All the talk during the offseason centered around the offensive and defensive lines; well… I think they showed they could handle themselves just fine. After giving up a first down on Southland’s opening drive, the Hornets defense showed they are going to be an attacking defense this year with array of blitzes that put pressure on Raider QB Alex Roach. The Hornet linebackers repeatedly came in untouched to pressure the young QB and force a number of bad throws. Along with the pressure in the passing game, Westfield also forced the Raiders’ running game to average negative yardage per carry in the first half.
With the great play from the defense, it was hard to imagine the offense could match that effort. Well… they did just that. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick played one of his better games as a Hornet, as he was able to showcase both his arm and his legs with a long touchdown pass to Reagan Waller to go along with his two rushing touchdowns. Fitzpatrick’s teammates also chipped in with touchdown runs from Austin Burnette, Jarius Hart, Aidan Murphy, and Gage Locke. The wide variety of options to run the football created problems for the Raiders all night long. In all, Westfield dominated the football game and won 47-14.
The Hornets will next head down to Hahira on Friday night to take on the Valwood Valiants. It will be a tough test for Westfield as the Valiants will be looking for revenge for their loss last season at the Hornets Nest. Be sure to tune in to the Spherion Pregame Show at 7:10pm, followed by the Planters First MGSN Football Friday Game of the Week at 7:30pm only at midgasports.net.
Here are some extra tidbits on some things we noticed:
New guys that impressed:
Moody Law Firm Big Hit of the Game: John Walker Moore
Sonic Drive-In Play of the Game: Ryan Fitzpatrick 54 yard TD run
Anytime Garage Door Repair Offensive Player of the Game: Ryan Fitzpatrick
Custom Homes by Jeff Defensive Player of the Game: Reagan Waller