Westviews defense seals the 28-14 victory in Friday nights opener

by: THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Barlow QB Alex Plusquellec reaches out to make a hand-off during Fridays game. Bruins coach Terry Summerfield tested three quarterbacks on the night.

Barlow could not have asked for a better start Friday night. Westview was forced into a quick punt — a kick that wobbled into the air and fluttered to the ground like a dying goose. The Bruins took over at the Wildcats 24-yard line and scored on their first offensive play. Barlow head coach Terry Summerfield has an open quarterback competition going between three players. Two of them got a chance to show off their arm on the opening play.

Sal Orozco took the snap and fired a quick lateral to Kody Kennedy, who let loose with a bomb toward the end zone. Receiver Tyler Cornelison ran under the ball, and the Bruins held a 7-0 lead.

That would prove to be one of the few highlights for the Bruins, as Westview came on strong in the fourth quarter to pick up a 28-14 win.

Barlow got a break late in the third quarter when a roughing the kicker penalty allowed it to convert on 4th-and-25. The Bruins took advantage of the second chance when QB Alex Plusquellec spotted Aaron Nelson in the flat for a 13-yard sprint to the pylon that tied the score 14-14 to start the fourth quarter.

Westview escaped the deadlock in a matter of seconds.

Khataun Thompson sprinted down the sideline in front of the Bruins bench for a 62-yard kickoff return that put the Wildcats in scoring position.

Westview needed just one play.

Quarterback Julius Rucker couldn’t get the ball out of his hand quick enough when he stepped to the line of scrimmage. The Wildcats had kept this play in their back pocket all night, and when Rucker took a peak at the Barlow defense he knew it was time to pounce.

Rucker took the snap, made three quick steps, set his feet and fired a perfect strike straight to the sideline. No one was near receiver Ray Ayo, who grabbed the catch and made a quick sprint 29 yards to the end zone for the go-ahead score.

“We were scheming for that the whole game,” Rucker said. “I saw where their linebackers were lined up and knew it would be wide open. I just had to drop back and deliver the ball.”

The Wildcats were unable to run out the clock on the Bruins, but a Matt Gorman punt that rolled dead at the 5-yard line left Barlow without much hope down the stretch.

The Bruins failed to cross it’s own 30 on its last three possessions.

Facing 3rd-and-2, the Bruins failed to connect on a pitch play around the right side as the ball went end-over-end behind the running back and bounced along the grass. Each team got a hand on the ball, but it continued to squirt free until Westview’s Mitch Kekel arrived on the scene, scooping it up and racing 16 yards into the end zone to put the game away 28-14 with 3:00 to play.

“We needed to avoid mistakes, and we just had too many of those tonight,” Summerfield said. “We have a lot of younger kids on the field, so we’re going to have some growing pains over these first four weeks. We want to have these kids ready for league play when it counts.”

The Wildcats sent Barlow off the field for the final time when Malcolm Lewis and Dylan Savage broke through quickly and sandwiched Barlow’s QB for a sack on 4th-and-8.

Barlow running back Colby Winnett gained 37 yards on four carries, while Kennedy completed 9 of 16 passes for 89 yards. Cornelison led the receivers with four catches for 59 yards, while Kennedy Johnson made four grabs for 33 yards along with an interception.

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by: THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Barlows line faces off against the Westview defensive front during Fridays 28-14 loss to the Wildcats.

WESTVIEW 0 7 7 14 — 28

BARLOW 7 0 0 7 — 14

First quarter

BAR — Tyler Cornelison 24 pass from Kody Kennedy (Zach Standish kick), 9:53

Second quarter

WST — Ray Ayo 35 pass from Julius Rucker (Matt Gorman kick), 7:44

Third quarter

WST — Xavier Williams 2 run (Gorman kick), 4:25

Fourth quarter

BAR — Aaron Nelson 13 pass from Alex Plusquellec (Standish kick), 11:54

WST — Ayo 29 pass from Rucker (Gorman kick), 11:35

WST — Mitch Kekel 16 fumble return (Gorman kick), 3:00

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