When the passing game does not function as planned, merely give to ball to Jalen Johnson.
That’s exactly what Avondale Westview quarterback Kordell Provchy did, and Johnson performed at a exceptional high level. Rushing for 305 yards on 18 carries and scoring on touchdown runs of 64, 61, 7 and 1 yards, Johnson provided the answer to a marginal air attack.
Johnson’s nearly one-man show powered Westview to a 36-20 victory over visiting Laveen Cesar Chavez at home on homecoming night. With the win, Westview retains its unbeaten status (6-0) in the Division I, Section II opener for both teams. Cesar Chavez remained winless at 0-6.
The fact that Provchy completed only 1 pass in 9 attempts said something to promote Westvew’s effective ground game.
“We did not execute the passing game,” Provchy said. “When it wasn’t working, we just the jammed the ball down people’s throats.”
That’s when Johnson’s number was frequently called. Still, the 5-8 junior running back took control from the start and scored the first time he touched the ball.
On their initial possession of the game, Westview opened shop from its 39-yard line. Johnson took a handoff on the first-and-10 play and bolted up the middle for a 61-yard scoring run.
His second touch was nearly a carbon copy.
After Cesar Chavez’s Melvin Lewis returned the kickoff 95 yards for a score, Westview took its second possession from the 39. First play was a handoff to Johnson, and he burst down the right side line for another 61 yard touchdown run.
Later, he scored from the 1 to cap a 10-play, 71-yard drive with just under 4 minutes remaining in the third period. The score put Westview ahead by 9, and it cruised to a 16-point margin of victory.
“We didn’t execute that we wanted,” said Jeff Bowen, the Westview coach. “At some points, we didn’t have pressure. I thought we let up at times, but overall, it’s a win. Now, we need to go back and do we do. That’s play sound, fundamental football.”
Johnson powered a Westview offense that generated 460 yards of total offense.
Beside Johnson’s monster game, Westview running backs junior Rameihk Bowles chipped with 74 yards on the ground (13 carries), and senior Desmond Washington added 57 yards on seven carries.
Senior Kevin Stone paced Cesar Chavez with 63 yards on 7 carries while sophomore quarterback Daniel Lerma went 19-for-39 through the air for 158 yards and one interception.