GREENBRIER – Westmoreland capitalized on five Greenbrier turnovers Friday night as the Eagles made the most of short yardage situations to take a 21-0 win over the Bobcats.
“I guess the best way to sum up our night was sloppy,” Greenbrier coach Kirk Williams said. “The conditions were sloppy, and our play on the offensive side of the ball matched the conditions. But give Westmoreland credit — they had the same conditions; they just made the most off of our mistakes tonight.”
Westmoreland (5-2, 2-1 9-AA) finished with only 181 total yards of offense, but that was good enough for the win because the defense gave up only 145 total yards of offense to Greenbrier.
Senior Jake Perry had three interceptions and a touchdown reception that put the game out of reach midway through the fourth quarter.
“We knew coming in how explosive Greenbrier’s offense had been over the last few weeks, so we knew we had our work cut out for us,” Perry said. “As a team, we wanted to come out here with a lot of intensity from the start, and I think we did that.”
Greenbrier (4-4, 2-2) got the opening kickoff, and Hayden Boyles took the first play from scrimmage 25 yards. But that would be the Bobcats’ biggest play of the half.
Two plays later, Perry picked off a Cameron Grogan pass and returned it to the Greenbrier 44.
Brad Evans then took it 44 yards to help put the Eagles up 7-0 with less than two minutes off the clock.
Greenbrier went three-and-out on its next possession, and Luke Hall busted through the line to block the punt.
It took Westmoreland only seven plays to get back into the end zone as Evans got his second score of the night, but Briley Hankins blocked the extra point to make it 13-0.
That’s where things stood until the fourth quarter, when Westmoreland, starting at the Greenbrier 40 yard line, needed eight plays for Justice Graves to hit Perry for a 12-yard touchdown to give the Eagles a 19-0 advantage.
Westmoreland went for the two-point conversion, and Graves hit Michael Evans in the left corner to give the Eagles the 21-0 victory.