This game was defined by offensive miscues and big defensive stops. The strength of both teams tonight was the play of their defenses. The gam started out ugly as Westview fumbled the opening kickoff to Marcos de Niza. But, as became common throughout the night, Marcos failed to capitiize on the turnover. Both teams squandered opportunites to score. Marcos de Niza had a chance to get points on the board in the first half after recovering a fumbled punt return. On the ensung play, Westview's Jourdan Grandon picked off a pass in the end zone. Later in the half, Grandon found Vincent Keener for a 20 yard TD pass. But, there was still some action left in the half. Marcos took the ball down to the Westview 3 yard line with little time remaining in the second period. But, Westivew's defense came up big. Marcos de Niza ran RB Ramon Abreu twice up the middle, only to get stuffed by the Westview defense. On third down Marcos faked the inside run and ran QB Zach Schira who was taken down on a great defensive play by Grandon. On fourth and goal, the Padres elected to run Abreu up the middle again, only to be denied a third time by the Knights. The first half ended with Westview up 7-0
In the second half Westview attempted an on-side kick to start the period. The Padres recovered and on the very next play Schira threw a quick screen to WR Justin Rodriguez who outraced the Knights defense 50 yards down the right sideline for the Padres lone score of the night. Later in the quarter Marcos de Niza looked like they were going to tie the game up as Schira found a wide open reciever streaking down the middle. But, the ball bounced threw the receiver's hands and into the arms of Westview sophomore DB Levi Childress. Westview failed to capitalize on the turnover, however.
In the fourth quarter Marcos held Westview on fourth down and seemed to be gaining momentum. But, two plays later Marcos fumbled the ball back to the Knights. Westview capped the short drive with a seven yard run by FB/DE Terry Williams. Marcos made another late push in the final stanza to tie the game up, but Westivew knocked down a Schira pass on fourth down to seal the win for the Knights.
Overall, both offenses looked stagnant tonight. Westview definitely missed sophomore running back Carlton Williams, who sat out the contest with an ankle injury. Marcos de Niza failed to capitalize on opportunites, turning the ball over several times. Kudos to both defenses. The Padres looked fast and bottled up QB Jourdan Grandon all night. But, Westview made more out of the opportunites they were given and that was all it took to wrap up a repeat trip to the state title game.
Westview v. Marcos de Niza
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