Westfall wins in Keller, Cain debuts

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Westfall 21, Teays Valley 10

Williamsport Westfall opened the season with a new coach and new quarterback Friday. Unfortunately for host Teays Valley the Mustangs also packed a veteran defense. Dominating the Viking offense, Westfall rode a strong defensive effort and gutsy play from junior quarterback D.J. Cain to a 21-10 win in first-year coach Scott Keller’s debut. The victory was the fifth straight for the D-IV Mustangs over the D-II Vikings.


ASHVILLE – Williamsport Westfall opened the season with a
new coach and new quarterback Friday. Unfortunately for host Teays Valley the
Mustangs also packed a veteran defense.

Dominating the
Viking offense, Westfall rode a strong defensive effort and gutsy play from
junior quarterback D.J. Cain to a 21-10 win in first-year coach Scott Keller’s
debut. The victory was the fifth straight for the D-IV Mustangs over the D-II
Vikings.

Teays
Valley outgained Westfall 259-237 in total yards, but the Vikings relied on the
big play rather than sustained execution. The Mustangs settled for the latter.

The
Vikings gained 138 yards on five plays and mustered just 121 on the remaining
56 (2.16 yards per play). Teays Valley’s two quarterbacks – senior Dustin
Williams and junior Brady Stewart – carried the ball a combined 11 times for
minus-17 yards.

“We’re a very
physical and athletic defense,” Keller said. “A high school team has to go 70
yards in 12-15 plays and at some point in time they are going to make a mistake
and that’s where we’re just kind of sitting back and waiting. Our defense has
always been kind of like that. We’re a bend but don’t break defense. We don’t
really blitz a lot we just sit back and wait for the other team to make
mistakes.”

“We knew
coming in that they’d be a physical and athletic team,” Teays Valley coach
Steve Evans said. “Defensively we knew they returned eight or nine starters and
they’d come out and try to pound us. And they did.”

Senior Andrew
Cox led Teays Valley with 84 yards on 11 carries and gave the hosts an 8-7 lead
with a two-yard touchdown run at the 6:29 mark of the second quarter. Westfall
regained the lead on the next possession as senior Richard Harden went 19 yards
for a touchdown with 3:40 left in the half. Westfall led 14-8 at the break.

The Mustangs
opened the second half with an eight-play, 60-yard drive capped by a 34-yard
touchdown run from Cain.

A transfer
from World Harvest who started varsity the last two years, Cain finished the
night 12-of-19 for 126 yards and a touchdown. He also carried the ball 16 times
for 58 yards and a score.

“I thought
D.J. played a great game,” Keller said. “I talked to him before the game and
told him to be patient and let the game come to him. I thought he played very
well. He played within himself tonight and he made plays when he had to make
plays.”

There were butterflies.

“Yeah, little
ones,” Cain said. “There we’re a lot more people here, a lot more fans and a
lot better football. I knew I had to pull it together for my team though and we
bonded together and got it done.”

Teays Valley
threatened to remain close by driving to the Westfall 15-yardline on its first
possession of the second half. A penalty, one-yard gain, incompletion and
two-negative yardage plays by Westfall’s Tyler Rogers and Le Cline forced a
turnover on downs.

The Vikings
never threatened again.

“We knew
(Westfall’s defense would) be tough and they proved they are,” Evans said.
“They shut us down.”     

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