The Westwood Rockets travelled to Cannon County to take on the Lions on Sept. 17. The Rockets were coming off of a big win against Eagleville the week prior that gave them the DRVC crown. The team normally has a potent running attack orchestrated by eighth grader Jayden Carter. The Lions appeared to have a strong running game as well, but neither team had much offensive success in the Thursday night matchup.
Both teams quickly figured out the game plan of the other, attack the edges and wear out your opponent on the line of scrimmage. This led to a litany of negative yard plays for both teams. This meant that special teams would have to be the deciding factor in the matchup.
About mid-way through the first quarter this would come into play as Westwood’s punter put the Lions in danger of committing a safety. Sure enough the Lions had a bad snap that sailed over the quarterback’s head past the end zone resulting in a safety for the Rockets.
The defensive battle continued for the first half as neither team’s offense could get traction, ending the first half with a score of Westwood 2-Cannon 0.
The second half turned into a bend-but-don’t-break situation for both teams, as both offenses were able to find some success running the ball. The Lions were able to reach the 10 yard line three times during the second half and were unable to punch it into the end thanks to tenacious defense from the Rockets at the goal line.
The Rockets were not quite as effective offensively as the Lions, but the team stepped up in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter as the Rockets offense extended their drives long enough to force the Lions to burn their crucial timeouts.
This allowed the Rockets to run out the clock on route to a 2 to nothing victory.