Westview plan for Camden works again
Posted: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 12:02 pm
The same plan worked a second time for Westview.
Repeating a formula that was both successful and efficient in an earlier 17-12 victory, the Chargers used a ball-control offense and a stifling defense to beat the Camden 17-7 in the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs Friday night.
Collins Alexander ran for 141 yards and a touchdown and two first-quarter Zach Austin interceptions set up 10 points and earned Westview (7-4) another rematch — an upcoming Round 2 game against No. 2-ranked Milan. The Bulldogs (10-1), a 52-7 winner over South Gibson in their opening round game Friday, beat Westview 16-7 in a Week 6 matchup.
Charger head coach Don Coady was both pleased with his team’s first-round triumph and looking forward to a second chance at longtime foe Milan.
“It was a good win. Anytime you can play a program and a team like Camden and come away with a victory — especially in Week 11 — it is a great accomplishment,” he said. “This is just a season of rematches here, but we’re still playing and that is the ultimate goal come playoff time.”
Though Westview repeated its earlier victory over the Lions, the win did serve as some measure of revenge as Camden had knocked the Chargers from the playoffs in each of the last two seasons.
Much like the first meeting between the two schools on Sept. 9, the Chargers controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. The defense held the Lions to 104 yards rushing on 29 carries and 172 total yards of offense for the game. Meanwhile, on offense, Westview pounded the ball behind its massive offensive line with 50 rushing attempts for 259 yards.
Alexander accumulated his yardage total on 25 carries, while fullback Wyatt Zarecor had 52 yards on 11 attempts and Quan Williams tacked on 33 yards with his five rushes.
And Austin’s interceptions that set up a short Alexander scoring burst and a 32-yard Wesley Grimes field goal did not go unnoticed by Coady.
“Those (interceptions) were huge,” the coach said. “That pretty much ruled out them trying to do a lot of throwing for a while and, of course, we played their running game well all night.”
Austin’s interceptions came on Tanner Hudson’s first two pass attempts of the game.
The stingy Charger defense only gave up nine total yards to the Lions in the first quarter.
Camden had a 40-yard touchdown run by Cody Hassle called back because of a block in the back penalty in the second period. Hudson was sacked by Kyle Coleman and Zarecor for an 11-yard loss two plays later.
The Lions showed they could also play some defense when Travis Capps intercepted a deep pass by Ryne Vinson at their own 14 yard line to stop a potential Charger scoring drive. Westview countered, though, when Damani Taylor laid a monster sack on Hudson as he tried to make something happen at the end of the first half.
The third quarter was all Westview, even though the Chargers did not put any points on the board. Westview controlled nearly the entire period, limiting the Lions to just one three-and-out series totaling nine yards. The Chargers, meanwhile, kept pounding the behind the tackles while eating up the clock and gaining 117 yards on the ground. Alexander had a pair of big runs in the quarter — one covering 23 yards and the other 26.
The Chargers put up the final score of the game on a three-yard quarterback keeper by Vinson with 4:50 to play.
Camden got its only score of the game after Hudson hit Trae White for a 44-yard gain, then connected with Landon Lockridge on a 15-yard scoring for a TD with 2:36 left.
Coady noted his team’s blueprint for success worked even though they didn’t score as many points as he would’ve liked.
“They have got a lot of speed on offense and we wanted to minimize their touches. The best way to do that is with long drives that ultimately culminate in points. We did not get the points we wanted, but we got the long drive part of it,” he claimed.
Published in The WCP 11.8.11