Westwood gets the best of Round Rock 34-14

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In a rivalry game that has come down to the wire in years past, the Westwood Warriors took the win with ease against the Round Rock Dragons on Friday night at the RRISD athletic complex. As Westwood's homecoming game and a game that will likely decide a a playoff spot for district 16-5A the Warriors knew a victory would prove crucial and they rose to the occasion. 

"I was very happy with the attitude and effort [our team] displayed throughout the entire game," coach Anthony Wood said. "Especially at the beginning of the game. I thought our defense came in and set the tone for what we expected throughout the night."

Wood said the 20 point margin in the 34 -14 win came as a surprise in a generally fierce rivalry game.

"I think the last time five times we have played them, three of them have gone down to the last minute off the ball game," Wood said. "To see the score the score like it is is very unexpected."

Westwood scored half of their points in the last five minutes of the opening quarter. Field goal kicker Jordan Williamson started off the Warrior scoring by hitting a 47 yard field goal.

"He's got one kick over 50 yards this year and I think that's his third kick over 45 yards this year," Wood said. "He's an incredible individual. He's been kicking for me since he was a freshman. We're really going hate to see him leave."

Soon after Round Rock fumbled the ball and linebacker Aaron Moore recovered for the Warriors. Two plays later running back Princeton Collins caught a 26 yard pass in the end zone to give Westwood a 10-0 lead.

"It felt good," Collins said. "Everyone did what we were supposed to do. I just came out and did what I did and we got the score."

The Dragons continued to struggle with turnovers as defensive back Josh Schmiedehaus intercepted a pass from Round Rock quarterback Ian Bramel and brought the ball down to the Dragon 30. A few plays later Princeton Collins charged the ball into the end zone on a four yard touchdown run. 17-0 Westwood.

From their the Warriors more or less cruised to the win, save for the small road bump by Round Rock in the fourth quarter.

The Warriors scored 34 un-answered points before allowing two touchdowns early in the fourth quarter to put the Dragons on the scoreboard. The two quick touchdowns, the second of which came when Westwood fumbled in the end zone, gave the Warriors a slight late game scare. But with the recovery of the onside kick attempt the Warriors began to run down the clock and the Westwood defense squelched an further attempts by the Dragons to score.

In the final Round Rock play of the game Schmiedehaus intercepted his second pass of the game and ran it back nearly fifty yards, and came just five yards from scoring a touchdown.

"[Scgneidehaus] runs the 200 in less than 22 seconds, so he's really fast kid," Wood said. "We had been playing him at outside linebacker, moved him back to corner. Very excited about the way he played tonight."

Running back Princeton Collins, who is committed to Utah, earned honors as king of the game both on and off the field. At the homecoming court Collins was elected homecoming king by his peers. On the field Collins earned his thrown as he scored three touchdowns, one through the air and two the ground.

"There's a reason he's a Division 1 athlete," Wood said. "Because you can hand him the ball and he can make good things happen. He makes you as a coah look really good."

Turnovers played a big part in the game and Westwoods ability to use the post turnover momentum to score points spelled on of the big differences between it and Round Rock.

"It really is a testament to our defensive coaches, and the style of defense that coach Nelson has brought into our program," Wood said.

Now one-and-one in district the Warrior will continue in their quest to make the playoffs for the first time since 2006.

"We felt like this was a critical game for us to make the playoffs," Wood said. "We feel like you have to have four victories this district to make the playoffs. Well we got one, and now we need three more."

Westwood continues there district schedule at Leander next week. Round Rock, now 0-and-2 in district will face off against Cedar Park next week.

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