofino 59, W-P 20

W-P 0 0 14 6 — 20

Orofino 12 6 29 12 — 59

Oro — Lee 30 pass from Kukykendall (2-pt pass failed)

Oro — Walker 36 pass from Kukykendall (2-pt run failed)

Oro — Schwartz 1 run (2-pt pass failed)

Oro — Walker 21 interception return (2-pt Reggear run)

W-P — Acevedo 84 pass from Lenning (Antonio Benito kick)

Oro — Reggear 3 run (Lee pass from Kukykendall)

Oro — Kukykendall 16 run (Turner kick)

W-P — Thompkins 82 run (Benito kick)

Oro — Walker 23 pass from Kukykendall (kick failed)

Oro — Walker 10 run (kick failed)

Oro — Walker 5 run (kick failed)

W-P — Thompkins 14 run (kick failed)

Orofino W-P

First downs 16 7

Rushes-yards 45-323 20-126

Passing yards 234 174

Passes (att-comp-int) 19-11-0 27-15-3

Punts-yards 0-0 4-124

Fumbles-lost 3-2 4-2

Penalties-yards 8-100 5-50

Individual Statistics

RUSHING — Oro: Ta. Schwartz 20-111. Kukykendall 6-13. Judd 5-43. Ty. Schwartz 4-32. Jo. Walker 10-124. Lee 1-3. W-P: Learue 7-15. Acevedo 3-27. Thompkins 4-98. Team 6-(-14).

PASSING — Oro: Kukykendall 11-19 234 yard 3 TDs. W-P: Lanning 15-27-3 174 yards 1TD.

RECEIVING — Oro: Judd 2-27. Lee 4-77. Walker 3-96. Thomas 1-25. Ta. Schwartz 1-9. W-P: Acevedo 6-135. Larsen 2-5. Learue 2-21. Thompkins 2-0. Alexenko 3-13.

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