Westbrook defeats West End 45-20
Fri. September 20, 2013 at 11:58 p.m. | By Hugh Miller Times Correspondent
Westbrook quarterback Will Appleton tries to break the tackle of West End’s Tristen Garmany during Friday’s game in Walnut Grove. (Photo by Dave Hyatt | Gadsden Times)
The Westbrook Christian Warriors pulled away from the West End Patriots to earn a 45-20 win Friday night in The Gadsden Times’ Game of the Week.
It was Westbrook’s second straight Class 2A, Region 7 win as the Warriors evened their overall record to 2-2. West End fell to 0-4 overall and 0-3 in region play.
The Warriors held a 21-20 lead after the first half. West End scored a pair of touchdowns late in the second quarter, including a 32-yard touchdown pass from Levi Weems to Rhett Lister. Weems then picked up a fumble and raced 32 yards again to close the gap to a single point at the break.
It was all Warriors in the second half, though.
“Our team showed a lot of character by not getting down on ourselves and playing hard in the second half after giving up two touchdowns at the end of the first half,” Westbrook coach Tony Osborne said.
Chris Underwood kicked a 27-yard field goal on Westbrook’s opening drive of the third quarter. The field goal was set up by Tyler Lowery’s fumble recovery.
On the Patriots’ next possession, William Martin blocked a punt to set up a 1-yard Will Appleton touchdown plunge to put Westbrook up 31-20.
Appleton added a touchdown pass to Randy Williams and Dalvin Lewis scored a rushing touchdown to finish out the big second half.
Westbrook senior linemen Blaze Johnson was proud of his team’s effort.
“We blocked for the backs all night long and on defense we play hard and fast,” he said.
West End scored the game’s first touchdown as Weems picked off a Warrior pass and took the ball for a 65-yard touchdown. Chase Blanton ran the 2-point conversion in and West End led 8-0 with 1:14 left in the 1st quarter.
Westbrook answered with a two-play drive that covered 61 yards in 56 seconds. Appleton hit Noah Hunt for a 58-yard touchdown pass. On the ensuing possession, Westbrook stuffed a fake punt to turn the ball over on downs and took control on the Patriot 29-yard line. The Warriors struck paydirt as Williams ran it in from 7 yards out and Appleton ran in the 2-pointer to make the score 14-8 in favor of the visitors.
West End then put together its best possession of the night. The Patriots had reeled off a 12-play drive and had moved from their own 20 to the Westbrook 14 in nearly seven minutes. Then on the 13th play, a West End back mishandled the pitch and Lowery fell on the fumble to end the drive.
In a wild two-play sequence, Westbrook threw an interception and then West End fumbled it back on the next play. Starting again from the Patriot 46, Appleton connected on a 23-yard pass to Hunt, scrambled for a 2-yard loss, then found Brien Welch for a 25-yard touchdown pass. Underwood made the PAT and Westbrook led 21-8 before the Warriors rallied for their final two scores of the half and the night.
Patriots coach Randy Hallmark looked for bright spots in his team’s effort.
“We played hard in the first half, but we just aren’t good enough to give up four or five turnovers in a game and still have a chance to win,” he said.