By Kenny Cofer
Westfield wasted little time in shaking off the rust after their loss to Valwood. Ryan Fitzpatrick hooked up on a long TD pass to Gavin Edmondson just 43 seconds into the game to put the Hornets in the lead. The long TD was just the tip of the iceberg for Westfield as they continued to add on the points on their way to a 49-21 victory over the Trinity Christian Lions.
After taking the lead early, the Hornets continued their offensive domination with a mix of strong runs and timely passing. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick added to his great early season success as he mixed in a rushing TD to go along with his two passing TDs. The second TD pass was a familiar jump ball to the corner of the end zone to Giles Amos as he outjumped his defender to come down with the catch. Along with the TDs by Fitzpatrick and Amos, junior Austin Burnette and senior Josh Jenkins combined for 3 more TDs.
Not to be outdone by their offensive teammates, the Westfield defense also played well on their side of the ball. Senior John Bard took over the starting job at OLB vacated by Jarius Hart, and played probably his best game as a Westfield Hornet (on the football field anyways). Known mostly for his prolific shooting on the hardwood, Bard showed that he could be a force on the gridiron as well. He had an interception to go along with numerous tackles for loss.
While the Hornets victory was impressive, it is not to be forgotten how much improved the Trinity Christian Lions were compared to last year. TCS-Sharpsburg had much more size and speed than a year ago, and played inspired football despite the score being in Westfield’s favor. The Lions should be proud of their effort, and could possibly challenge for their region title come playoff time.
Looking ahead now, Westfield will have to prepare for their biggest rival the Deerfield-Windsor Knights. Deerfield comes in as the favorite, only losing one game to powerhouse North Florida Christian by one point (the same team that knocked off Valwood last week 42-6). So, look for your typical slugfest between the Hornets and the Knights, as each team knows each other as well as they know themselves. Coach Lowe and Coach Jones surely could recite each other’s playbooks at this point, and that is why it just comes down to execution. We will see who comes out on top in the premier game in GISA this week at the Hornets Nest.
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Here are some extra tidbits on some things we noticed:
Guys that impressed:
Moody Law Firm Big Hit of the Game: Giles Amos
Sonic Drive-In Play of the Game: Gavin Edmondson's 47 yd TD reception from Ryan Fitzpatrick
Anytime Garage Door Repair Offensive Player of the Game: Josh Jenkins
Custom Homes by Jeff Defensive Player of the Game: John Bard