Redhawks outlast Lancaster

LANCASTER – The Redhawks suffered a tough loss to Dutch Fork last week but had to rebound this week for region play on the road against the Lancaster Bruins, and it was not an easy test for Westwood.  They held the lead for most the game, however the Bruins never stopped nipping at their heels. Eventually Westwood pulled it out, 36-29.

Christian Horn (4) struggles past the tight grasp of the Lancaster defender to get the ball across the goal line. | Photo/Leroy Howard

The win improves Westwood to 4-2 this season, and they solidified that crucial first victory in the region. Elijah Heatley blazed the Bruins’ secondary to the tune of 251 yards and four touchdowns, including the game’s first score, a 27-yard pass to Cortes Braham.

Lancaster quarterback Kemarkio Cloud was intercepted later in the quarter by Sterling Scott, who happened to be celebrating his birthday. Scott took to the ball to the house for the ceremonial birthday touchdown.

Cloud looked to make up for the interception, and later in the first he did just that. The Bruins were facing a third-and-11 when Cloud kept the option for himself and found the end zone from thirty yards out.

Westwood surrendered the lead early in the second on a rushing score and a successful two-point conversion. Trailing 15-14 shortly before the end of the half, Elijah Heatley found another of his receiving threats, Christian Horn, for his second touchdown pass of the game.

The late score did not deflate the Bruins’ morale. Shortly after the opening of the second half, they found the end-zone again and hit the point after attempt to tie the game back up. However, the next two scores, including another Heatley passing touchdown, belonged to the Redhawks, and after the 14-0 run, Westwood led 36-22 with less than three minutes remaining.

It looked to be certainly over, but Lancaster would not go away. They marched 70 yards down the field in less than in a minute and ended the drive with another score to pull within a touchdown. Lancaster forced a Westwood punt and got the ball back for one last opportunity to tie or win.

The Bruins worked the ball down near the Redhawk 20-yard line with time remaining for one last play. Cloud heaved the ball to the end-zone looking for the touchdown, but the Redhawks defense swatted the pass down and held onto the 36-29 win.

Westwood is back at home next week for their homecoming festivities. They are hosting the number seven ranked team in the nation, the top ranked team in South Carolina, South Pointe.

SCORING

WHS–  14-8-6-8-36

LHS– 7-8-7-7–29

INDIVIDUAL STATS

RUSHING: WHS – Jaylon Riley 16-136, Ahmon Green 5-19, Joshua Heyward 3-20, Elijah Heatley 6-20.

PASSING:  WHS – Elijah Heatley 12-25 251 yards four touchdowns, one interception; Ahmon Green 3-3 29 yards.

RECEIVING: WHS – Christian Horn 6-106, Trini Feggett 1-1, Montre Miller 3-96, Daquan Wise 1-11, Cortes Braham 3-45.