Westfield tops Klein in 13-5A showdown

In a district as tough as 13-5A you cannot afford any missteps and make the playoffs. For Westfield they needed to bounce back after their loss to Klein Forest. Sarah Parker of Texasprepinsider.com was at the game and has this recap.

Westfield 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.

Westfield 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. 

"We 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 football."

Completing 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.

His 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. 

Even 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 first quarter. 

After 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. 

"On the first play, we gave them a short field," Meekins said.  "Offensively, we put them in a hole twice, and they scored twice."

Klein's 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.

When 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. 

Following 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. 

Switching 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. 

Westfield's 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 into halftime.

Westfield 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. 

Both 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. 

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 night. 

Fri., 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. 

"Offensively, 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." 













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