Elgin finds its offense in 42-6 loss

Written by Observer staff reports October 15, 2012 02:39 pm

Weston-McEwen’s Reeve Betts coughs up the football in the fourth quarter Friday against Elgin and turned it over to the Huskies. The TigerScots won the game by a 42-6 margin. BRAD MOSHER - The Observer
Weston-McEwen’s Reeve Betts coughs up the football in the fourth quarter Friday against Elgin and turned it over to the Huskies. The TigerScots won the game by a 42-6 margin. BRAD MOSHER - The Observer

ELGIN — It has been missing most of the season.

But the Huskies finally found an offense in the fourth quarter of Friday’s Blue Mountain Conference battle with defending state 2A champion Weston-McEwen.

In fact, the Huskies scored twice in the fourth quarter, but one of them was called back on a penalty.

For Elgin coach Brock Eckstein, that was a bright spot in the 42-6 loss that dropped his team to 0-4 in league play.

It was Danny McGuire who scrambled into the end zone for the first score and sent his teammates into what might have appeared to be a victory celebration.

However, a penalty pushed the ball back.

The next time that the Huskies were in the end zone, it was Jeffrey Tarvin who dove in for the score — giving the Huskies their first “official” touchdown of 2012.

The defense had scored a safety in the 55-2 loss to Stanfield earlier in the season.

In four games, the Huskies have been outscored by a 210-6 margin.

Against the TigerScots Friday, Elgin fell into its habit of giving up points, the coach said.

But one thing the football players didn’t do was give up, Eckstein said.

They gained more than 100 yards in offense.

Elgin also picked up more than 100 yards in penalties Friday — the most all year.

According to Eckstein, that is just a sign of how young the team is.

He also praised his squad for never quitting and even coming back to score the touchdown late in the game.

The defense also stepped up in the second half and hobbled the TigerScots by stripping the ball away and shutting down plays that had hurt the team in the first half, according to Eckstein.

The Huskies had been ranked as high as 15th by the OSAA 2A football poll, even with a winless record, but now have dropped to 23rd in the latest poll.

“We (the BMC) have five playoff-caliber teams and only four will get in,” the coach said, citing the league’s strength and depth.

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