Westside shuts down Lions 21-0

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Westside spoiled Manila's home opener with a 21-0 shutout in high school football action Friday, Aug. 31, at Manila.

Manila quarterback Zach Reinhart is pursued by a host of Westside defenders in the Lion's home opener loss to the Warriors.

Quarterback Chase Mann ran for 111 yards and scored all three Westside touchdowns to lead the Warriors to the victory. Mann got Westside on the board with 5:37 left in the opening quarter, racing through the Lion defense on his way to a 79-yard touchdown romp. Chase Sprinkle added the point after, giving Westside a 7-0 lead.

The Warriors threatened again on their next possession after a short Lion punt gave Westside excellent field position at the Manila 37. A 23-yard pass from Mann to Austin McCue gave the Warriors a first and goal at the Manila two yard line, but running back Katun Dodd fumbled on the next play and Manila's Zack Reinhart pounced on the ball in the end zone to stop the drive.

Westside would not be denied on its next possession, scoring on a 32-yard counter run by Mann with 8:22 left in the half. Sprinkle again added the point after for a 14-0 lead.

The Manila high school cheerleaders and Lion mascot performed a routine at halftime of the Westside-Manila home opener.

Mann capped off his scoring night with a five-yard touchdown burst at the 1:41 mark of the second quarter. Sprinkle's PAT gave the Warriors a 21-0 lead.

Manila had a chance to get on the board early in the third quarter when Colby Williams returned the second half kickoff 48 yards to the Warrior 32 yard line, giving the Lions excellent field position. But the Westside defense stiffened, stopping the Lions on downs, keeping Manila out of the end zone.

The Lions drove deep into Warrior territory in the fourth quarter, but a fumble stopped the scoring threat.

Mann, a junior, finished the night with 185 yards of total offense. Mann threw for 74 yards to go along with his 111 yard rushing effort. Running backs Dodd and Nick Hall ran for 35 and 32 yards respectively. Wide receiver Josh Pierce caught three passes for 74 yards. The Warriors finished the night with 280 yards of total offense.

Westside's stingy defense limited Manila to 97 total yards, including 94 on the ground. Dustin Sirmon led the Lions' rushing attack with 14 carries for 34 yards. Sophomore quarterback Kyle Joyner had nine carries for 26 yards while Chase Thrasher rushed four times for 22 yards. Senior quarterback Zach Reinhart completed a three yard pass to Thrasher.

Reinhart and Matt Ferguson recovered fumbles for the Lions while senior linebacker Nick Carmichael had 12 tackles. Senior defensive lineman Chad Lisk contributed nine tackles, four of which accounted for lost yardage along with a quarterback sack and one quarterback pressure.

"We made too many mistakes tonight," said Manila Coach Jerry Castor. "Any time you turn the ball over three times in the first half, you aren't going to win the football game. Give credit to Westside. I thought they had a really good scheme against us tonight. They just out-manned us a little bit. We will watch some tape, try to get better and go from there. I was proud of the kids tonight and the effort they gave."

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