|Balance is key for WHS in jamboree win over Bruceton |
|Posted: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 11:12 am |
Mimicking a similar headline from last season, the Westview Chargers shined in their first Friday night football session by reducing a group of tigers to tabby cats.
On the move — Westview quarterback Tanner Spencer rushes for yardage against the Bruceton Tigers Friday night in the annual Huntingdon Quarterback Club Jamboree. Westview controlled every facet of the game to take a 16-0 win. Photo by Sara Reid
This past Friday night in jamboree action in Huntingdon, the Chargers took the field in the third game of the evening and pummeled the Bruceton-Hollow Rock Central Tigers, 16-0. Clicking on offense and defense against its much smaller Carroll County opponent, Westview scored on the ground, through the air and even on defense with a blocked punt, which led to a safety.
The Chargers opened with possession on their own 30 and were immediately rewarded with five yards on a Central offsides penalty. Sophomore Quan Williams took a pitch 14 yards and Desmond Johnson pounded a three-yard run up the middle to put the Chargers into Tiger territory at the 49. The Central D held QB Tanner Spencer to no gain, but Williams came through again with 13 yards on two carries. Spencer swept around the right side on a promising keeper play, but the Chargers were pushed back 10 yards on a holding call. Spencer gained back five on a run, but threw a pass incomplete to Williams. Johnson picked up two up the middle and Westview faced fourth-and-three, but Spencer found Tevin Evans for a 17-yard pass and the Chargers suddenly found themselves on the 11. Spencer’s next pass to Evans fell short, but it was all Williams after that as he picked up nine yards dodging defenders and two up the middle for Westview’s first score with 4:03 left in the first half. Landon Prather’s kick put WHS up, 7-0.
Central took possession on its own 30 and this time Westview jumped offsides. On the 35, the Tigers picked up six yards on a Clay Thompson carry. Chandler Jordan swept around the left for three and picked up a first down at the 40-yard line. Jake Vincent pushed him back two yards on second down, but quarterback Hayden Howell curled out and found Jordan on a 10-yard throw to end the first half.
Facing fourth-and-one, Howell snuck through for the first down. Youngster Trezden Tharpe took a handoff five yards, but fumbled the handoff on the next play and Colton Nanney recovered for Westview.
Spencer gained six on a keeper, but Westview was flagged for holding. On the next play, Central was penalized for jumping offsides. Johnson kept the momentum going with a 15-yard dash and Williams tacked on six. From the Central 29, Spencer found a leaping Will Thompson in the end zone for the score. Prather’s extra point made the score 14-0 with 5:16 left in the contest.
On the Central 29, Jordan was pushed back two yards. Howell completed a pass to Haden Williams for four yards, but was sacked for a big loss. Facing fourth-and- long, Central elected to punt, but Jacob Harris and a host of Chargers stormed the punter and blocked the attempt. The ball was chased out of the end zone resulting in a safety and a 16-0 Charger advantage.
Westview’s last series saw Williams pick up four yards on a carry, R.J. Scott net three yards on three carries and Wyatt Zarecor gain six on a handoff.
For the game, Westview totaled 136 yards to Central’s 21. Williams led the way with seven rushes for 48 yards and a touchdown. Spencer picked up 46 yards through the air highlighted with a 29-yard touchdown pass to Will Thompson. Defensively, Harris blocked a punt and Nanney recovered a fumble. Quentin Walker recorded three solo tackles.
Westview will begin its season in earnest when the Chargers return to Huntingdon on Thursday night to take on the host Mustangs. Kickoff is set for 7:30 that evening at Paul Ward Stadium.