There is nothing more gratifying in football for an offensive line, than to know they’ve successfully imposed their will on their opponent.
In other words, they dominated the men across from them, snap after snap.
So, it should come as no surprise that Westminster’s offensive linemen — Noah Marks, Devon Cober, Zach Standiford, Matt Standiford and Alex Daniels — woke up feeling pretty good about themselves as they proved to be too much for Block in the Crusaders’ 36-6 Class 1A regional win on Friday.
“We played really well,” Crusaders head coach Tommy Badon said. “We did a great job of controlling the line of scrimmage on both sides of the football. We really played well.”
The Crusaders’ offensive line opened so many holes that four of Westminster’s running backs recorded 70 yards or more on the ground en route to totaling 362 yards on the ground.
“Our offensive line really was outstanding,” Badon said. “Our lines on both sides of the ball were outstanding. They were really coming off the ball.”
The Crusaders, who improved to 10-2 and will play host to Haynesville in the quarterfinals, were led in the running game by Wesley Bellard (16-77), Tyler Louviere (10-76, 1 TD), Donyell Young (9-76, 1 TD) and Jalen Williams (5-74, 1 TD). Quaterback Luke Judice also was successful running the football behind Westminster’s offensive line, totaling 58 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries.
“We were very well-balanced in the running game,” Badon said. “We were also well-balanced between the run and the pass, because we threw it 13 times for 67 yards. It was a lot of fun.”
While the Crusaders’ offensive line was dominating in the run game, their defensive line was making life difficult for Block’s offense. The Cruaders held the Bears to 244 yards of total offense, 80 of which came on a first-quarter touchdown run by Mario Bowman.
“Our defense really did a great job of limiting what they could do,” Badon said. “We played fast and very physical and I don’t think they were used to that.”
The quarterfinals matchup with Haynesville marks the fifth time the Crusaders have advanced that far and they’re fully aware of the challenge ahead next week.
“We’re playing a Haynesville team that has a lot of tradition,” Badon said. “They are a team that is going to line up and do what they do, so we just have to go out and play.”
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