Westwood is on a “Revenge Tour,” and it was sweet in the 38-3 victory against Dreher on Friday night.
“I think this is the third team that’s scheduled us for homecoming,” Redhawks running back Christian Brown said. “We kind of had this thing coming into the season called ‘Revenge Tour.’ ”
Bolstered by a defense that allowed 29 yards of offense, the Redhawks (3-4) came into their game against the Blue Devils (5-2) on a more focused note after a 29-21 loss to Chapin.
Instead of just watching film on Sunday, the Redhawks also ran. Practices were longer. Winning one game last season, Westwood thought it should’ve beaten Chapin, and the Redhawks worked for a better result against Dreher.
“They kicked our butts all week,” Brown said of the coaches. “It fueled the fire.”
The extra work didn’t show until the end of the second quarter. Interceptions ended two drives for Westwood, and 75 penalty yards ended others. But late in the second quarter, the Redhawks were able to take advantage of good field position at the Dreher 35-yard-line. Quarterback Chris Patterson’s 34-yard pass to Vyncint Smith set up a short touchdown run for Brown.
Westwood extended its lead less than a minute later, intercepting Blue Devils quarterback Avery Armstong and then scoring on a 48-yard touchdown run by Brown. He finished with 202 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
“We like to feed him the ball as much as we can,” Westwood coach Rodney Summers said.
Brown was on his own quest for revenge after a disappointing performance for him in last season’s game against the Blue Devils, a 29-22 loss.
“Last year, I kind of gave up the ball at the end of the game, so that fueled my fire, too,” Brown said.
With the defense limiting Dreher’s ability to move the ball, Westwood continued to have good field position, finding the end zone with ease and pulling most of its starters in the fourth quarter while Dreher couldn’t get a first down in the second half.
For a program in its second year, the Redhawks showed the strides they’ve made since last season.
“Physically, they’re a much better team than last year,” Dreher coach Treigh Sullivan said. “I was talking to their coach before the game, and any time you have a new school like that, it takes a while to get things going. But they’re an impressive group, and they did a good job.”
D—Wesley Mousseau 27-yard field goal 2:02
W—Brown 5 run (Brandon Howard kick) 2:36
W—Brown 48 run (Howard kick) 1:38
W—Howard 37-yard field goal :06
W—Brown 9 run (Howard kick) 7:06
W—Patterson 9 run (Howard kick) 3:06
W—Terrence Anderson 2 run (Howard kick) 7:41