By Hank Krause
The Akron-Westfield Westerners opened the 2013 season on the road to Orange City to tangle with the Knights of Unity Christian.
A-W scored late in the first quarter following an odd punt play. Unity Christian was forced to punt from deep in their own territory. UC’s punter kicked the ball high and as it came down, it nailed a UC defender on top of the head.
After a 15-yard penalty, A-W had the ball on the UC’s 30. Sam Mace ran two quarterback draws before scoring on a 16-yard run into the middle to put A-W up, 7-0.
A-W’s next possession let the Knights back into the game as Mace threw a pass by UC’s Cody Gradert who picked it off and returned it 54 yards to score.
A-W with the ball on their own 17 went to the air as Mace found Chance Hoffman open for an 83-yard touchdown. Hoffman had a great stiff arm on the Knights’ defender at the 15 to score.
Later in the second quarter, A-W scored as Mace scored on a two-yard run to make it 21-7 at half-time.
A-W scored one more time in the fourth quarter as Mace hit Kevin Carlson for a 10-yard swing pass to give A-W a 28-7 lead.
It was typically an open game as the game was marred by 22 penalties. A-W had 9 and UC, 13.
A-W’s offense at times showed well. Mace had a field day running the quarterback draw. The passing game wasn’t bad but we had trouble with straight dives, which isn’t all bad.
Defensively, all the kids played well as there were some real hits put out by A-W.
The UC runners seemed a little tentative. As Cubbie said, “I’ll go down before you hit me because it won’t hurt as bad.”
Cody Bosse, John Wolthuizen, Taylor Anderson, Arron Green and Devon Myers definitely made their presence felt. Some hits were really felt.
This week A-W will open at home against Le Mars Gehlen Catholic, always a war.
UC 7- 0-0-0= 7
12 First Down 13
38-180 Rushing 18-154
5-14-1 Passing 6-29-2
126 Passing Yards 61
306 Total Yards 215
9-70 Penalties 13-100
1-1 Fumbles Lost 3-0
5-40.1 Punting 6-22.4
1st 4:20 AW Mace 16 yd run
1st 3:00 UC Grader 54 yd pass int
2nd 11:12 AW Hoffman 83 yd pass
2nd 2:11 AW Mace 2 yd run
4th 4:38 AW Carlson 10 yd pass