How low — Westview’s Tevin Evans makes a diving catch during the Chargers’ 34-0 season-opening win over Huntingdon on Thursday night. Evans began the game by returning the opening kickoff 74 yards for a touchdown. Photo by Stephanie Sturgis
That’s how the Westview Chargers’ 2010 season got under way in a 34-0 win over the host Huntingdon Mustangs on Friday night.
The Mustangs won the coin toss and opted to kick to Westview to start the game. A short, angled kick was hauled in by senior upback Tevin Evans at the Chargers’ 26-yard line. Evans blazed up the sideline, squeezed between two defenders and raced 74 yards to paydirt. Landon Prather booted the extra point to put Westview on top 7-0 with just 14 seconds gone off the clock.
“Any time you win the toss and defer and spot the team seven points, that’s not a good start,” WHS head coach Don Coady said. “It was that kind of night for Huntingdon. It established the lead.”
Matter of fact, winning the coin toss was probably the highlight of the evening for Mustang fans. Huntingdon fumbled the ball 10 times, losing six of them. Most of the miscues came on quarterback-center exchanges Four of the turnovers occurred on either the first or second snap of a drive.
When Huntingdon did carry out a play, it was repeatedly brought to a quick halt by the Westview defense. The Chargers held Huntingdon to 62 total yards of offense.
“We kept them in poor field position all night and our defense got a bunch of turnovers. They gave us a lot of opportunities and I was disappointed we didn’t do a better job of taking advantage of those, but at least we got the opportunities and the defense created a lot of those. We were very physical tonight,” Coady noted.
The Charger offense three times settled for Prather field goal attempts after getting to or inside the Mustang 10-yard line. Prather connected twice.
The first Prather field goal came on Westview’s second possession after Huntingdon punted away. Starting at the HHS 31, Westview used a completion from Tanner Spencer to Seth Waterfield good for 20 yards to set up first-and-goal at the 6-yard line. Two runs netted two total yards and an incompletion brought Prather out for a 21-yard field goal and a 10-0 Westview lead.
A Mustang fumble gave Westview excellent field position, starting at the HHS 20 for their third possession. Quan Williams ended the drive with a 9-yard run, spinning out of a tackle and crossing the goal line. Prather’s PAT provided a 17-0 lead with 5:00 remaining in the first quarter.
The Chargers’ first march of the second quarter started at the Huntingdon 41. Abraham Haddad took a pitch 25 yards down to the 5-yard line, but again the Chargers failed to punch the ball over the goal line due in part to a holding penalty. Prather booted his second field goal, this one covering 30 yards, for a 20-0 lead with 8:49 left in the opening half.
“Our offense is like an old car with the engine missing. Sometimes is sputters and sometimes it runs pretty good,” the WHS head coach admitted.
The scoreboard at Paul Ward Stadium still showed 20-0 when the second half got under way.
The Chargers added to their lead on their first possession of the third quarter. The drive covered 43 yards and took nearly six minutes off the clock. Westview twice converted long third downs with Spencer passes. Waterfield caught a 14-yarder and Evans came up with a diving grab to set up Westview with a first-and-goal at the Mustang 3.
The possession ended with fullback Desmond Johnson catching a little swing pass and running 6 yards to the end zone. Prather’s PAT bumped the Westview lead to 27-0 with 2:21 to play in the third.
The final Charger touchdown came late in the fourth quarter to cap an eight-play, 49-yard march. Williams had the big play in the drive, breaking through the line and spinning out of tackles for a 25-yard gain. The sophomore finished the drive with a 14-yard run through a hole for the touchdown with 4:35 remaining. Williams finished the night with a game-high 76 rushing yards on 14 carries. Prather’s PAT settled the score at 34-0.
The win avenges last year’s heartbreaking 35-34 loss to the Mustangs.
Westview has a chance for another measure of revenge when the McKenzie Rebels come to Martin on Friday night. McKenzie enjoyed a 25-16 win over Westview in 2009. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Hardy M. Graham Stadium.
Westview 17 3 7 7 — 34 Huntingdon 0 0 0 0 — 0
WHS — Tevin Evans 74-yard kick return, (Landon Prather kick), 11:46.
WHS — Prather 21-yard field goal, 6:39.
WHS — Quan Williams 9-yard run, (Prather kick), 5:00.
WHS — Prather 30-yard field goal, 8:49.
WHS — Desmond Johnson 9-yard pass from Tanner Spencer, (Prather kick), 2:21.
WHS — Williams 14-yard run, (Prather kick), 4:35.
First Downs 14 5
Rushes-yards 36-141 28-62
Passing yards 95 0
Comp-Att-Int 9-19-0 0-3-0
Punts 2-37 3-32.3
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 10-6
Penalties-yards 10-95 2-20
Rushing — Westview, Quan Williams 14-76, Abraham Haddad 8-27, Tanner Spencer 9-19, Desmond Johnson 2-15, Wyatt Zarecor 3-4; Huntingdon, Jamal Currie 9-39, Chance Carlton 8-17, Bam Melton 6-4, Corbin Jordan 2-4, Team 2-0, Seth Fields 1-(-2).
Passing — Westview, Spencer 9-16-0 — 95; Huntingdon, Melton 0-3-0 — 0.
Receiving — Westview, Seth Waterfield 3-41, Will Thompson 1-15, Tevin Evans 1-11, Kyle Coleman 1-11, Cody Blake 1-8, Johnson 1-6, Haddad 1-3; Huntingdon, none.
Records — Westview 1-0, Huntingdon 0-1.
Next Game — Westview will host the McKenzie Rebels with kickoff at 7:30 on Friday night at Graham Stadium, while Huntingdon visits Milan with kickoff at 7 p.m.