The opening script read just the way Westfall had hoped it would as the Mustangs took the first two possessions â€“ with an Adena punt sandwiched in between â€“ and turned both into touchdowns. The first came on a long Trent Williamson TD run â€“ a play that came shortly after Westfall converted a key third down play on a great catch by Dannie Mullins. The second score came about five minutes later when Williamson hit Tim Staten on a scoring pass play as Westfall led 14-0.
The Warriors were in jeopardy of having it get away from them in the second quarter. Westfall had forced another punt and was driving, when some penalties started to stall the drive for the Mustangs. Adenaâ€™s Jacob Bowdle also recorded a key sack that helped keep Adena in the game.
At that point, the Adena offense responded. The Warriors went to some wildcat formation as Adena running back Reid Hutchison started taking some direct snaps and making plays with both his feet and his arm. A big play on the drive was a Hutchison to usual quarterback Kirk Yates for 38 yards to convert a third down. On the next play, Hutchison took the snap and went 23 yards for a touchdown. Westfall did block the PAT as the two teams went to the half with the Mustangs leading 14-6.
The second half started with more of the same. Adena started with the ball, but went three-and-out including what seemed like a broken play on the second down snap that killed the drive before it started. After the punt, Westfall went 76 yards on nine plays as Williamson found Staten for a touchdown to make it 21-6.
With their perfect season in trouble, the Warriors responded with a long drive of their own. Finally, as the drive moved into the fourth quarter, it was Hutchison scoring on 4th-and-goal on the first play of the final quarter. The two-point try was no good, so Westfall was still up two possessions at 21-12.
As the clock ticked under the 10 minute mark, the Adena defense did hold as WF was forced to punt. The Warriors moved the ball over the next four minutes into Westfall territory, when Hutchison â€“ who at this point was pretty much playing quarterback exclusively â€“ hit Yates for a touchdown to trim the Westfall lead to 21-18. The two-point try failed to keep the WF lead at three points.
Now, with 6:36 remaining, Williamson and the Westfall offense took the ball and tried to put the game away, but the Adena defense was up to the challenge. The Warriors forced a three-and-out as Westfall had to punt.
Still using Hutchison at quarterback, the Adena offense had some chances for some big plays down field; however, the drive ended on a 4th-and-15 play when WFâ€™s Staten recorded an INT.
Adena was able to get one last shot as Westfall was forced to punt as the clock went down under two minutes, and the Mustangs kicked it to Hutchison. The Adena star returned the punt into Westfall territory leaving Adena 46 yards from the end zone.
On the next play, Hutchison hit Yates down around the 30 yard line. Two plays later, WF was called for pass interference followed by a personal foul to move the ball all the way down to the nine yard line.
On the next play, Hutchison rolled right and hit Yates for a go-ahead touchdown. The PAT was good to make it 25-21, but after the touchdown, it was now Adena who used poor judgment earning an unsportsmanlike penalty.
This flag helped Westfall get great field position as the Mustangs took over in Adena territory. On first down, Adena was flagged for 12 men on the field moving the ball down to the Adena 32-yard line. With 17 seconds left, Williamson connected on a pass play to Luke Cline to the one-yard line. Now, with seven seconds left Williamson rolled right and threw a one-yard TD to Jon Thomas for an SVC championship score. The irrelevant PAT made the final score 28-25. SCORING SUMMARY & PICTURES FROM KEN FARRAR...&...CLICK HERE TO LOOK BACK AT THIS WEEK'S PREVIEW OF THIS GAME
Paint Valley 27 Huntington 14
After both teams had drives stall inside the red zone, Huntington finally broke the tie as quarterback Brice Vickers hit Gunner Knece for a score. The two-point try was good giving Huntington an 8-0 advantage.
The Bearcats responded immediately as Eli Barker hit Logan Ackley on a 60 yard pass play to cut the lead to 8-6. The conversion try was no good as Huntington led 8-6 at the half.
Paint Valley started the second half by reaching in their bag of tricks. Running back Mark Clifford took the pitch and hit Ackley to put the Bearcats up 14-8. Later, Barker hit Dylan Estep for a score as well to stretch the lead to 21-8.
Now it was Huntingtonâ€™s turn to respond. The Huntsmen put a drive together that eventually responded in running back Ronnie Hettinger finding the end zone to cut the PV lead to 21-14.
Huntingtonâ€™s final chance was squashed with a special teamâ€™s mistake as PV added a score to win it 27-14.
In a match-up of two great defenses and two solid kickers, it was ZTâ€™s Connor Smith kicking a field goal first only to see Unioto answer with a touchdown. Zane Trace quarterback Ian Carle hit Colton Whitehouse for the first of two TDs to take a 9-7 lead. Unioto then scored a TD followed by a Drew Gabis FG to go up 17-9, but ZT answered Carle to Whitehouse to cut the lead to 17-15. Carle then hit Tyler Hinty for the two-point conversion to tie it 17-17. In overtime, Zane Trace stopped Unioto first, and Carle then hit Matt Marnell out of the backfield for the game-winning score.