Paint Valley's offensive line opened up a truck-size hole as
Colton Morris followed a great lead block from Gage
McFadden, and went 74-yards on the first play of the
game Friday night. Westfall's offense answered scoring a
touchdown on its first four possessions - three by Ben Cline
- to give the Mustangs an early 27-6 advantage.
The Bearcats put together a nice drive which covered a
little over five minutes. On the drive, Paint Valley went to a
combination of runners including Morris and McFadden
mainly between the tackles, as well as, the great speed of
Garett Tyree on the outside. Finally, it was Morris from five
yards out to trim the lead to 27-12.
On the next drive it was Tyree coming up with a big
interception giving quarterback Matt Workman and his
Paint Valley offense a short field. On the first play of the
next drive, PV went to a reverse and junior Wes Parker
went 26 yards for the score. This play marked the third
straight week that Parker has found the end zone, and at
this point, Parker's score had cut the Westfall lead to
Westfall answered with the play of the night. Coach Keller
went into his bag of tricks and pulled out a triple-reverse,
pass which ended in Ben Cline throwing a 77-yard
touchdown pass to Bryant Gibson with 12-seconds
remaining in the first half. The two teams would head to the
half with Westfall up 33-18.
To start the second half, Paint Valley's defense came up
with a much needed stop. Following a Westfall punt, the
Bearcats went back to the ground game and moved the ball
with great success. After a variety of Paint Valley ball
carriers moved the ball down inside the five, it was Morris
finding the end zone for the third time on the night to trim
the Westfall lead to 33-24. This time PV was able to
convert in the kicking game as Workman's PAT was good
making it 33-25 halfway through the third period.
Several flags hurt Westfall's next drive - including one that
erased what would have been a 41-yard touchdown pass
from D.J. Cain to Gibson - and eventually forced WF to
This opened the door for Paint Valley to get even for the
first time since early in the first quarter; however, the
Westfall defense forced a three-and-out, and setup great
field position for the Mustangs.
Taking over at their own 48-yard line, the Mustangs started
a seven play, 52-yard drive that ended in a Gibson score to
push the WF lead back to two possessions at 39-25.
Now facing a near "must score" drive, PV was faced with a
third and short when Parker was dropped for a big loss
forcing a PV punt. This allowed Cain and company to grind
the ground game and run the game clock all the way down
under the five-minute mark.
Westfall's defense would make the 14-point advantage
hold up as the Mustangs beat the Bearcats 39-25. The win
extends Westfall consecutive SVC win streak to 20 games.
|Westfall wins offensive shootout
Ben Cline involved in four Westfall
After struggling through a difficult stretch of
non-conference opponents, Huntington
traveled to Unioto to start league play and
captured a 21-14 victory.
Unioto scored first to go up 7-0, but
Huntington stayed true to the game plan
which was to run the ball. Senior running
back Tyler Bethel scored on runs of 55 and
4 yards. Scott Perkins scored Huntington's
go-ahead score in the third quarter. Perkins
rushed for 103 yards on the night.
Chris Marsh was perfect on all three PAT
Zane Trace 1-0
Paint Valley 0-1
Down 21-14 at the half, Zane Trace's
defense pitched a shutout in the game's final
24 minutes to record a 28-21 comeback
Zane Trace will host Huntington next week
in a battle of two 1-0 SVC teams.