WW sets the tone early, cruises to 36-0 win over EHS PDF Print E-mail

It didn’t take long for fireworks to start in Friday’s football game against Eastern and the visiting Senators of West Washington.


Just 12 seconds into the game there had been a touchdown, a two-point conversion and off-setting personal foul penalties.

The early game excitement, turned into a rather easy win for West Washington, 36-0.

The Senators won the toss and elected to receive.

Landon McPheeters fielded the ball and returned it 76 yards for the season’s first touchdown.

On the field behind McPheeters, players from each team were involved in an altercation, but both players were penalized.

WW Head Coach Phillip Bowsman credited the front line of his team’s kick-off return for opening the lane for McPheeters.

“If you look, those five guys up front are our offensive line,” Bowsman said. “They are there for a reason. They are big and they can move. We are very good at blocking in space and we felt like we might have an opportunity to return some this year.

“We talked a lot about throwing the first punch, being physical and setting the tone. We did that and I was proud of the kids.”

Things settled down after the opening minutes, but West Washington never let go of the control gained from the opening play.

A run by Michael Sizemore on the Point After Touchdown (PAT) made the score 8-0.

After forcing an Eastern punt, the Senators went back on the march.

They mounted a nine-play 89-yard drive that ended when Sizemore connected with Derek Leep on a 29-yard touchdown pass.

This time Sizemore kicked the one-point PAT, which put WW up 15-0 with 6:05 remaining in the first quarter.

Eastern lost the ball on a fumble on their next possession, but kept the Senator offense at bay by forcing a three and out.

The Musketeers had some success moving the ball on its next drive behind the running of Quentin Knight.

A 21-yard gain by Knight, but the Musketeers at mid-field, buy two negative yardage plays in a row, followed by an incomplete pass forced another punt.

This time, West Washington responded with an eight-play drive that covered 65 yards and ended when Isaiah Snyder scored from five yards out.

Sizemore kicked the PAT and the Senators led 22-0 with 7:48 remaining in the first half.

The Senators ended the first half scoring the way they started thanks to a one-yard run by McPheeters.

Sizemore’s PAT made the score 29-0 at the half.

West Washington added another score by McPheeters with 5:12 remaining in the fourth quarter, to close out the scoring.

McPheeters didn’t touch the ball again and Bowsman said his team began focusing on using some different players in game situations.

“I have three skill players who are hurt right now,” Bowsman said. “There was nothing to prove late in this game. We wanted to work on things with some twos and threes, but we also wanted to execute and do the things we need to be doing at all times.”

It was the first varsity start for Sizemore, Bowsman said if issuing a grade for the performance it’d be in the range of a “B.”

“Michael is a very good leader,” Bowsman said. “He communicated with receivers. I think early in the game he didn’t make the best decisions, but late in the game I thought he did a much better job of reacting and making decisions.”