This game ended up being a tale of two halves. Basha led Westview 35-28 at halftime but the Knights didn't allow a point in the 2nd half and rallied to a 45-35 win over Basha on Thursday night.
Basha took an early 14-0 lead on two Ryan Kelley to Hunter Dean Gibson passes.
Westview did what they do best, run the ball, and Jalen Johnson, who would finish with 271 yards rushing, scored his first of three TDs on the night. 14-7.
A third possession equaled a third Kelley TD. This one covered 21 yards and went to senior WR Doc O'Connor. 21-7.
Westview got a score in before the 1st quarter ended as Ryan Martinez hit Storm Donahue from 15 yards out. 28-14.
A failed onside kick gave Basha good field position and the efficient Basha offense scored quickly. Kelley to O'Connor again to make it 28-14.
Although the two offenses play contrasting styles, Westview kept with the pace. Johnson raced in from 69 yards out. 28-20 as the PAT was no good.
The teams exchanged their first punts of the game and then both managed to score TDs again before the first half even ended. Basha RB Zack Reed scored from a few years out and Martinez and Donahue hooked up again for Westview. Johnson added the two point play, making the score 35-28 at the half.
But it was all Westview in the second half as their offense played ball control and the defense locked things down. Jalen Johnson scored for the third time to tie the game at 35 on the first drive of the half. Westview forced a punt and went down and kicked a FG to take their first lead of the game, 38-35, early in the 4th quarter.
Basha drove the field, getting to the 8 yard line, only to come away with no points, missing a FG. Still playing tough, their defense forced a punt but big Westview DT Dezmon Dean intercepted Kelley. The Knights went on a 4 minute scoring drive that all but sealed the deal. Fullback Tyler Vasko scored the final TD of the game for Westview.
Final Westview 45 Basha 35
Just look at the possessions. In the first half, Basha had the ball 6 times and scored 5 TDs and punted once. Westview had 4 TDs and 2 punts. In the 2nd half Basha had the ball 4 times. They punted once, missed a FG, got intercepted and fumbled the ball away at the end of the game. Westview had 2 TDs, 1 FG and punted once.
Westview RB Jalen Johnson had over 300 yards of total offense, including 271 yards rushing, and 3 TDs.
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