St. Mary's v. Westwood

Westwood Remains Unbeaten

#7 St. Mary's Knights hosted the #3 Westwoood Warriors at Phoenix College.  Westwood scored first on an eleven play drive. Keigan Thompson took it in from 5 yards out to give the Warriors a 7-0 lead.


The Knights charged back with a seven-play 80 yard drive. Josh Felton carried the load accounting for 77 of the rushing yards. Big Keaton Kristick carried it in the final three to tie the game at 7.


On their next possession, Westwood had a two-play 65 yard drive. Jay Leal had an eighteen yard run which was followed immediately by a 47 yard touchdown run on a reverse by Cylend Simmons. PAT missed. Westwood ended the quarter with a 13-0 lead.


In the second quarter Westwood quarterback Brice Wilkins took to the air. He completed eight of thirteen attempts for 110 yards. This includes a 20 yard touch down pass to Ricardo Garcia and a two-point conversion to Ty Nielson.  With his own running and passing he later moved his team down field for a field goal late in the quarter to give the Warriors a 24-7 lead at half.


It was a back and fourth second half with neither tem able to get any momentum for a sustained drive. Westwood worked to run the clock out while St. Mary's worked on their passing game in an attempt to catch up.


After a half of football, final score Westwood 24, St. Mary's 7.


Game balls: Keaton Kristick for the Knights. He had three sacks several hurries and one touch down. For Westwood, Mark Brown who played a very physical O and D line. And Jay Leal. Leal was Wilkins favorite receiver and made several key catches to keep drives alive. Leal also has a canon for a leg.


Bottom Line: The Knights could not get anything going against the strong Warrior D. The passing game opened up in the second half but Aaron Verline only completed 9 of 21 attempts for 95 yards. (He was 0-3 in the first half). The Knights are going to have to get receivers open to take pressure of the run. The Knights played hard in the second half but had drives stopped by fumbles and interceptions.


Westwood came out strong but they did not finish strong. In the second half they seemed to be playing not lose instead of playing to win. They will need have that winning instinct if they hope to compete against the best later in the season. On offense they have several players that contribute and are a threat to score. On D, they like to hit.

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