After rebounding a week before in a win over the Trinity Christian Lions, Westfield was looking to use that momentum to lead them to a victory over their long-time rival, the Deerfield-Windsor Knights. The Knights showed quickly that they were going to be difficult to handle as they drove down the field in a time consuming drive to take a 7-0 lead. It was a drive in which Deerfield was able to do basically anything they wanted while also running off half of the first quarter in the process. It wasn’t until fullback Cameron McCook plunged into the end zone before the drive culminated in a 7-0 Deerfield lead.
The Hornets would get the ball back on their ensuing drive, and unfortunately move backwards. Faced with a long 3rd down and 23 yards to go, Coach Jones elected to play it safe and go with a simple fullback trap play to Josh Jenkins. Well… I guess it was so simple after all. Josh took the handoff and ran 72 yards for a Hornet touchdown to tie the game at 7 apiece. The long touchdown seemed to be the tipping point for Westfield, as momentum was then on their side.
After being forced to a 3 and out by the Westfield defense, the Knights lined up to punt. Unfortunately for Deerfield though, a bad snap sailed over the head of punter John Samuel Schenker and rolled out of the back of the end zone for a safety. The Hornets had just that quickly turned a 7-0 deficit into a 9-7 lead. The Hornets weren’t done though, as they continued to ride the wave of momentum as this time Ryan Fitzpatrick found Reagan Waller on a wheel route for another touchdown and a 16-7 Hornet lead. It wasn’t until a 21 yard field goal by Lanier Freeman of Deerfield with 3 seconds left in the half that the Knights added to their point total, making it 16-10 going into halftime.
The field goal going into halftime must have awoken the Knights because on the opening kickoff of the second half, Nick Wendland returned the football 70 yards all the way down to the Westfield 10 yard line. Moments later, Cameron McCook added his second rushing touchdown on the game and gave the Knights their first lead since the 1st quarter at 17-16.
Not to be outdone, Fitzpatrick again showed his throwing prowess as he hooked up with Reagan Waller for another TD to spring the Hornets back in front 22-17. The 2 point conversion attempt fell just short as Austin Burnette’s pass hit the turf just in front of Ryan Fitzpatrick.
The back and forth in the game continued as Deerfield used an offsides penalty on Westfield on 4th down to move down the field with the throwing of Knight QB Tyler Lowe. Lowe capped off his drive by once again converting on 4th down and finding Nick Wendland in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown. They were able to convert their 2 point conversion to go up 25-22 heading into the 4th quarter.
Unlike the 4th quarter against Valwood, Westfield played much better in the final frame against Deerfield. The Hornets used another touchdown pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick to a cramping Austin Burnette to put Green and Gold back in the lead 28-25 (missed XP). It then became time for the Westfield defense to make their presence known, and they did just that in the form of Zack Johnson. Johnson and the rest of his teammates forced a sack on QB Tyler Lowe, and forced them into the
punting the football mid-way through the 4th quarter. Little did Deerfield know, that would be the last time they would see the football. Westfield executed a flawless, time consuming in which they ran off the remainder of the clock by finally kneeling inside the Deerfield 10 yard line to win it. The Hornets defeated a tough Knight squad in one of the better games in recent memory.
Westifeld, now 3-1, will enjoy a much-needed bye week this coming Friday before heading down to take on Bulloch Academy in 2 weeks. The Gators are a much improved football team, and will be difficult to handle down in Gator Alley. Be sure to tune into the Spherion Pregame Show at 7:10pm, followed by the Grillmaster BBQ kickoff at 7:30pm only at midgasports.net.
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Custom Homes by Jeff Defensive Player of the Game: Zack Johnson
Moody Law Firm Hit of the Game: Giles Amos
Sonic Drive-In Play of the Game: Reagan Waller’s 1st down run late in the game to keep the clock running