By Dennis Dunn
The West Washington football team used a two-headed rushing monster on Friday night, Sept. 6 in their 34-0 Patoka Lake Athletic Conference win over Paoli. With the win, the Senators now 5-0 and 4-0 in the conference clinched at least a share of the title.
However, with a win over Perry Central at home on Sept. 30, the Senators will win for their second straight crown. The Rams, fell to 2-3 and 2-1 on the year.
The Senators got big rushing night from 6-3, 220 pound senior running back Landon McPheeters (12-167) and 5-6, 163 pound junior Jacob Farris (9-147) as they amassed 314 of the team’s 461 total yards.
As for Farris his longest run of the night was a 74-yard gallop for touchdown in the fourth quarter.
“I just went out there and played my best,” Farris said after his big rushing night. “I just tried everything I could to help our team win. We all got touches tonight and everyone done their best tonight.
“It felt awesome to get a long touchdown run and last week my 85-yard touchdown run got called back. We came out and played hard and our defense didn’t give up. Going forward we are going to work hard in practice and games to keep this momentum going.”
Even though it was a nice win for the Senators, the one thing that they must do is cut down on penalties. The Senators finished the game with 12 penalties for 144 yards, while the Rams had only one penalty for eight yards.
“We had some silly penalties and there are some things we need to clean up,” WW Coach Philip Bowsman said. “They done some things, technique wise, that created some of those penalties. They done some things that forced us to hold them. We just got our hands extended but we have to fight through those things.”
Farris got the Senators rolling in the first quarter as he took the first handoff and went 53 yards. Six plays later, Eamonn Tragesser caught a 16-yard pass from Michael Sizemore for the first score of the game to make it 7-0. After a Paoli punt, the Senators needed only one possession to make it 14-0 as Landon McPheeters scored from 43 yards out.
“Jacob runs very hard and is a great 1-2 punch with Landon,” Bowsman said. “He runs really hard with great speed and he had a great night tonight. The line done a great job creating some holes for us.”
McPheeters picked up his second touchdown of the game in the second quarter by collecting a 4-yard run as Joe Tragesser picked up his third PAT to make it 21-0 at the break.
Both teams battled through a scoreless third quarter, but the Senators scored two more times in the fourth quarter as E. Tragesser had another touchdown reception, this one from 16 yards and then Farris had his long touchdown run to close out the scoring.
“We had to make some adjustments when they went to that wishbone formation,” Bowsman said. “We helped them out on one drive by giving them 30 yards in penalties. We need to fix those silly things like that. We then had a big goal line stance and that was huge for us.”
The Senators will travel to Tecumseh on Sept. 23 before finishing out their final three games at home. The Rams will also step outside conference and host Corydon Central.
Friday, Sept. 16,
Paoli 0 0 0 0 – 0
WW 14 7 0 13 – 34
WW: Eamonn Tragesser, 16-pass from Michael Sizemore (Joe Tragesser kick) 9:20
WW: Landon McPheeters, 43-run (J. Tragesser kick) 1:38
WW: McPheeters, 4-run (J. Tragesser kick) 11:38
WW: E. Tragesser, 16-pass from Sizemore (kick fail) 11:09
WW: Jacob Farris, 74-run (J. Tragesser kick) 7:20
Rushing (41-461): WW-McPheeters 12-167, Farris 9-147, Sizemore 13-79, Tanner Packwood 4-38; Paoli (40-101)-Chaz Becht 12-47, Ian Strange 9-28, Tyler Smith 15-20, Tyson Whaley 1-3; Passing: WW-Sizemore 6-12-54-2-0; Paoli-Smith 2-4-17-0-1, Strange 0-1-0-0-0; Receiving: WW-E. Tragesser 2-32, Packwood 2-19, McPheeters 2-3; Paoli-Dietrich Sears 2-17