The News Courier in Athens, Alabama


October 19, 2013

West clinches 3rd playoff berth in 4 seasons

‘Cats pile up 497 rushing yards in 47-33 win at Priceville





1st quarter

5:15 — Tucker McCormick shed several tacklers en route to a 35-yard rushing TD, capping a 5-yard, 68-yard drive. Matthew Sanders converted the extra point for 7-0 West lead.

3:43 — Kaleb Barker rolls right and finds Luke Mason at the right pylon for an 18-yard TD. The Bulldogs cover 66 yards in five plays, with completions of 24 and 18 yards to set up score. Lamar Burch hits PAT to tie game at 7-7.

1:17 — On ensuing drive, West marches 61 yards in seven plays as Miller scores on a 5-yard run. Quarterback Drew Blakely kept the chains moving with a 30-yard pass to Stevie Romero and a 10-yard toss to Logan Pugh. West leads 13-7 after PAT sailed wide right.

2nd quarter

9:06 — West marches 62 yards in 10 plays, with Romero snagging an 18-yard catch on third-and-19 at the Wildcats’ 44-yard line to keep the drive alive. Miller slams into a wall of tacklers near the goal line and pushes into the end zone for another 5-yard TD. The 2-point pass play failed, and West leads 19-7.

8:44 — On the first play of the ensuing drive, Barker fires a 71-yard bomb to Patterson, who got behind the secondary and sped down the left sideline. Burch’s PAT cuts lead to 19-14.

:33 — After Pugh dodges and weaves for a 17-yard romp on second-and-8 at the Priceville 29, Miller rumbles in from 8 yards out. Following an incomplete 2-point pass, and West leads 25-14 after the six-play, 62-yard drive.

3rd quarter

10:07 — McCormick scores on a 7-yard run after Miller gives West good field position on a kickoff return to the Priceville 49. McCormick opens the drive with a 14-yard dash, with Blakely setting up the scoring play on second-and-6 by rolling right and finding McCormick for a 24-yard completion. The 2-point run fails, and West leads 31-14 after going 51 yards in four plays.

3:20 — Reed Blankenship’s punt return gives West the ball at the Priceville 49. After Miller converts a fourth-and-1 at the Bulldogs’ 35, he scores on third-and-4 at the 16. Tyler Mewbourn’s 2-point run increases lead to 39-14 after seven-play, 49-yard drive.

2:55 — Priceville’s Ben Patterson responds on the first play of ensuing drive with 70-yard keeper while standing in for Barker at quarterback. West blocks PAT, and Bulldogs trail 39-20.

:54 — Miller rings up 51 yards on first play of West’s four-play, 80-yard drive, as Burch tracks down Miller and makes TD-saving tackle. But Miller finds pay dirt from 20 yards out on third-and-1, and McCormick converts 2-point run to lead 47-20.

:00 — Bulldogs answer with four-play, 59-yard drive as Barker goes 3 of 4 for 50 yards, including 30-yarder to Patterson. The 2-point run fails and Priceville trims deficit to 47-26.

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