There was no stopping the TigerScots on Thursday night.
Weston-McEwen’s home game resulted in a 67-0 shutout against the Riverside Pirates.
Senior running back Dylan Cain put his team on the scoreboard early in the first quarter, and freshman running back Levie Phillips rushed 39 yards for another score. A 2-point conversion from quarterback Blair Rudolph put the TigerScots ahead 14-0 with just two minutes left in the quarter.
But they weren’t done scoring in the first quarter just yet. Freshman Blaine Peal fired a 40-yard pass to wide receiver Theo White for another score, and a fumble from Riverside running back Andrew Shaw was swiftly recovered by White for a defensive score. The TigerScots led 28-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Phillips rushed 47 yards for a touchdown to open the second quarter. Rudolph later rushed through Riverside’s defense and into the end zone to put Weston-McEwen up 43-0.
Tight end Andrew Gambill completed the first half scoring binge with a run to give his team a 49-0 halftime lead.
Riverside continued to struggle in the second half. But the TigerScots offense rolled on with Phillips and Rudolph scoring touchdowns to make the score 61-0 at the end of the third quarter.
The TigerScots scored one more touchdown with 45 seconds left in the game for a final score of 67-0.
“This is a good turning point,” said TigerScots coach Travis Glover. “We finally played a complete game — everyone did everything they could during every single down. (Phillips) played outstanding. He did everything we could’ve asked.”
Weston-McEwen may have began their season with three consecutive losses, but after last week’s Stanfield win and Thursday’s shutout, things are taking a turn for the better.
“I’m just trying to help my team,” Phillips said after playing a key part in his team’s victory. “We played good all-around football. This season’s been pretty cool — I’m finally getting my chance.”
Weston-McEwen will travel to Heppner next Friday, and Riverside will hit the road again to play Grant Union.