Chargers steamroll SG on way to playoffs
Posted: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 12:02 pm
Special to The Press
After getting off to a slow start this season, the Westview Chargers were able to get on track and are now riding a three-game winning streak into the 2011 postseason after a 38-27 win over District 13AA rival South Gibson County.
“There’s not a single week that you can say, ‘That’s when we’ve made strides by leaps and bounds,’ but we haven’t gone backwards, either,” said Westview head coach Don Coady. “We’re learning who we are and what we can do, and the kids are making plays. That’s all you can ask out of them.”
In a game of big plays and strong athletes, both teams had plenty of opportunities to shine. The offenses combined for a total of 733 yards, providing plenty of excitement for the final game of the 2011 regular season.
Westview dominated the rushing game with 47 carries for 253 yards, led by Collins Alexander with 21 carries for 158 yards.
Coady was proud of not just Alexander’s performance, but also that of his offensive line.
“(Alexander) saw the field, made some good cuts and made a couple of long runs tonight,” the coach said. “We really haven’t been doing that prior to tonight, but I thought it all stemmed from the way we were blocking up front.
The passing game was all South Gibson. Carlos Walden went 15-of-28 for 291 yards with one interception, connecting with seven different receivers. His top receiver was Quincy Walden, who had four catches for 153 yards, three of which went for touchdowns.
With that kind of talent on the other side of the ball, Coady knew a lot of pressure would be put on his defense, but believed that the game plan they had in place would be enough to keep the Waldens at bay.
“We were kind of bend but not break,” Coady said. “We tried to keep them from taking it to the house in one play. We wanted to make them drive, we wanted to make them throw and we got both things accomplished.”
The Waldens put the Hornets on the board first with a 66-yard pass from Carlos to Quincy. However, Charger fans had something to cheer about, too, after a blocked point-after attempt by Abraham Haddad left the score at 6-0.
The Charger offense put together a scoring drive of its own, capped off the a Vinson one-yard carry to put Westview on top.
South Gibson answered right back with a Walden 23-yard pass to Marcus Cherry, then again on the two-point-conversion attempt to tie the game.
After that, Alexander and the Charger offense took control.
A 48-yard pass from Scout Edwards to Thompson put the Chargers deep in South Gibson territory, followed by an Alexander one-yard carry to expand the lead.
The Charger defense fed off of the offense’s momentum, forcing a three-and-out on the next Hornet possession.
Alexander did it all himself of the resulting possession, carrying the ball a total of 51-yards on four attempts, capped off with a 20-yard carry to the end zone.
After stopping the Hor-nets on fourth down, Vinson connected with Thompson for a 31-yard pass, setting up Wesley Grimes for a 27-yard field goal as time expired in the first half.
The Waldens struck again with a 1-yard pass to cut into the Charger lead, but the Charger offense wouldn’t slow down yet.
Alexander added another touchdown, this time for 50 yards.
Vinson later had the final touchdown for the Chargers on another one-yard carry.
One more touchdown for the Waldens, this time for 19 yards, with 25 seconds remaining would provide the final score of 38-27.
With the playoffs ahead, Coady is happy to be going in with such momentum.
“You can go in (to the playoffs) on a winning or a losing note,” Coady said. “We’ve done it both ways, and winning is a better way to start.” Published in The WCP 11.1.11