High School (13-5A, 3-1 overall, 2-1 district) football fans who found
themselves grieving and confused over the team's loss last week to Klein Forrest
can take a deep breath and relax. Their
team's back, trumping Klein High School (13-5A, 1-3 overall, 1-2 district) 28-14
at George Stadium Fri., Oct. 10.
head coach Corby Meekins downplayed talk of Westfield returning to form, saying
that the long weeks off due to Hurricane Ike had affected the team's level of
play against Klein Forrest.
did what we normally do," he said, of the win against Klein.
"[The loss to] Klein Forrest was because we weren't ready to play
12 of 15 passes and throwing for two touchdowns with no interceptions, Jacoby Walker, in particular, had a standout gxame even by his own standards.
Having already thrown for more than 1100 yards this season and surrounded
by some of 13-5A's finest receivers, Walker is again proving himself to be one
of, if not the, district's premiere quarterbacks.
Walker found his rhythm early and rarely faltered.
star receiver, on the other hand, was a little bit of a different story - at
least at first. Ja'mes Logan bobbled
two catches early on, but soon settled into play and never looked back,
recording three receptions for 48 yards and one touchdown.
still, the Westfield offense got off to a sputtering start, tempering the
normally rowdy home crowd. After
leading his team to within the red zone, two penalties set the Mustangs back.
Walker then lead the offense back down to the 18-yard line, where senior
P/K Ernesto Lazo missed the field goal with about seven minutes left in the
their first possession, the Bearkats found themselves in a position normally
occupied by the Mustangs -as the team that scored first.
Junior P/K Ron Doherty started the possession with an astounding 75-yard
kick-off. Within a few minutes,
junior QB Clayton Crum - who showed great location, particularly early on -
handed-off to junior running back Alex Muddiman, who promptly ran it in three
yards with 4:22 left in the first, making the score 7-0.
the first play, we gave them a short field," Meekins said.
"Offensively, we put them in a hole twice, and they scored
defensive line established themselves equally as tough, allowing almost no
penetration at all in the first quarter. They
all but shut down the running game. Even
handing-off to featured back Roland Hannah proved to be fruitless for Westfield
in the first quarter.
they took to the field in the second quarter, however, Westfield
emerged with both aspects of their offense back on track, scoring 21
unanswered points in the process. Eventually,
however, Walker found Logan in the endzone for a six-yard touchdown pass with
10:57 left to play in the half. On
this play and throughout the game, Logan showed a keen sense of field awareness
by making sure to stay in bounds even while he dragged the line.
A high snap over Lazo's head botched the PAT, so Westfield could only
narrow the gap 7-6.
Lazo's kick-off - which landed in the endzone - Klein fumbled the ball.
DB Thomas Smith recovered the loose ball and ran it in 19 yards to put
Westfield on top 13-7.
between a 3-4 and a 4-3 formation, the Westfield defense was unstoppable, with
DE Austin Mayes and DL Desmond Jackson recording a sack on Crum on Klein's last
posession of the half.
last score of the half came from another impressive play to Watson - this time
in the form of a 38-yard touchdown pass with 1:25 left in the first half.
Roland Hannah ran the ball in for the PAT, making the score 21-7 going
wasted little time adding to their lead. Walker
handed-off to Hannah, who ran in seven yards, making the score 28-7 with 8:23
left in the third. Klein wasn't
going down without a fight, though, and seemed to somewhat adjust to Westfield's
defense after halftime. Realizing
that they weren't doing much damage in the air, Klein started running the ball
more. Junior running back Dekota
Barnes - a tremendous talent and recorded 101 rushing yards and 78 receiving
yards on the night - streaked down the field 27 yards to contribute the last
score of the game with 13 seconds left to play in the third, making the final
score 28-14. Barnes played under
heavy coverage all night and still managed to consistently make excellent plays.
teams tried to run the ball more in the second half, and it seems a new star is
born at Westfield. Joining Roland
Hannah is Desmond Montgomery, who rushed almost 50 yards on 11 carries on the
night ended on a particularly sour note for Klein.
Westfield LB Kendrick Warren picked off QB Michael West's pass.
West recorded two interceptions against the four passes he threw for the
Oct. 17, Westfield travels to Tomball to face the Cougars (13-5A, 1-4 overall,
1-2 district). Meekins said that the
Mustangs have been preparing for Tomball's defense...and, of course, star
wide-out Jordan Leslie, currently sitting atop district 13-5A in receiving yards
with 759 on 39 total catches. That
puts Leslie 281 yards up on the player in second place:
Westfield's Adam Watson.
we got to try to shut number 9 (Leslie) down," Meekins said.
"Or you can't shut him down - you have to contain him, and try not
to give up any big plays."