|WW claims county championship, remains undefeated|
By Dennis Dunn
The West Washington football team has had a good week leading up to their county rival game with Salem on Friday, Oct. 14. Earlier in the week they were chosen as the WLKY team of the week for their 8-0 start to the season.
The Lions was the only team standing in their way from making school history.
As it turned out, the Senators managed to go back-to-back seasons with a perfect 9-0 record with a 44-23 win over the Lions at Art Sanders Field.
“These guys have left their mark,” said West Washington coach Phillip Bowsman. “They have put a stamp on this program. Going undefeated back-to-back — that’s a tall task.”
The Senators wasted little time in scoring as Noah Green caught a 42-yard pass from Michael Sizemore at 10:54 for the 6-0 lead. After the Lions fumbled the kick-off, which was recovered by Tanner Packwood, they increased their lead to 14-0 as Landon McPheeters scored from 1-yard out and Seth Goode caught the 2-point conversion at the 7:48 mark.
The Lions finally found the end zone as Seth Hobson scored from 2-yards out at 5:11 and Jacob Thompson got the PAT and later converted a 32-yard field goal to make it 14-10 after one quarter.
In the second quarter, the Lions connected on two field goals, while the Senators had two touchdowns. Thompson had a 37-yard field goal and a 33-yard field goal, while Hunter Sanford caught a 10-yard pass from Sizemore. With 42.4 seconds left in the half, Eamonn Tragesser had a 3-yard run to give the Senators a 30-16 lead at the break.
“At halftime, we said if we’re trading field goals for touchdowns, we’re going to win the game,” Bowsman said. “We convinced our kids that a field goal is a win on a drive. Sometimes that’s tough but we did.”
The Lions cut the lead to seven in the third quarter when Hobson picked up a 1-yard run. However, McPheeters had a 1-yard run at the end of the quarter to push their lead to 38-23.
McPheeters then scored the final touchdown of the game in the fourth quarter to give them the 21-point win. McPheeters had 27 carries for 146 yards and three touchdown runs.
“He runs hard and we’ve got great guys around him,” Bowsman said. “Our wide receivers tonight were huge. They played like men tonight. That was the difference.”
West Washington will host Oldenburg Academy on Friday, Oct. 21 in the first round of the Class A Sectional 47. Salem (5-4) will travel to face Corydon Central in the first round of the Class 3A Sectional 31 first round.
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