Football: Waitsburg-Prescott vs. Reardan preview capsule

November 15, 2012 

Waitsburg-Prescott Cardinals vs. Reardan Indians

Class 2B quarterfinal

When, where: 1 p.m. Saturday, West Valley High, Spokane

Records: Waitsburg-Prescott 10-1, Reardan 8-2

Forecast: 47 degrees, 40 percent chance of rain, winds SE at 11 mph

Last playoff appearance: Waitsburg-Prescott, 2011 (won state title). Reardan, 2009 (lost to La Salle 48-26 in first round).

Playoff history: Waitsburg-Prescott, 12-15 in 17 appearances (won state title in 2011, Prescott won state title in 1975). Reardan, 26-16 in 21 appearances (won state titles in 1990, 2002, 2003, 2005)

Top players: Waitsburg-Prescott, QB Stirling Eastman (122-193-5—2,224 passing, 19 TDs); RB Dalton Estes (93-998 rushing, 16 TDs, 36-665 receiving, 4 TDs); WR Roy Ebong (32-403 receiving, 4 TDs); TE Chance Leroue (26-538 receiving, 6 TDs); WR James Thompkins (13-437 receiving, 5 TDs). Reardan, RB Charlie Eldred, RB Jeff Bergeron, QB Wyatt Nieman.

Last week: Waitsburg-Prescott def. Oroville 54-26 and Reardan def. Kittitas 20-14 in first round of state playoffs

Up next: At winner of DeSales vs. Lind-Ritzville-Sprague

Notes: Cardinals will need to hope their run defense has improved since last week. W-P gave up some long runs against Oroville but was able to overcome it with a high-powered offensive display. That might not be as easy against Reardan and its option offense. The Indians will look to use misdirection to give the Cardinals problems up front. ... The teams have two common opponents, as both suffered losses to Tekoa-Oakesdale-Rosalia and both defeated Tri-Cities Prep. ... Eldred, a senior, has rushed for 1,000 yards this season for a team that is loaded with underclassmen.

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