|Senators swat Jackets, 35-12|
Every where you look at a West Washington football game, the Superman logo can be seen representing the S for Senators.
But thanks to a full stable of skill players, this year’s Senator football team would be more aptly named, “The Legion of Doom.”
A number of those weapons were on display in Friday’s 35-12 win over visiting Mitchell.
Leading the way for the Legion was sophomore back Landon McPheeters, who rushed for 133 on 14 carries and three touchdowns.
When McPheeters wasn’t making a play, it was the Senators’ talented Jack-of-all-trades, Brenden Grimes scoring through the air.
Grimes and senior quarterback Cody Maudlin connected on scoring plays of five and 34 yards.
Grimes also handled kicking duties on the Point After Touchdowns and had a deep punt that pinned the Jackets deep in their own territory.
Senator Head Coach Phillip Bowsman had nothing put praise for both McPheeters and Grimes.
“He is a stud!” Bowsman said of McPheeters. “He had 50 yards taken away from him tonight on penalties.”
As for Grimes, Bowsman said he wears many hats for the Senators.
“He boomed that punt,” Bowsman said. “He had a couple of touchbacks on kick-offs, he did PATs for us. He missed one, but it wasn’t his fault, it just fell off the block. He is also so elusive. He is slippery and once he cuts, he can get to full speed right away. He is very vital to what we do.”
Against the Jackets, the Senators fell behind after an 11-play 84-yard drive that put them up 6-0 when senior Devon Cobb scored on a 34-yard scamper.
The Senators bounced back with a scoring drive of their own. The Senators answered with a long drive of their own that ended with a four-yard run by McPheeters.
On the PAT attempt, Mitchell jumped off-sides, moving the ball to the one and a half yard line for the Senators.
That caused Bowsman to opt to try for two.
Quarterback Cody Maudlin kept the ball on a keep play and the Senators were ahead to stay, 8-6.
West Washington forced a three-and-out on the Jackets next offensive series.
Mitchell answered with a three and out of their own on the Senator offense, but lost any momentum gained with a fumble that gave West Washington second life.
It only took a few plays before the Senators were on the attack again.
Facing a fourth and goal, instead of kicking a field goal, Bowsman gambled and called a pass play.
Maudlin, who finished the game completing nine of 16 passes, found Grimes on a slant pass for a five-yard touchdown.
Grimes kicked the PAT and West Washington led 15-6 with 5:47 remaining in the first half.
West Washington added one more score, this time, McPheeters scampered 35-yards.
There was no scoring in the third quarter, but West Washington did scored in the opening seconds of the fourth when McPheeters ran it in from 16 yards out.
Grimes kicked the PAT and the route was on.
Mitchell did manage another score, but 30 yards of the drive were penalty yards called against the Senators.
In his mind, Bowsman said he felt like his team should have only allowed the six points and maybe left some un-scored points on the field.
“We put some points on the board, but I think we left a couple of touchdowns out there,” he said. “Mitchell did a great job. Coach Pritchett has done a great job in a short amount of time. They have confidence, they believe in what they are doing, they believe in their coaches, the community is behind them and those three or four things are vital to building a program.
“We left some stuff on the field and gave them one they shouldn’t have. That’s not to take anything away from them, but it is to say, we have some stuff still to work on.”
One of the reasons Bowsman felt like they could have scored more was because of the 11 penalties for 105 total yards.
The penalty bug struck on the Jackets first drive.
West Washington forced a fourth and five with Mitchell still in their own territory.
It appeared the Jackets were not going to run a play, but were trying to draw West Washington off-sides with a hard snap count.
The attempt worked, the Senators jumped and allowed the Jacket drive to stay alive.
“It was fourth and five and they were trying to draw us off-side,” Bowsman said. “I believe they were going to punt and even if they don’t and decide to run it, I like our chances to stop them. We jump, they get a first down and go on to score. That touchdown was due in-part because of that penalty.”
West Washington is now 3-0 and will travel to Springs Valley to play the winless Blackhawks.
Bowsman said his team can’t get caught up in the fact that Valley is 0-2.
“We better come ready to tackle,” Bowsman said. “Selby O’Brian is a stud. He is a big strong and fast kid. He rushed for 115 yards against Mitchell, but 96 of those yards were on one run. So, they did a nice job of keeping him bottled up. He is a stud. He returned a kick on us last year, so we are going to have to bring our A-game defensively.”
Friday’s game in French lick will get underway at 7 p.m.
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 September 2014 11:35|