WESTMORELAND After an 0-3 start, Westmoreland notched its second straight victory with a 30-13 win over visiting East Robertson.
Six things that shaped Friday’s contest:
Eagles start fast
Westmoreland quickly took control early, dominating the first quarter with two scoring drives, each ending with runs by fullback Hunter Crowson. The Eagle defense did its part as well, forcing a fumble on the second play of the game, which was recovered by Tate Sloan, and forced three-and-outs on the next two East Robertson possessions.
“I can’t say how proud I am of our team,” Westmoreland head coach Steve Harris said. “Coming off of a sloppy week, I thought we came in on Monday and had a great day of practice. So I’m really proud that we were able to take what we learned and execute it in the football game.”
The Eagles controlled the game with their rushing attack, gaining 401 yards on the ground. Crowson led the team with 224 yards and three touchdowns. On the opening drive of the second half, Crowson broke free for a 67-yard touchdown, and added an 87-yard run before fumbling at the 1-yard line later in the game.
“We put in a new formation on Sunday, a double tights package, and we challenged our offensive line and told them that we were going to have to block if we were going to win the game,” Harris said. “We knew they were going to have nine or 10 people up on the line of scrimmage, and once we popped through we knew we were going to have a change for some big plays, so I thought the offensive line had a really nice game.”
Making a pass count
Despite only attempting two passes in the entire game, Westmoreland came up with a big play through the air in the second quarter. Blake Carter connected with a wide-open Corey Gardner for a 56-yard touchdown to increase the Eagles’ lead to 18-0.
“Last week we came out kind of dead and we almost lost, but we came out fired up and were able to get a win,” Carter said.
East Robertson struggled for much of the game on both sides of the ball, limited to only 198 yards of total offense while turning the ball over twice. After coming off a 44-point performance in last week’s victory over Eagleville, the Indians were held to only 13 yards, with the second touchdown scored by Johnny Lyons on the last play of the game. “I give Westmoreland a lot of credit,” head coach Chad Broadrick said. “Their coaches had a great gameplan, and they did some things on offense in terms of formations, so give them credit. We just didn’t do a good enough job, and that’s basically what it came down to, and I take the blame for it.”
A Swift score
The Indians’ brightest spot came on a play in the second quarter from quarterback Cameron Swift. On a designed run, Swift sped around the left corner of the Eagle defense and down the sidelines for a 62-yard touchdown. “He’s just a freshman, but through the first three games he’s had over 750 yards so he’s a big part of our offense,” Broadrick said. “We just couldn’t get anything going with him tonight.”
Necessary bounce back
Broadrick hopes his team can shake off the disappointing outcome with a good week of preparation. “We lost to Jo Byrns a couple of weeks ago and we were pretty frustrated by that kind of like tonight, but we came back in our next game and played great, so I expect the same thing and have a great week of practice to give ourselves our best chance next week.”