|Westfall ready to defend regional crown
|In the picture above, quarterback D.J. Cain and all-around star Ben Cline run an option play during Westfall's Week 9
win over Piketon. The 42-12 victory marked their 25th straight SVC win which tied the SVC record. The following week
the Mustangs beat Unioto 48-21 to take the record for themselves. This record will continue next fall, but for now, Coach
Keller and his Mustangs have a regional title to defend. First up - at Ironton this Friday night!
Eight weeks ago, Westfall was sitting at 0-2 and facing the reality
that in order to return to the playoffs they would have to be perfect
for the remainder of the season - mission accomplished! With eight
straight wins and never really challenged after halftime, Westfall's
offense has been incredible mixing the run and pass to post just
under 40 points per game. During the win streak, the Westfall
defense has continued to get better. They did struggle with the run
during the middle part of the season; however, in Week 9 the
defensive unit made a statement holding Piketon (who came in
averaging a league best 38.0 ppg.) to just 12 points. A Westfall
team that was searching for answers has really found its identity
during the conference schedule; however, WF realizes that Ironton
presents them with a huge challenge on both sides of the ball.
"Big, physical, very well coached, and very patient offensively and
defensively," said Westfall head coach Scott Keller when asked
about his Week 11 opponent. "They are huge up front. They run the
ball very well and might be the best tackling team we play. In fact, in
the previous three times we've played them, we can probably count
on one hand the number of tackles that we have broken."
The one area the Mustangs seem to always have an advantage - and
should this week as well - is the talent of quarterback D.J. Cain.
The senior signal-caller's run-pass threat is at times something that
you would expect to see in a video game instead of against playoff
caliber defenses, but Cain seems to always bring his best game to
the biggest stage. Entering Friday, Cain is now 21-3 has a starter.
He has thrown for over 1,500 yards and ran for another 760. He
has had a hand in 26 total touchdowns for the Mustangs this season.
"We feel we can give them some match-up problems in the
secondary," said Keller. "They play a very soft and passive type of
pass defense, their theory being that they will give you any of the
underneath routes and nobody is patient enough to go 80 yards in
15 plays. At some point, you're either going to get bored and force
something or eventually make a mistake. We have to be patient and
just take what they give us."
Cain is also surrounded by several weapons including Ben Cline and
Bryant Gibson. Not only is the Westfall duo great return guys, they
have both combined for nearly 2,000 yards of total offense from
Kick-off is at 7:30 Friday night at Ironton. If you are unable to
travel down to support the Mustangs, then listen to Mike Smith and
B.J. Dailey on WKKJ, 94.3 F.M.
|MUSTANGS OVERCAME TOUGH START TO REACH WEEK 11
By Shayne Combs, SVCsportszone.com
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Players to Watch
#25 = Chance Freeman = RB
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#26 = Cory Dyer = RB
5'10" - 180 - SR
#89 = Lukas Morris = CB
6'2" - 150 - SR
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