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Westview formula works on Ripley

Westview formula works on Ripley

Posted: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 12:03 pm

Westview formula works on Ripley | Westview formula works on Ripley
By RANDY CAVIN
Spcial to The Press
Taking a page from its win over Camden, Westview kept the ball away from Ripley’s spread offense in the second half.
The ploy paid off as the Chargers claimed their second straight win by beating the Tigers, 30-22, Friday night at Tiny Knee Stadium.
Westview dished out a heavy dose of the running game to Ripley in a key matchup between the two District 13AA foes.
Westview ran the ball 67 times for 280 yards while holding Ripley to only 32 offensive plays for the game, but the Tigers still managed to gain 294 total yards with 243 of those yards in the air.
“Ball control was our best shot at winning the game, and I thought in the second half we did a much better job,” Westview head coach Don Coady said.
Collins Alexander and Wyatt Zarecor ran the ball a combined 49 times for 200 yards.
After two quality wins in a row, the offensive line appears to be coming into its own and playing more like a complete unit.
“We’re playing better. We are not where we want to be, and we have to become more versatile on offense,” Cody said. “As bad as we started the year offensively, we are happy to take some baby steps right now.”
Penalties and a key turnover spelled doom for Ripley in the second half of the game.
The Tigers were penalized nine times for 71 yards in the second half. The penalties came on the kickoff after they had tied the score at 22 all. The kick went out of bounds on the Tigers’ sideline followed by a personal foul and a sideline warning.
That gave the Chargers excellent field position at the Tigers 45 to open the fourth quarter of play.
Thanks to a pass interference call on second and long, the Chargers moved down to the 26 yard line. Six plays later, Abraham Haddad ran in it from four yards out for what would be the winning touchdown with 5:50 left in the game.
Two plays after the ensuing kickoff, Ripley quarterback Payton Lee was stripped of the ball by Westview’s Hunter Beale, who also recovered the loose ball at the Tigers 27-yard-line.
The Chargers kept the ball on the ground for nine plays to run out the clock.
Ripley was penalized 18 times for 121 yards. Westview committed just four penalties for 45 yards.
“We had some penalties that hurt us on some drives, but we were a little better at being equipped at overcoming some of ours than they were,” Cody said.
The Chargers kept the ball for 37 offensive plays in the second half and limited the Tigers to only 10 plays.
Westview looked strong in the first quarter, forcing Ripley to punt after eight plays. The Chargers ate up most of the clock on their opening drive of the game keeping the ball on the ground for an 11-play scoring drive.
Zarecor got called on to do most of the work, running the ball six times for 37 yards. Quan Williams took the ball into the end zone from nine yards out with 2:44 left in the first quarter.
That would be all of the scoring Westview could muster in the first half.
Ripley took over after a bad exchange from the Charger center to the quarterback Ryan Vinson on a fourth-and-one. Vinson recovered the loose ball, but the Tigers took over at their own 25 yard line.
Two plays later from the Tigers 28, Lee hit Joseph Lee in stride for a 72-yard bomb for a score.
Ripley got the ball back after another failed fourth down conversion, and on the first play, Barion Davis got the screen pass from Lee, made a great cutback and followed his blockers for a 69-yard catch-and-run touchdown. The two-point conversion was good, and the Tigers went up 16-7 for the halftime lead.
Haddad, Williams, Alexander and Zarecor each had scoring runs for the Chargers.
Westview improves to 3-2 for the season and 1-1 in district play and will be off this week before traveling to Milan on Sept. 30.
Ripley, 2-3 overall and 0-2 in the district, is also off this week. Published in The WCP 9.20.11

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