Westview jumped out to an early lead after R.J. Robinson scored to make it 7-3 after one quarter.
Joe Lauer added to the advantage, punching it in from five yards out to make it 14-3. The score was set up on a Jourdan Grandon to Carlton Williams bomb.
But Deer Valley did not quit. They used a pass happy offense and some Westview errors kept them in the game the whole night and it seemed to start here. A Terry Williams sack put DV in 3rd and very long but it was the arm of QB Pearce Swerdfeger that got the Hawks in scoring position after two clutch passes. Billy Lutz's six yard pass from Swerdfeger put the score at 14-10 with under three minutes to go in the half.
A roughing call put Westview near midfield after the return and two Grandon passes later, the Knights took a 21-10 lead into halftime, when he hooked up with RB Mike Sauceda.
DV punted the ball away to start the 2nd half and Westview pounded down the field with Grandon and Robinson five to seven yards at a time. Robinson added his second score of the night from ten yards out to make it 28-10 Westview.
The next series of events were some of the craziest I have seen. Deer Valley was driving but Westview Eric Ramsey intercepted a pass on 3rd down and fumbled while returning the ball. DV recovered and never got much going. On the punt, DV snapped the ball over the punter's head and Westview took over with great field position. But the Knights fumbled the ball away again and DV recovered. Swerdfeger then started hitting 6-3 wideout Nate Skousen, hitting him and Lutz to get them in scoring position. This time they capitalized with a Swerdfeger to Skousen touchdown pass. The score was now 28-17 early in the 4th quarter.
The 4th quarter was full of Westview fumbles but DV was never able to get closer than within fifteen points. Jourdan Grandon added another TD for the Knights and Deer Valley hit a short field goal to make it 35-20 for the final.
Westview is not as explosive as last year but they have capable backs and a tough o-line that will keep them in games by managing the clock and grinding out yards. I am sure Coach Bowen will be having his kids do some ball handling drills, as there were way to many fumbles for any coach's liking.
Deer Valley for the second week in a row hung tough against a sood team but was not able to capitalize on Westview's mistakes.
I really liked what I saw from Terry Williams from Westview. He was in the backfield all night form his DE spot and had at least three sacks.
Watch out for Nate Skousen from Deer Valley, kid has some skills and must have had over 100 yards receiving.