#2 Westwood v. #8 Red Mountain

<STRONG>Red Mountain in driver's seat for East Valley Region championship.</STRONG>

Red Mountain 26      Westwood 10



This game was highly anticipated for a number of reasons: the East Valley Region championship was at stake, Channing Trotter's transfer from Westwood to Red Mountain, Mesa bragging rights and playoff seeding.


The 1st quarter was dominated by Westwood. The Westwood defense held Red Mountain to under 20 yards of total offense and forced three 3 and outs. The Warrior offense also started out well, they took their second possession down the field in a hurry, scoring 5 plays. The drive was capped off by Kiegan Thompson's 28 yard TD run to make the score 7-0 after the PAT.


But just as the Westwood defense dominated the 1st quarter, the Red Mountain defense would dominate the rest of the game. They held the Westwood's high scoring offense to just 3 more points and fewer than 200 yards of total offense on the night.


Red Mountain began their scoring on an 11 yard Channing Trotter TD run to make the score 7-6 after the missed PAT. The TD was set up by a 15 yard Maurice Hector to Nick Miller pass and a 10 yard Trotter run. The scoring would continue, as Greg Bird forced a fumble on the ensuing kick-off to set up another 10 yard Trotter TD to make the score 12-7 after a failed 2-point conversion. Both teams would threaten late in the quarter but neither scored and the score at halftime was 12-7 in favor of Red Mountain.


Both teams started the 3rd quarter with 3 and outs but Westwood would threaten to score on the 2nd possession. A pass interference call moved Westwood into scoring position and a run by Thompson moved them inside the 10 yard line but Westwood would come away with no points, as they attempted a run on 4th and 2 from the 5 yard line that was stuffed by Greg Bird and DT John Hargis.


The momentum was clearly in favor of Red Mountain but 3 plays later Greg Bird fumbled and gave the Warriors the ball back in scoring position. They would come away with 3 points after a 44 yard Jay Leal FG to make the score 12-10 Red Mountain.


The 4th quarter belonged to Red Mountain. The quarter opened with Greg Bird hurdling a Westwood defender on a reverse for a 24 yard gain. Hector then found WR Nick Miller for 8 yards on 3rd and 4 to keep the drive alive. Channing Trotter would add his 3rd TD of the night a few plays later when he scored from 3 yards out to make the score 19-10.


Down two scores, Westwood was forced to throw the ball but QB Brice Wilkins seemed to be a little off all night. He would finish the night approximately 9 for 26 for about 50 yards and would throw 2 INTs on the next two possessions. One was picked off by Nick Miller and lead to another score when Hector found Miller for a 55 yard gain to set up a 3 yard Hector to TE Tanner Roberts TD to finish the scoring for the night. The final was Red Mountain 26 and Westwood 10.


Bottom Line: The Red Mountain defense really played well tonight. They had great performances by DT John Hargis, who collected a couple of TFLs and pretty much clogged the middle all night. In the secondary, Nick Miller and Jake Cerqua both had picks late in the game to seal the deal. But it was Greg Bird who stood out the most.


Game Ball: It seemed like Bird was everywhere. He made tackles in the backfield, broke up passes, punted and even chipped in 39 yards rushing on 3 carries.

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