WF WINS! Mustangs take advantage of ZT's mistakes to capture 28-21 win
By Shayne Combs,
Westfall has now won
22-straight SVC games - just
three shy of PV's record of 25
set back in the early to mid-90s.
In a match-up of the league's top two defenses, it was a few offensive stars that took
over the stage in Friday night's first half; however, those two defenses did show up in
the second half. Finally, after seven lead changes, WF's Ben Cline found the end zone
for the fourth time and quarterback D.J. Cain hit Matt Near for the two-point
conversion to put the Mustangs up 28-21 - a score that would eventually be the game's
final score.

Even in a losing effort and even with Cline's four scores, the individual that took the
game over throughout the night was Zane Trace's Jordie Wonderleigh. The senior
running back was incredible. He carried it 30 times for 230 yards and a touchdown.
Unfortunately for ZT, the Pioneers made too many mistakes and WF responded the
way you would expect the defending champions to do so.

With ZT leading by one early in the third-quarter, Wonderleigh had broken a 56-yard
TD run that would have put ZT up by eight; however, a penatly called it back. ZT also
had a drive down inside the five-yard line killed by a penatly. On the night, the
Pioneers had nine penalties for 85 yards.

Zane Trace's fine front-seven made it difficult for the Mustangs to run the ball, but the
equalizer for the Mustangs was Cain. The senior signal-caller threw for 245 yards, a
touchdown (30-yards to Cline), and the before mentioned two-point conversion to
Near. Cain also was able to earn some tough yards on the ground from his quarterback
position that forced ZT to remain honest in the middle.

Zane Trace's first touchdown came on a Kirk Maxwell to D.J. Merriman pass and then
Maxwell later found the end zone from nine yards out on a quarterback keeper.

The win moves Westfall to 4-2, 3-0. The Mustangs travel to Frankfort next Friday
night while ZT, now 3-3, 2-1 will return home to host Unioto.
With Piketon running back Keiffer
Reed unable to carry his normal
load, it was Tyler Tackett's 16
carries for 233 yards that led
Piketon to a 43-22 SVC win
Friday night at Paint Valley. The
Redstreak running back also
scored three times.

Piketon jumped out to a 14-0
advantage, but the Bearcats
clawed back to take a 22-21 lead
in the third quarter. That is when
Piketon scored 22 unanswered to
pull away.

Paint Valley's Colton Morris
continues his fine senior season
with 104 yards on 15 carries. The
all-around star also scored a pair
of touchdowns.
An Adam Carrigan 28-yard TD catch and a Scott Perkins TD run
had Huntington clinging to a 14-6 halftime advantage. The
Huntsmen continued to hold that same lead after three quarters and
then deep into the fourth quarter; however, Southeastern found the
end zone late, converted on the two-point try, and then scored in
overtime to capture the win.

Southeastern Jordan Elam enjoyed an incredible night. Elam rushed
26 times for 255 yards and a pair of scores. Roy Oates also found
the end zone once for the Panthers.

For Huntington, Perkins carried it 23 times for 134 yards to go with
his score. Tyler Bethel also gained 73 yards on six attempts.
Carrigan not only scored the before mentioned touchdown, but he
also led the Huntsmen defense with eight tackles and an interception.
Unioto's defense contained Adena
for about a quarter-and-a-half, but
the two-shade blue's running game
took over from there. Buddy
Barnes had 188 yards on the
ground as Adena rolled 48-0.

The Warriors are now 4-2, 2-1 as
they prepare for a huge home game
next week with Westfall.
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