by Hank Krause
Akron-Westfield recorded their sixth win of the season over Sibley Ocheyedan. The Westerners again spotted the Generals a 6-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. A-W couldn’t seem to get untracked in the quarter but settled down and took control of matters.
Westerner Taylor James had an impressive night. Cory Eskra and Chet Willer were both slowed by injuries but still able to play. The offensive line did a fine job, and James took over. James had 25 carries for a whopping 324 yards, all in two-and-a-half quarters. The 324 yards put him over the 1,000 yard mark for 2012. He now has 1,039 yards rushing total.
A-W fumbled a punt at the end of the first quarter and S-O took over the ball at the AW 35. S-O’s Ethan Mino found Dylan Brockshus on a middle screen and S-O had a 6-0 lead. A-W came right back as they covered 60 yards in three plays and James scored his first of five rushing touchdowns. Following an errant center snap, A-W had the ball at the S-O 24. A-W drove to the S-O 5 where James rambled in to put A-W up 14-6. Following another center snap, the S-O punter was dropped for a safety to make it A-W 16, S-O 6.
James later scored on another two-yard run but S-O came back as Mino found Dillon Thies open in the middle, who made a great one-handed grab and outran everyone for a 65-yard touchdown.
James then broke off of the right side and bolted 72 yards down the sideline to make it 31-12 at the half.
The line blocking in the second and third quarter was very good. Aaron Green, Kyle Schroeder, Daniel Beitelspacher, Spencer Frankl, Kurtis Hoffman, Chance Hoffman, and Kevin Carlson all did a fine job.
James scored early in the third stanza following a Generals’ punt to the A-W 30. Using two plays, James scored from the 44 to make it 38-12. A-W scored three more points as Eskra threw a 12-yard pass to James to set up a field goal try, then kicked a 32-yard field goal.
Dylan Blinde got into the scoring act as he picked off an S-O aerial and returned it 40 yards to score and make it 54-12. S-O tallied late as Mino threw a 37-yard pass to Wiese to close the scoring for the night.
Defensively, A-W held the Generals to 22 rushing yards for the night. Beitelspacher, Cody Bosse, Chance Gant, and Cole Oltmanns put the Generals in deep “kimchi.” S-O threw the ball but yet completed only 4 of 18 and three were for touchdowns.
A-W travels to Alta next Friday to take on Alta-Aurelia.
1 2 3 4 T
A-W 0 31 13 10 54
S-O 6 6 0 6 18
Scoring by quarters
SO – Mino 35 yd pass to Brockshus PAT ng
AW – James 20 yd run PAT ng
AW – James 5 yd run (James run)
AW – James 2 yd run (James run)
AW – SO punter tackled in end zone
SO – Mino 65 yd pass to Thies PAT ng
AW – James 72 yd run Oltmanns kick
AW – James 44 yd run Oltmanns kick
AW – Eskra 12 yd pass to James
AW – James 32 yd FG
AW – Blinde 40 yd interception return Oltmanns kick
SO – Mino 37 yd pass to Wiese
First Downs 25 7
Rushes 60 30
Rushing yds 426 22
Passing 9-18-0 4-18-1
Passing yds 78 149
Total offense 504 171
Fumbles 2/0 2/0
Penalties 4-36 4 – 30
Punts 1-48.0 8-30.3