Westwood Middle School football returned home to Dyer-Bouldin Field on Thursday, August 29, to take on Fayetteville. An offensive surge for the Tigers in the second half put the Rockets in trouble on the way to a 32-7 defeat.
Neither team was able to get on the board for much of the first half. With 15 seconds left in the second quarter, the Tigers took a deep pass to the end zone to get on the board. A successful two-point conversion put Westwood in an 8-0 hole at the half.
The Rockets fell further behind near the start of the third quarter when Fayetteville's KJ Jackson ran 41 yards for a touchdown. Another two-point conversion put the Tigers up 16-0.
Late in the quarter, Westwood came up short on its best chance for a touchdown up to that point. The Rockets marched down the field from their own 43-yard line on runs from Izick Sierra and Jayden Carter. After Carter got the Rockets to the Tiger 3-yard line, the boys advanced to the one but were flagged on an illegal procedure.
Backed up five yards at the Fayetteville six, Sierra brought the Rockets back to within the one-yard line but they were forced to turn the ball over on downs. The Tigers scored on their next possession off a 97-yard run to the end zone to wrap up the third quarter.
After Fayetteville scored one more touchdown midway through the fourth, the Rockets were able to get on the board in the last minute of the game. Sierra and Carter once again led the Rockets down the field and Carter punched in a four-yard run to the end zone with 23 seconds on the clock. Sierra then nailed the extra kick for the game's final points.
Carter and Sierra carried a large portion of the Westwood offense. Sierra recorded 89 yards on 10 carries. Carter finished with 64 yards on 13 carries, including his four-yard touchdown run.