Westview fires blanks in 13AA loss
Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 12:02 pm
Special to The Press
Missed opportunities in the red zone led to another defeat for Westview Friday night against Dyersburg in a District 13AA matchup.
The Chargers and Tro-jans battled in a hard-fought contest between the two district powerhouses with the Trojans coming out on top 14-0.
Four trips into the red zone yielded no points for the Chargers as the Trojans defense stepped up to the occasion with two interceptions, one goal-line stand and a missed field goal. Westview made it into the red-zone two times in the fourth quarter only to come away empty-handed.
The failure to finish the drives for a score is now becoming a big concern to head coach Don Coady as the Chargers try to make a push for the playoffs.
“I think the big thing is easy to see: we have got to finish our drives when we get in scoring territory. When we get an opportunity to put it in, we need to do that,” Coady said. “We’ve got to capitalize on those opportunities and come away with some points.”
Although Westview was kept scoreless, the offense put up 239 total yards with 150 using the running game.
Wyatt Zarecor led all rushers with 107 yards on nine carries. Dyersburg gained 303 total yards for the game and rushed for 219. Sharquan Henderson led the Trojans with 82 yards on 13 attempts.
The Charger offense never got a chance in the first quarter to get anything going. Westview had the ball for just one series of plays that ended with a 26-yard punt after just three plays.
The Trojans were able to keep the ball away from the Chargers by using the ground game, gaining 90 yards on 17 attempts. Dyersburg scored the only points in the first half as time expired in the first quarter on a one-yard run by quarterback Hayden Alford.
The Chargers’ only scoring threat of the first half came midway in the second quarter but was thwarted when quarterback Ryne Vinson was hit from the blind side as he dropped back to pass from the Trojans 14-yard-line.
Oshawn Smith of the Trojans intercepted the wobbly pass in the end zone for a touchback.
Westview reached the Trojan 18 on a 22-yard run and 35-yard catch by Alexander only to come away empty as a field goal try went wide right.
The Trojans put their second and final score of the game on the board with 2:29 to go in the third quarter when Alford scored from 21 yards out.
A 36-yard gain by Zarecor on the Chargers’ first possession of the fourth was wasted when Demete Warren sacked Vinson on fourth-and-goal.
Warren got to Vinson once again on the Chargers final drive of the game. The next play Shaft Haynes intercepted a Vinson pass in the end zone for a touchback.
“We gave up a few plays here and there, but we played well enough defensively to win,” Coady said.
Published in The WCP 10.11.11