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Monday morning quarterback 26 November 2007

Posted by Observer Sports in Analysis, Editorial, Humble, Updates, Westfield.

We’re down to 32 teams in Texas 5A football and even less at some of the smaller levels, but only one team remains from the Observer coverage area.

I really think it should be two, however; I thought Humble was going to pull out last Friday’s game against Fort Bend Hightower. More than a loss, the missed opportunities will haunt the Wildcats in the offseason. Humble failed to put the game away when it had the chance early, then repeatedly drove into Hightower territory but failed to break off a big play in the second half.

The spot on fourth-and-1 and the false start on third-and-3 are the biggest laments of the fourth quarter, but Humble really gave the game away in the first half. The two touchdowns the Hurricanes scored were both big-play momentum shifters, especially the touchdown pass in the final minute of the half. It looked like Humble would escape the half with a 13-7 lead, but being forced to punt from its own 1 was just too much.

As usual, Humble’s defense – its defensive line, in particular – was fearsome and deserving of the highest respect. I think Humble-Cy Ridge would have been an awesome game, especially given how well Eisenhower played against Cy Ridge. Too bad we won’t see it.

Speaking of defensive lines, Westfield‘s front four was absolutely dominant against Round Rock Stony Point. Yes, the Mustangs gave up 21 points, but time and time again the D-line rose up to stop the Tigers in crucial spots. Stony Point turned the ball over on downs four separate times in the game, mostly because of the efforts of Jonathan Mathis, Christian Ridge, Austin Mayes and Nick Nwoko on the offensive line.

It was the first time I got to see Westfield play all season, and while conditions were not ideal (did I really SEE them play with all the rain coming down?), I could not help but be impressed. Even without throwing a pass in the second half, Westfield’s offense dominatedĀ the game, and the O-line came to play. Bo Walker was serviceable running the ball in the first half, but Darryl Ford really exploited the holes that opened up for him in the second half and was deserving of his 194-yard, four-touchdown performance.

Westfield-Plano on Saturday ought to be an absolute classic. Westfield beat Plano East last year in a 31-27 thriller, and we can only hope for more of the same on Saturday.



1. Wildcat Fan - 27 November 2007

Westfield beat Plano East Panthers last year. This year’s match up features the 7 time state championship Plano Wildcats vs. Westfield.

2. Wildcat Fan - 27 November 2007

Westfield played Plano East last year, not PLANO.

JY: Can’t believe I misread it somewhere. Thanks for the correction. I still expect a good game.

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