Heading into Friday night’s game, it was clear that Westfield would be heavily favored over the Trinity Christian Crusaders. The Hornets came in as the defending two-time state champions, while the Crusaders were coming in with a 2-8 record and a #4 seed out of Region 1. Despite the disparity in records, TCS put up a valiant effort in their battle against the Hornets but ultimately could not stop their potent offensive attack. Led by Gavin Edmondson’s three touchdowns, Westfield put up 41 first half points to cruise to a 41-6 victory.
With high expectations coming into the game to put up a lot of points, the Hornets offense sputtered a little bit to start the game. Westfield was forced into a three and out on their opening drive and was forced to punt. Fortunately for the Hornets, the Crusader special teams fumbled the punt and gave the ball back over to Gang Green. A few plays later, the Hornets were in the end zone. The TD opened the flood gates for Westfield as they added 5 more TDs in the first half.
The second half was a running clock and was a showcase of the younger talent for Westfield. The second unit held their own and battled the TCS starters to a 0-0 tie to keep the game at 41-6 as the final. The win moved Westfield into the second round of the playoffs where they will take on the Brookwood Warriors next Friday night. Brookwood is the #3 seed out of Region 3, and is a solid football team with a remarkable 9-2 record. Last week, Brookwood handily beat Heritage 23-0 in their first round playoff matchup. Their only losses came to the Region 3 Champs, the Deerfield-Windsor Knights and the Valwood Valiants.
So, it is safe to say that the Warriors will not be intimated to play in Perry. Westfield fans will need to be out in full force on Friday to give Gang Green a true home field advantage. If you can’t make the game though, just tune into the Spherion Pregame Show at 7:10pm, followed by the Grillmaster BBQ kickoff at 7:30pm only at midgasports.net.
Here are some extra tidbits on some things we noticed:
Guys that impressed:
Moody Law Firm Big Hit of the Game: Austin Doyle
Sonic Drive-In Play of the Game: Gavin Edmondson’s 71 yard TD catch
Anytime Garage Door Repair Offensive Player of the Game: Gavin Edmondson
Custom Homes by Jeff Defensive Player of the Game: Austin Doyle