Indians cruise past Patriots
Lincoln Heights running back Josh Howerton is chased by West View defender Kenyon Harper while ref Jason Martin looks on.
The West View Indians came out the gate with offense on their mind. It also helped that they supplied a suffocating defense. The Indians picked up a 42-0 victory behind the arm of John Foreback and a stifling defense at Burke-Toney Stadium on Tuesday night.
With the win, the Indians improve to 3-2 overall, while Lincoln Heights dips to 0-5.
West View coach Jason Hensley was pleased with his players and his coaching staff on Tuesday night.
“This was a total team effort from the players on the field to my assistant coaches on the sideline,” said Hensley. “I was also pleased with the kicking of Christian Holland. He is a seventh grader who has done a heck of a job for us. He has great accuracy and he’s helped us a lot this season. I was also happy with the way our defense played.”
On the Indians first play from scrimmage, Foreback ran a quarterback keeper from seven yards away to give the Indians a 6-0 lead. Holland nailed the extra-point to up the lead to 7-0 West View with 5:50 showing on the first quarter clock.
Late in the first quarter, West View’s Andrew Wilder recovered a fumble in great field position for Indians at the Lincoln Heights 35 yard line with 2:25 left in the quarter. The Indians could not convert on the turnover and Lincoln Heights responded with a drive of their own. Quarterback Daniel Spoone found Aenus Dulin on a 20-yard pass right before the first quarter ended to put the Patriots in the red zone.
With the ball in the red zone to begin the second quarter, the Indians defense rose to the occasion as Wilder stopped Spoone on a fourth down and two run to end the chances of a Patriot touchdown with 5:50 left until halftime. However, the Indians made quick work on offense.
Foreback raced 75 yards on a quarterback keeper down the West View sideline for a touchdown to give the Indians a 13-0 lead. Holland hit a successful extra point to up the Indians’ lead to 14-0 with 5:29 left until halftime.
Later in the quarter, West View’s Sejdi Oruglica blocked a punt, which set up another West View touchdown. Foreback found Colton Misenheimer on a screen pass for a 13 yard touchdown. Holland added the kick giving the Indians a 21-0 lead with 2:25 left until halftime. Misenheimer’s score proved to be the final of the half as West View led 21-0 at the break.
In the third quarter, the Indians put together a long drive highlighted by catches from Logan Shafer and Davis Connelly.
The Indians capitalized on the drive as Foreback found Misenheimer once again from 14 yards out for a touchdown. Holland attempt was successful for a 28-0 Indians lead with 5:03 left in the third.
Late in the third quarter, the Patriots’ Blake Greenlee recovered a fumble to put the Patriots in excellent field position at the Indians 30 yard line.
However, the Patriots could not catch a break as Connelly intercepted a pass to give the ball back to the Indians.
In the fourth quarter, West View’s Austin Smith raced 30 yards for a touchdown with 5:53 left. Holland added the extra kick to push the score to 35-0. With a 35-0 advantage, the clock ran continuously, but West View added one more score before the game ended.
Smith ran back interception at the 3:33 mark to close out the game and 42-0 after Holland converted his sixth extra point of the game.
-By Chris Ayers, Assistant Sports Editor