Wildcats hit the road, drop the hammer on Tornado
Westview rolls into Medford's Spiegelberg Stadium and rolls out with a 44-7 blowout victory
MEDFORD - North Medford High School has long been a graveyard for visiting football teams, but on Friday, it was Westview that did the burying.
The Wildcats, led by a potent defense that scored two touchdowns and forced six turnovers, pasted the Black Tornado 44-7 at Spiegelberg Stadium Friday night to end their non-league schedule with a 4-0 record while North Medford fell to 2-1.
'We were a little surprised, but when you get six turnovers and your defense scores twice, you ought to win,' said Westview coach Jon Evans, whose team jumped to fourth in this week's AP Class 6A football poll.
And Westview's win was made even more amazing by the fact that it built its win on the road, and that North Medford actually led 7-0 at the start of the game and 7-3 at the end of the first quarter. But after that lone Black Tornado touchdown - a 10-yard Darren Bruhns pass to Skyler Mlasko - it was all Westview the rest of the way.
Josh Parshall got his team on the scoreboard with a 23-yard field goal in the first quarter, and the Wildcats
took the lead for good when Kaale Papas bashed in from 1 yard in the second quarter. The Westview offense stepped up again in the third quarter, getting a 9-yard Josh Hill-to-Dan Wells scoring strike and a 28-yard TD run by Duane Prewitt to extend the Wildcats' lead to 24-7. Hill's TD pass came three plays after teammate Yong-Suk Choi drilled the Black Tornado kick returner at the start of the third quarter and forced a fumble that Westview
Then it was time for the Wildcat defense to step up. With the Black Tornado driving toward the Wildcat end zone, it appeared North Medford would cut the Westview lead to 24-14 - but Spencer Arns had other ideas. He intercepted a Bruhns pass at the 2-yard line and ran it back 98 yards to score.
The Cat 'D' got it done on North Medford's next possession, too, when Andrew DeGarmo stripped the ball away from Jacob Colmenero and ran 15 yards to score for a 37-7 lead.
'The defense has been awesome. They've only allowed one touchdown in three games,' Evans said.
Papas (30 yards on six carries) added Westview's final TD in the fourth quarter on a 1-yard run.
Prewitt led Westview with 64 yards on 17 carries. Hill connected on 7-of-16 passes for 149 yards, one TD and one interception. Andrew Jones was Westview's leading receiver with 104 yards on two catches. Bruhns threw for 186 yards but was intercepted twice, and along with North's four lost fumbles, was unable to recover from those turnovers.