A hour and a half bus ride against a team ranked in the top 10 in Kentucky’s Class 2A poll didn’t seem to phase West Washington as they traveled to Louisville to play Christian Academy.
The Senators went in, handled business and scored with six seconds remaining giving the team their first win of the season, 35-27.
“We turned a 180 (from the opener against Eastern),” said Head Coach Phillip Bowsman. “It was a great game. It was a lot of fun, but I wouldn’t want it that close every week.
“. . . We prepared and were focused and our execution on game night was tremendous,” Bowsman said.
Part of that execution is credited to quarterback Zach Trueblood who connected with Chad Thompson for four touchdowns.
Thompson’s 11 receptions tied a school record. He had three touches against Eastern and all of them were for pretty big yardage.
Bowsman said after the Eastern game he realized he had to do more to get Thompson involved and the second part of that was Trueblood feeding the hot player.
“There are a lot of things we can do formationally that can get Chad in the mix of things,” he said. “We needed to do that and Zach saw that it’s like basketball. When some one keeps making the shots, you keep getting them the ball. I think Zach saw that and keep getting the ball to Chad.”
Bowsman said even though his team gave up 27 points, two of those game on big plays and another was a rushing touchdown where his team was out of position.
On defense, sophomore Sean Keller, who transferred from Eastern, played his first game as a Senator and made his presences felt immediately.
Bowsman said Kellar had 11 tackles and led the team in WW’s defensive scoring system.
“Kellar had 35 points and the next closest player had 22,” he said.
The Senators improved to 1-1 with win and will get their first taste of home cooking Friday when they host Springs Valley.
Bowsman said that will be another tough one.
“They are strong,” he said. “They are going to line up and come right at us. They will go double tight and run T, and they run an I-wing back field. They do a lot of power running and play-action passing.”
The game will get underway at 7:30 p.m.
EHS tennis splits
The Eastern High School boys’ tennis team split a pair of matches last week. They defeated Clarksville Wednesday, but lost to New Albany Thursday.
In the win against the Generals, Drew Logue lost his number one singles match 6-0, 6-2.
At number two singles, Matt Pickerill lost 6-0, 6-1.
Alex Doebler won 6-1, 6-0 in number three singles.
In number one doubles, Jordan Gray and Clayton Marshall won 6-4, 6-3.
The Musketeers number two doubles won Terry Chism and Nicholas Hobson won in a forfeit.
Eastern played two junior varsity matches.
Matt Quillen won 6-2 and Scott Sapp won 6-3.
EHS didn’t win any against New Albany.
Logue, Pickerill and Doebler lost in singles.
Gray and Marshall fell in number one singles and Chism and Hobson lost in number two doubles.
Sapp and Quillen lost at junior varsity doubles 8-0.
Eastern has three matches this week. They played Corydon Monday, Austin Tuesday and will play Henryville Thursday.
EHS VB loses to PHS
Coming off the heels of their fourth consecutive county championship in a row, the EHS volleyball team hosted Providence on Wednesday, Aug. 24.
The Lady Musketeers battled in the first came, but was eventually swept by the Lady Pioneers, 25-22, 25-17, 25-19.
“The girls are continuing to improve with each game and practice,” said Co-Head Coach Casey Gamero. “Jocelyn Mousty is getting her timing down with attacks and contributed seven kills and numerous blocks.”
Krista Roberts lead the team with 12 kills.
“We have worked on running a more balanced offense,” Gamero said. “Everyone contributed in the kill category this match. They would adjust to our outsides so Emily would run some quick sets in the middle which paid off.”
Kayla Beach had four kills in a row.
“Our passing and defense has seen the most improvement but is still work in progress,” Gamero said. “It took the team longer than I would have liked to adjust to their offense. We prepared for it in practice but it still took some time to adjust.”
Nikki Nale led the team in digs.