|OFFENSE: 33.3 (1st in SVC)
DEFENSE: 26.0 (4th in SVC)
DIFFERENTIAL: +7.3 (1st in
|OFFENSE: 26.7 (2nd in SVC)
DEFENSE: 20.3 (2nd in SVC)
DIFFERENTIAL: +6.4 (2nd in
playoffs, & more on
the line at Zane Trace
|"Williamson, Hammond and Bowling are doing a great job of leading the offense
for the Mustangs. Williamson is a dual run/pass threat. Hammond runs the zone
well and is a very good receiver and run after the catch athlete. Bowling is using
his wrestling skills very well on the offensive line. It will be a tremendous
challenge on Friday night."
-ZT head coach Gary Peters on Westfall's offensive unit
|No question, he's a great athlete.
He's makes great decisions with
the ball, whether running the
option or in their passing game.
We feel like we have to contain
him and keep him in the pocket;
he's most dangerous when he's on
the move. The thing we'll try to
do this week is put one of our best
athletes back there and let him run
the scout team. That's all you can
really do. Is it going to be a
realistic look for us? No chance,
but at this level of football, you're
never going to get the look from
your scout team that you need.
You just hope your Varsity is
focused and locked in mentally to
their assignments. When you
defend ZT you have to play
assignment football. They present
too many problems with the
option to fall asleep defensively.
-WF head coach Scott Keller on
|He takes what the defense gives
us. He's a coach's son, so you see
that in the way he plays. If a team
is loading the box and giving us the
pass, he's going to take it. If they
walk out of the box and try to
defend some of our passing game,
we're going to run it. He's only
thrown three picks in six games, so
he's done a great job of not forcing
anything, protecting the football,
and checking us into plays that can
be successful. He plays the game
with a coach's mind and a
linebacker's mentality. He likes to
think the game and he likes to play
the game as physically as
possible. Not very typical of
quarterbacks in general.
-WF head coach Scott Keller on
|Our team is very balanced offensively. Weeks
4 and 5 we were within two yards, both weeks,
in the run/pass totals. Week 6 in the mud kept
our pass yardage down. Offensively, Kirk
commands the show in the huddle. Josh Flint,
at center, keeps the offensive line on the same
page. Kirk does a great job distributing the
ball to our playmakers based on what the
defense gives us. Each week someone different
steps up to make the plays that are available.
Our students are following our motto, "WE >
ME", very well thus far this season.
-ZT head coach Gary Peters on his offense, his
quarterback, and why his team has been
successful in 2009
|Top two offenses in the SVC
led by the league's top two
signal callers and an inside
track to a gold ball, which would
most likely also produce a
punched ticket to Week 11; All
this on the line Friday night in
Kinnikinnick. If you need more,
Westfall brings a league's
best-ever streak of 29 straight
SVC wins into this game, and
yes, Zane Trace is the last team
to beat them.
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BY SHAYNE COMBS, SVCSPORTSZONE.COM
It is hard to start talking about this game without talking about the quarterbacks. Westfall's
Vinnie Williamson and Zane Trace's Kirk Maxwell are two guys that can beat you with their
feet and with their arm. In Week 6, both guys were extremely sharp in preparation of this
week's showdown. Williamson threw for 242 yards and three scores in a win over Southeastern
while Maxwell threw two touchdowns and ran for two more in a win over Huntington.
Perhaps the best news for Westfall is the improved health of Matt Near. Westfall has lost some
pass catchers for the year, but Near returned from injury a few weeks back and in Week 6-the
first week Coach Keller really felt that he was healthy-Near caught eight balls for 161 yards and
two scores. In Near's absence, Westfall has developed some play-making depth with threats like
Jake Cantrell and Nick Hammond.
Maxwell's supporting cast is very talented as well. Gabe Haynes, who has caught three TDs in
the last two games including two scores in a big 14-13 Week 5 win over Piketon, is the go to
receiver. Maxwell will also look for Evan Dodd and Dallas Cochenour in the passing game. Ben
Jones and Chris Finley add some solid between-the-tackle running to compliment Maxwell's
ability in the quarterback read option plays.
It is also hard to think about Friday night without realizing the recent tradition in this rivalry.
Westfall has the well documented streak of 29- a streak that started in Week 5 of 2005-just one
week after Zane Trace defeated the Mustangs. When it comes to winning golden footballs, ZT
knows a little something about that as well. That 2005 team, as well as the 2004 Zane Trace
team, enjoyed perfect league seasons while making the playoffs. The Pioneers won the league in
2001 and went to Week 11, but did not win the gold ball due to a loss to guess who...Westfall.
When I think about this match-up, I feel the difference will be the team that wins the broken
plays. What separates these two quarterbacks from the others that I have seen this year is what
they do when the "called" play is no longer in tact. For example, in Zane Trace's key win over
Piketon, the defense of the Redstreaks-which continues to be the league's best in terms of
points allowed-had ZT under control. They had stopped the run, they had contained the
athletes on the outside, and the difference in the game was simply Maxwell. Zane Trace's big
plays came in times of improvisation by Maxwell. Either running the two-minute drill before
the half or keeping plays alive to throw the ball down field late, Maxwell found a way to get all
of ZT's athletes involved.
This type of versatility is the same thing you get with Williamson. Each Friday night while
listening to the opposing coaches, who coach against this kid for the first time, you can tell he is
too much to handle. If you need to keep the ball on the ground, he can run it 25 times like he did
in Week 4 against Unioto. If you need to air it out, he can do that as well like he did this past
Lastly, both teams have more than prepared themselves for this stage. Both teams have played
Logan Elm. Zane Trace has also played Amanda Clearcreek. I don't want to get into predictions.
I think Westfall and their streak prove that they are the top team until someone proves
different, and I think everyone agrees that Zane Trace enters Friday with as good of shot as any
SVC team has had in recent history.
Should be a dandy and SVCsportszone.com will have it covered.
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|Panthers Roll on
|ZANE TRACE STOPS STREAK
Jones, Maxwell Magnificent in Win!
Southeastern ran for 195 yards and
they threw for 194 yards in a
balanced attack in a 33-6 win over
Huntington Friday night. Adam Cottrill
led the way rushing 18 times for 96
yards. Cottrill ran for a TD and caught
a score as well.
Southworth scores late to lift
Paint Valley jumped out to a 13-6
lead at halftime and then stretched it to
20-6 when they returned the opening
kick of the second half for a score;
however, Piketon scored two late
TDs including a two-point conversion
to tie the game at 20-20. Following a
PV fumble, Piketon's Caleb
Southworth went to work. The senior
found the end zone on a short run
which was set-up by his long 48 yard
scamper earlier in the drive. Piketon's
earlier score came on a long pass from
Jamie Helton to Jared Vulgamore.
Piketon's Tyler Tackett did return to
the field after missing last week.
Tackett did rush for 93 yards, but was
unable to run at 100-percent.
PV's scores came on a quarterback
iso from Dove as well as two scores
from Wes Parker. Parker rushed for
139 yards and a TD plus a KO return
for a score.
|Johnson, Reid Run
Warriors to Win
Homecoming night in Frankfort
resulted in a 47-23 win over Unioto.
John Johnson found the end zone four
times while gaining 173 yards on 29
carries. Last week's Herbie Strange
Athlete of the Week, Reid Hutchison
added 140 yards on 14 rushes.
Hutchison scored three times. The
two-shade blue rushed for 382 yards.
Adena is now 3-1 in the SVC and
4-3 overall. Unioto drops to 1-3 and
|BELOW IS A LOOK BACK AT PREVIEW COVERAGE ENTERING WEEK 7
Several eyes were on the two signal callers entering Friday's
showdown and the two responded. Zane Trace quarterback
Kirk Maxwell completed 12 of his 19 passes for 104 yards and
he ran for another 130 yards on 21 carries. Westfall's Vinnie
Williamson was 16 of 27 for 324 yards.
Special teams played a big role for ZT. Nick Ganus kicked two
field goals and an extra point providing the difference.
Westfall had two drives to tie the game, but one resulted in a
fumble and the final one ended in a turnover on downs as the ZT
defense held on a 4th and 1 with 39-seconds remaining to
clinch the 29-22 win..
Scoring in the game included three touchdown runs for Zane
Trace's Ben Jones. Maxwell threw for two, two-point
covnersions hitting Evan Dodd for one and Gabe Haynes for
Westfall got a touchdown run from Seth Sias while Williamson
ran for a touchdown, hit Jake Cantrell for a touchdown, and
threw two-point conversions to Matt Near and Cantrell.
The win snaps WF's SVC, best ever streak at 29 as ZT nows
sits all alone in first-place at 4-0 in league play.