West­lake stays red-hot after rout­ing Great Mills

Spencer tosses 3 TDs as Wolver­ines win 4th straight

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By MICHAEL REID mreid@somd­news.com

The red-hot West­lake foot­ball team made it four wins in a row when it pounded vis­it­ing Great Mills 45-8 in a South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Conference non­di­vi­sion game on Friday night.

After split­ting their first two games, the Wolver­ines (5-1 over­all) have now won their last four games. Dur­ing that span, they have al­lowed a pal­try 5.7 points against.

The 45 points West­lake scored Friday is a new sea­son high, eclips­ing the 32 it scored in its sea­son opener against Friendly of Prince Ge­orge’s County.

The Wolver­ines are cur­rently tied with La Plata for top spot in the Ch­e­sa­peake Di­vi­sion with 2-0 conference records after the War­riors downed Lackey 26-14 in Week 6, hand­ing the Charg­ers their first loss of the sea­son.

“The key was ex­e­cut­ing the fun­da­men­tals, details and ex­e­cu­tion of as­sign­ments,” West­lake head coach Tony Zac­carelli said. “We had a cou­ple of mis­cues and missed as­sign­ments that hurt us at times, but over­all I was pleased with how the guys played. Our guys had to play hard. Great Mills is a team that’s con­stantly get­ting bet­ter. They fight hard, they play hard and they have a good coach­ing staff, so they’re go­ing to con­tinue to get bet­ter. It’s a big win for us.”

West­lake opened the scor­ing on a 5-yard run by Jor­dan Brum­field (11 rushes for 127 yards) in the first quar­ter and put the game away when Jalon Spencer (12 of 17, 205 yards) tossed three sec­ond-quar­ter touch­down passes in the sec­ond quar­ter. He found Mitchell Lewis III from five yards out, tossed a 13-yard strike to Johnathan Barnes and An­dre Jack­son Jr. hauled in a 21yard re­cep­tion.

Lewis III made it 32-0

fol­low­ing a 5-yard scor­ing run and Nate Tyler and Collin Palmer scored on touch­down runs of 3 and 5 yards, re­spec­tively, in the fourth quar­ter.

Cur­to­nio Mar­shall had a teamhigh four tack­les and added two as­sists, a sack and a tackle for a loss.

The Hor­nets (1-5) were com­ing off its first win of the sea­son in Week 5, a 42-13 drub­bing of in-county ri­val Leonard­town.

“Ab­so­lutely [it was a big let­down],” Great Mills head coach Ty­rone Bell said. “A lot of the mis­takes we made were in­ex­cus­able, just guys not do­ing their job, poor tack­ling, just a whole bunch of men­tal er­rors. I was hop­ing we could have used that [Leonard­town] game as a step­ping stone to work on our weak points, but it looked like we didn’t even prac­tice last week.”

Ma­trel Ma­son rushed for 163 yards and scored Great Mills’ lone touch­down that went for 70 yards. The Hor­nets had a suc­cess­ful 2-point con­ver­sion as quar­ter­back Ter­rel Lon­don con­nected with Mar­lin Smith. Ja­mari Jor­dan and Vin­cent Giles each had an in­ter­cep­tion on de­fense.

Great Mills will host Hunt­ing­town at 6 p.m. Friday. The Hur­ri­canes fell to North Point in Week 6, 19-7.

“This week is re­ally go­ing to de­fine the ma­jor­ity of our team,” Bell said. “Are we go­ing to stay in this cy­cle and be what ev­ery­body ex­pects us to be or are we ac­tu­ally go­ing to ma­ture, get our­selves to­gether and put this team to­gether to play to the po­ten­tial we can play at?”

West­lake had the ad­van­tage in to­tal plays (70-30), to­tal yards (472-166) and first downs (26-5). The two teams com­bined for 400 rush­ing yards, in­clud­ing 243 by the Wolver­ines, and five turnovers, three by the Hor­nets.

West­lake was a com­bined 8 of 13 on third-and fourth-down con­ver­sions and Great Mills con­verted 1 of 8.

The Wolver­ines will host McDonough at 7 p.m. Friday in a Ch­e­sa­peake Di­vi­sion matchup. The Rams fell to Patux­ent in Week 6, 27-14.

“I think we have a le­git­i­mate shot to con­tinue on and be­ing 9-1,” Zac­carelli said. “We have a lot of tal­ent, a lot of abil­ity and our guys need to con­tinue to fo­cus and take it one game at a time.”

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