Westwood v. Gilbert
Neither team was able to get on the board in the 1st half. Gilbert started off poorly, committing turnovers on their 1st two possessions but Westwood was not able to capitalize on either. The Gilbert defense was spectacular in the 1st half, holding the Warriors to under 50 yards of total offense. Gilbert was able to move the ball at times but penalties hurt most of their chances. The Tigers actually were in scoring position with under 1 minute to go in the 1st half. They had the ball 1st and goal from the 3 and couldn't get the ball in. They chose to go for it on 4th down and were stuffed. Score at half 0-0.
Gilbert was 1st to get on the scoreboard. With 7:54 remaining in the 3rd period, QB Kyle Newhall-Caballero found WR Bryan McDaniel on a 17 yard TD strike. The PAT was no good and the score was Gilbert 6 Westwood 0.
But the Warriors would end up scoring 28 unanswered points for the victory. Westwood answered with a Jay Leal 5 yard TD run on the next possession. And it was all Westwood from there. QB Brice Wilkins found WR Paul Mallory in the corner of the endzone for a 22 yard scoring strike with 5 seconds left in the 3rd quarter to make it 14-6 Westwood.
Gilbert was never able to get back on track in the 4th. The Westwood D pressured Caballero and the Westwood offense played ball control. Wilkins picked off a pass in the 4th and ran in for a 1 yard score making it 21-6. Westwood added another score late when Caballero threw up a desperation pass and it was picked off by Cylend Simmons and returned 60 yards for a score. Westwood picked off Caballero 3 times on the night. The final was Westwood 28 Gilbert 6.
Westwood cannot play like they did
in the 1st half against
Westwood QB Brice Wilkins. Wilkins shook off a shaky 1st half and was big at the right time in the 2nd. He ended the game with two interceptions on defense and threw and ran for TDs.