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2018-10-11 / Sports

Indian gridders pitch Homecoming shutout

West Seneca West’s football team took to the air to take Niagara Wheatfield out of contention early on in Friday’s Homecoming Game victory, scoring its first three touchdowns of the game via passes to dominate the Falcons, 42-0.

It was the Indians’ fourth shutout of the season. West has surrendered just 22 points through the first six games of the year, which is the best across all divisions in Western New York.

“Their key player, Jordan Parks, is a chore to bring down for sure, so not only were we happy with our defensive performance, but we were really pleased with how our special teams units played too in keeping them completely off the board,” coach Mike Vastola said. “We were happy to get off to a great start and to execute a lot of the things we wanted to early and often. And even the plays we didn’t get going, we were just barely missing on them. You’ve got to have a lot of things go your way to get a shutout.”

West, which kept the Falcons out of its red zone on their first possession, made sure to waste no time in establishing its dominance as Maurice Robertson connected with Jacob Cooper on a 72-yard strike that would result in the Indians taking a 7-0 lead. That advantage would move to 14-0 before the end of the frame when Robertson and Bryan Ball connected for their first of two consecutive touchdown strikes, this time from 19 yards out.

The pair also produced a 6-yard touchdown connection early in the second quarter that boosted the Indians’ advantage to 21-0.

“We liked certain looks against the coverage they played, and things worked out exactly how we drew it up early on,” Vastola said. “We took advantage of some of their weaknesses in coverage, and guys made plays when they presented themselves.”

West closed out its first-half effort with a 6-yard scoring run by Robertson, with Robertson adding a second rushing touchdown in the third quarter, this time West Seneca West’s Jacob Cooper sprints up the field 72 yards for the Indians’ first score of their 42-0 drubbing of Niagara-Wheatfield in Friday’s Homecoming Game. Photo by Chuck Skipper West Seneca West’s Jacob Cooper sprints up the field 72 yards for the Indians’ first score of their 42-0 drubbing of Niagara-Wheatfield in Friday’s Homecoming Game. Photo by Chuck Skipper from 8 yards out, to increase the Indians’ advantage to 35-0 heading into the final stanza.

John Speyer closed out the game’s scoring with his 2-yard run in the final stanza.

Robertson finished the game 8-of-14 for 228 yards through the air and added 45 yards on five carries. Speyer led the ground attack with 64 yards on 10 carries, with Ball adding 23 yards on four carries to go along with his pair of catches. Juston Johnson gained 93 yards on his catches, while Kyle Haettich chipped in with 36 yards on two catches.

Defensively, Haettich finished with 11 total tackles (five solo) and an interception, while Mike Glinski chipped in with 10 total tackles (three solo). Josh Wilson finished with four total tackles, two sacks and an interception, while Nico Lowman (eight total tackles, one sack), Trevor Stoddard (seven total tackles, one sack) and Johnson (two total tackles) each had an interception. Liam Scheuer pitched in with six assisted tackles and a fumble recovery.

Friday’s win clinched the overall top seed for the Class A Federation playoffs for West, which means that the Indians will begin their quest to defend their Section VI and state titles against eighth-seeded Jamestown at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19.

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