|The Westview Chargers were ousted in the first round of the playoffs last season at home, but ensured their path in the postseason would be longer this year by winning on the road, 38-20, against the Oakhaven Hawks this past Friday night in Memphis. |
Having not made the playoffs since the 2002 season, the Hawks (6-5) were hungry for history, but instead they saw their hopes dashed in a historical performance by J.C. Griggs. The senior back not only rushed for 264 yards and three touchdowns, but on a 12-yard carry in the second quarter, he eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the 2008 season.
Another historical mark was achieved in the contest as WHS head coach Don Coady earned his 150th career win at the Charger helm.
Westview is now 23-16 in the playoffs and 14-3 in first round games. The Chargers are now 10-2 against Memphis Class AA teams.
In a game littered with penalty flags and clock malfunctions, the Chargers (7-4) overcame an early 14-0 deficit in the first quarter to hold the Hawks scoreless in the second half. Picking up 422 yards from the backfield, Westview held Oakhaven’s offense to 100 total rushing yards and its 1,000-yard rusher, Osbie Greer, to 37 yards.
The home team started on offense and picked up a first down on a Blake Diggs pass to Dexter Holliday. Carrell Logan broke open for a 29-yard run into Charger territory. After a pass interference call put the Hawks at the 18-yard line, Greer carried the ball into the end zone for the game’s first score. The conversion failed, but the Hawks took a 6-0 lead with 9:31 left in the first quarter.
On the kickoff, Griggs fumbled the ball back to Oakhaven at midfield and Diggs found Marvin Wiggins with a 50-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the next drive. Logan ran in the conversion and the Hawks took a 14-0 lead with nine minutes left in the first quarter.
Back on offense at the 50-yard line, WHS went to Griggs who picked up 11 on his first carry and broke free of everyone on his second run for a 39-yard touchdown. Hyeontae Kim kicked the extra point and with 8:36 left in the first quarter, the OHS lead was cut in half, 14-7.
Oakhaven was forced into a three-and-out on its next series on offense. Soon facing a third-and-long, Griggs came through on a 35-yard run down to the Oakhaven 5. The Hawk defensive line surged, however, and forced the visitors to attempt a field goal. Kim’s 23-yard kick was good and with 1:19 left in the opening quarter the score was 14-10 in favor of the Hawks.
In the second quarter, Oakhaven opened with its second straight three-and-out. Westview took over and picked up a first down on a Demarcus Williams 10-yard carry. Williams had missed the previous three games due to injury.
Griggs followed with a 12-yard gain and an entrance into the record books by surpassing 1,000 rushing yards for the season. Williams and Griggs alternated double-digit pickups on the ground down to the 18-yard line of the Hawks. A penalty and Brian West sack pushed the Chargers back, but Griggs gained the yardage back and capped off the drive with a 5-yard touchdown run. Kim’s kick, with 5:15 left in the first half, gave Westview its first lead of the game, 17-14.
Getting the gall back on offense, the Hawks soon gave it back to the Chargers when Chris Gardner snatched a Diggs pass away from its intended receiver. The Chargers, however, fumbled the snap back to Oakhaven on the Westview 48.
The Hawks wasted no time in getting back in the end zone and put another touchdown on the board on a 23-yard pass from Diggs to Nigel Stephenson with six seconds left before the half. The conversion failed, but Oakhaven took a 20-17 lead into the break.
Gardner started the second half with a 52-yard kickoff return to give the Chargers good field position at the Oakhaven 38. Williams and Griggs chewed up short yardage and Williams ran in the 3-yard touchdown. Kim’s kick gave Westview the lead back for good, 24-20, with 9:19 left in the third quarter.
Oakhaven was forced to punt on its next series and Westview capitalized by scoring again on a 26-yard run form Griggs through the defense and into the end zone. Kim’s kick put the Chargers up 31-20 with 6:36 left in the third quarter.
The Chargers’ final score of the game came in the last quarter on a 14-yard run from Williams. The Kim PAT made the final score 38-20 and propelled the Chargers into the second round of the playoffs.
Griggs led Westview with 264 yards and three scores on the ground and Williams had 142 yards and two touchdowns. Diggs had 146 passing yards and two touchdowns for the Hawks.
Westview will next face Region 8-2A foe Milan Friday night in Milan. The kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Westview 10 7 14 7—38
Oakhaven 14 6 0 0—20
OHS — Osbie Greer 18-yard run, (conversion failed), 9:31.
OHS — Marvin Wiggins 50-yard pass from Blake Diggs, (Carrell Logan conversion), 9:00.
WHS — J.C. Griggs 39-yard run, (Hyeontae Kim kick), 8:36.
WHS — Kim 23-yard field goal, 1:19.
WHS — Griggs 5-yard run, (Kim kick), 5:15.
OHS — Nigel Stephenson 23-yard pass from Diggs, (kick failed), 00:06.
WHS — Demarcus Williams 3-yard run, (Kim kick), 9:19.
WHS — Griggs 26-yard run, (Kim kick), 6:36.
WHS — Williams 14-yard run, (Kim kick), 9:10.
First Downs 17 10
Rushes-yards 53-422 24-100
Passing yards 17 146
Comp-Att-Int 2-4-0 8-19-1
Punts 0-0 4-28
Fumbles-Lost 3-2 0-0
Penalties-yards 6-65 12-90
Rushing — Westview, J.C. Griggs 23-264, Demarcus Williams 28-142, Brian West 2-16; Oakhaven, Osbie Greer 14-37, Carrell Logan 7-34, Blake Diggs 2-19, Paris Williams 1-10.
Passing — Westview, West 2-4-0 — 17; Oakhaven, Diggs 8-19-1 — 146.
Receiving — Westview, Chris Gardner 2-17; Oakhaven, Marvin Wiggins 2-73, Nigel Stephenson 2-45, Dexter Holliday 3-26, Greer 1-2.
Records — Westview 7-4, Oakhaven 6-5.
Next Game — The Westview Chargers will visit the Milan Bulldogs in the second round of the TSSAA playoffs with kickoff at 7 on Friday night, while the Oakhaven Hawks’ season comes to an end.