Westmont wins thriller at Blue Devil Stadium
Written by: Billy Splain on Saturday, November 4th, 2017
Blue Devil and Hilltopper captains shake hands before battle
Camden Moors ran the ball 24 times for 121 yards at Blue Devil Stadium Friday night, but the one he’ll remember the most is the last, a two point conversion that put his Hilltoppers ahead 29-28 with just 16 seconds left in the game. “I just followed my line. This feels great!” said the junior running back. Westmont didn’t look like a team that was going to win at the beginning of the game and had an uphill battle right from the start. Bellwood jumped out to a 14-0 lead early in the first quarter thanks to a 48 yard run around the end by Ian McFarland and a 25 yard pick six from Nick Watters. With just over 3 minutes off the clock, the Hilltoppers were facing a tough climb.
McFarland 48 yard td. Bellwood up 7-0 7:56 first pic.twitter.com/G8S4U2fmUs
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McFarland 48 yard td run makes it 7-0 early
But from there Westmont took the next possession and drove to Bellwood 1 yard line, but the Blue Devil Defense came up with a big stop. on fourth down. “Not scoring there hurt, but they rallied and never gave up. We talked about it with the kids all week, nobody’s tlaking about you, nobody’s giving you any respect. You’re going to have to go beat somebody and earn it. They just kept digging and clawing, they just don’t quit.” said Barron of not getting points those important points.
They would score, however, with 49 seconds left in the first half. The Blue Devils attempt at a punt went south as the snapped ball flew about 2 feet over the punters head. Westmont recovered at the 17. Moors got his first td of the night, a 3 yard run, to make it 14-7 at the break.
Moors 1 yard td. 14-7 Bellwood w 49 seconds left in the half pic.twitter.com/pmBpUeYFfH
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As slow as most of the first half was, the second half seemed like an offensive explosion. Bellwood came out right away and just crammed the ball into the endzone on a 16 play, 7+ minute drive to open the half making it 21-7. But Westmont just kept hammering away with there double wing offense. On their next drive, Westmont RB Tucker Kushner went in from 3 yards out to make it 21-14. The Hilltopper defense then made a big play when Moors stripped the ball from the Blue Devil runner then recovered it at the Bellwood 36. Kushner then tied the game with his second 3 yard td run at 21 with 6:15 left in the game. ““We got up two scores a couple times, but (Westmont) didn’t give up, so that’s on us,” said Bellwood coach John Hayes.
Nor did his Blue Devils. Thor Schmittle ran the ball 4 times and McFarland caught two key passes to move Bellwood to the 19 with just over 2 minutes left in the game. Schmittle then busted through the Westmont defensive line for a 19 yard td. The pat made it 28-21, and the clock told everyone there were just 2 minutes and 22 seconds left in the district 6 quarterfinal.
Schmittle in for Bellwood from 19 yds out! 28-21 Blue Devils 2:22 left! pic.twitter.com/ioO0dZWpKc
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“When they scored, we told the kids on the sideline it was the best thing that could happen. Over 2 minutes left, 3 time outs is just about a lifetime” said Barron. Westmont lined up on their own 33. Quarterback Lee Santee found TE Adam Mrozowski on second down for a 21 yard screen to the 44. “Yeah, we get that big screen play there, then we get back to our normal offense” said Barron. The Hilltoppers were also aided by a 15 yard penalty to put the ball inside the 10. A mistake of their own took them back to the 18. On third and 12, Santee took off on a keeper down the sidelines to the 5. They converted the third down on a 1 yard run by Moors who, on the next play, scored from 4 yards out to make it 28-27. “We were talking about going for two in the third quarter. We gotta make our own breaks. Go for it on fourth down when we can” Barron quipped. Moors took the handoff but was forced out of bounds on the run, however, Bellwood was flagged for a facemask giving Westmont one more try. Said Barron “We got another crack at it and our offense is built for 2¢ yards, so it was a no-brainer what we were going to run there.” Moors took the ball and went straight up the gut for the win.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Westmont Hilltop 0 7 0 22 — 29
Bellwood-Antis 14 0 7 7 — 28
BA–McFarland 81 run (Schmoke kick), 8:02.
BA–Watters 25 interception return (Schmoke kick), 7:21.
WH–Moors 3 run (Kessler kick), 0:49.2
BA–Schmittle 3 run (Schmoke kick), 4:45.
WH–Kushner 1 run (Kessler kick), 11:54.
WH–Kushner 3 run (Kessler kick), 6:17.
BA–Schmittle 19 run (Schmoke kick), 2:22.
WH–Moors 1 run (Moors run), 0:16.
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