This game was highly anticipated
for a number of reasons: the East Valley Region championship was at stake, Channing Trotter's transfer from
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
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
The 4th quarter
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
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.