The Westfield Hornets seem to like to play at Anderson Field at Mercer University. Last year, the venue saw the Hornets stage an unforgettable comeback win over the Stratford Eagles for their first state championship in school history. Saturday night was a little different. The Hornets put on an offensive and defensive clinic on their way to a 52-7 win over the Pinewood Patriots for their second consecutive GISA AAA State Championship.
The game began with Pinewood winning the toss and electing to receive the opening kickoff. The Patriots looked good in their first drive as they advanced deep into Westfield territory with a good balance of the run game and passing. From the 29 yard line, Patriot RB Preston Campbell took the handoff and raced into the end zone for an easy touchdown. The other Gang Green had quickly seized the lead, and many began to wonder if this game may be more difficult than they originally thought. Well… scratch that idea. A holding penalty was called on the Pinewood offensive line and the touchdown was negated. The Patriots later turned it over on downs, and never really had any offensive momentum after that.
While the Pinewood offense never gained traction after their opening drive, the Westfield offense was the exact opposite. It took the Hornets almost nine minutes to flex their muscle, as Ryan Fitzpatrick connected with Cam Forrester for a 39 yard touchdown pass with 3:13 left in the first quarter. The lead of 7-0 held for the Hornets through the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter was when the flood gates really opened for the Hornet offense. After a field goal from Griffin Elmore to build the lead to 10-0, Ryan Fitzpatrick began an aerial assault on the Patriot defense. Ryan connected with Giles Amos twice from 56 and 16 yards for touchdowns, and added another to Tucker Moody from 47 yards. The big first half left the Hornets with a 31-0 lead at halftime, and had Westfield crew getting their fingers sized at halftime for their new rings.
The second half was more of the same for Westfield except this time they did it on the ground. The Hornets added three more touchdowns in the third quarter, all from 7 yards out from Josh Jenkins, Robert Myatt, and Ryan Fitzpatrick. The domination by Westfield left little doubt as to who the best team in all of GISA was this season. The Hornets wrapped up their final game of the year with a 52-7 win and improved their record to 13-1. In the past two seasons, Westfield amassed a record of 25-2 and won back-to-back state championships.
CONGRATULATIONS HORNETS!!! Very well deserved!
Here are some extra tidbits on some things we noticed:
Guys that impressed:
The entire football team, coaching staff, fans, and everyone involved in the football program.
Moody Law Firm Big Hit of the Game: John Walker Moore
Walker Insurance Play of the Game: Giles Amos’ touchdown falling backwards into the end zone
Sonic Drive-In Offensive Player of the Game: Ryan Fitzpatrick
CW Williams Defensive Player of the Game: Walker Davison
David Ragan Ford Special Teams Player of the Game: Griffin Elmore