Football: Chaps into state semifinal game
Saturday, December 8, 2012 | | 11
Nursing a seven-point lead with time winding down and Plano West in Chaparral territory Saturday, Derek Cohen’s interception instantly sent the Westlake sidelines into a frenzy and sent the Chaps to a 42-35 win and on to the state semifinal game.
Westlake had a 42-28 lead with a little more than two minutes left to play, but Wolves quarterback Travis Korry burst into the end zone and Plano West followed that up by recovering the onside kick, giving them one more chance to tie the game.
It was the second interception of the game for Cohen, who also had a pick in the first quarter as Plano West was inside the red zone, and the Chaps had four takeaways in the win as John Dodd and Tate Shaw also had interceptions in the game.
Westlake will now play Cedar Hill in the state semifinals 2 p.m. Saturday back at Waco ISD Stadium, the Chaps third game this postseason at the stadium.
“I saw him throw the ball and I cut up and went for the ball, played chance and luckily, we came away with a win,” Cohen said. “We’re doing a fantastic job but I just want to talk about our offense. They helped us this game. We’ve been helping them out and they helped us now – we really needed it.”
A week after the defense carried the Chaps to a playoff win the offense came out and set a tone early, scoring on its first drive. After Plano West tied it 7-7, Westlake scored again and the Wolves never tied it again and never held a lead.
Keith Carter, Alex Chavez and Chris Canter worked over the Plano West defense but the push up front was the big story for Westlake as the offensive line played outstanding.
Carter had three scores and ran for 47 yards, Chavez had two touchdowns and 45 yards while Canter ran for 49 yards and had two catches for 55 yards.
Jordan Severt had time to operate as well, going 16-for-19 for 227 yards and a touchdown to a diving Patrick Elliott in the end zone that put Westlake up 21-7 in the second quarter.
“Our offensive line was the story of the game,” Westlake coach Darren Allman said. “It was a day where the defense had to keep fighting and find ways to make plays at the right time, which they did, but the game was won up front with our line and our ability to run the ball, control the clock, make first downs, keep their offense off the field and limit their possessions just enough for us to get out of here with a win.”
Brandon Box led the team with six catches for 96 yards, Elliott had 49 yards on five grabs and Sean Rollings added five carries for 29 yards and two catches for 28 yards.
“We knew they had a potent offense and we were going to have to match them, and I thought we came out and were pretty sharp,” Severt said. “I think that was huge to get the ball in five or six different playmakers hands. We got the ball in a lot of guys’ hands.”
Korry threw four interceptions for Plano West and was just 7-of-21 for 125 yards while running for 93 yards.
Auston Anderson had 169 yards rushing and Sotonye Jamabo added 67 yards on the ground, but again the opportunistic Chaps’ defense did its job and Westlake advances on, one win away from the state title game.
1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q F
WL 14 14 7 7 42
PW 7 14 0 14 35
WL – Keith Carter 3 run (Michael Barden kick)
PW – Auston Anderson 25 run (Zakk Myer kick)
WL – Carter 1 run (Barden kick)
WL – Patrick Elliott 16 pass from Jordan Severt (Barden kick)
PW – Travis Korry 8 run (Myer kick)
WL – Alex Chavez 4 run (Barden kick)
PW – Korry 6 run (Myer kick)
WL – Carter 2 run (Barden kick)
PW – Korry 9 run (Myer kick)
WL – Chavez 4 run (Barden kick)
PW – Korry 25 run (Myer kick)
RUSHING: Plano West 51-334; Westlake 41-189
PASSING: Plano West 7-21-125 0-4; Westlake 16-19-227 1-0
FIRST DOWNS: Plano West 25; Westlake 23
PENALTIES: Plano West 4-40; Westlake 8-62
FUMBLES/LOST: Plano West 1/0; Westlake 2/1
PUNTS: Plano West 2-40.5; 2-41
RUSHING: Plano West: Auston Anderson 18-169, Sotonye Jamabo 13-67, Travis Korry 18-93, Nick Casten 1-11, Austin Copeland 1-5; Westlake: Keith Carter 14-41, Alex Chavez 9-45, Chris Canter 3-49, Sean Rollings 7-39, Jordan Severt 8-19
PASSING: Plano West: Travis Korry 7-21-125 0-4; Westlake: Jordan Severt 17-20-249 1-0
RECEIVING: Plano West: Connor Doyle 4-94, Austin Copeland 1-10, Zac Gideo 1-10, Sotonye Jamabo 1-11; Westlake: Brandon Box 6-97, Patrick Elliott 5-51, Chris Canter 3-57, Sean Rollings 2-33, Josh Latham 1-11
TOTAL TACKLES: Jack Meredith 8, Carsten Hood 8, Alec Cohen 8, Michael Edwards 8, Derek Cohen 5, Brandon Irick 5, Hudson Hall 5, John Dodd 4, Breckyn Hager 4, Luke Womack 4, Jacob Mansour 3, Tate Shaw 3, Gabe Duran 2, Justin Miller 2, Anthony Patino 2, Bennett Huddleston 1
PRESSURES: Brandon Irick 2, Anthony Patino 2, Luke Womack 2, Jacob Mansour 1, Carsten Hood 1
SACKS: Alec Cohen 1, Brandon Irick 0.5, Michael Edwards 0.5
INTERCEPTIONS: Derek Cohen 2, John Dodd 1, Tate Shaw 1
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