By Jeffery Armstrong
This just in: the Westside-Macon Seminoles football team is very good.
The Seminoles dominated the Eagle's Landing Golden Eagles in every phase of the game, drubbing the Eagles 49-0 Friday night, spoiling the Eagles' homecoming game.
Westside senior running backs Travis Evans and Wanza Williams rushed for a combined 338 yards and they scored all seven touchdowns for the Seminoles, who improve to 4-2, 4-1 in Region 2-AAAAA play. The Seminole defense held Eagle's Landing (1-4, 1-3) to minus-yardage and one first down in the first half.
For the game, Westside outgained Eagle's Landing 370-102.
The Seminoles scored on their first seven possessions, six TDs in the first half and one TD on the first drive of the second half. The Seminole offensive line was too powerful for the Eagles, opening huge holes for speedy backs Evans and Williams.
Evans, who finished with 163 yards rushing on 15 carries, scored the first four TDs on runs of 3, 5, 10 and 15 yards. Williams (14 carries for 175 yards) scored the next three TDs on runs of 14, 4 and 12 yards. When their offensive line wasn't opening holes, both seniors made nice moves and used their strength and speed to break for long runs.
"I have to credit the offensive line they do a great job," said Evans. "I've also spent extra time in the weight room in the summer so I can bounce off tackles."
"Once the o-line gets in a groove and Travis and I get in the zone, we're a pretty good team," said Williams. "We've been lifting weights during the season as well so I'm sure that has helped us."
The Seminole defense surely has been lifting because they were strong all night. Eagle's Landing couldn't move the ball at all on their defense the Eagles didn't get a first down until a little over two minutes left in the second quarter. The Seminoles were a step quicker to the ball every time the Eagles had the ball.
The only thing the Seminoles did wrong was rack up 10 penalties for 80 yards in the contest.
Eagle's Landing did manage a drive in the fourth quarter and they tried to score, but Eagles kicker Evan Kay missed a 40-yard field goal.
"I'm disappointed that we didn't score, but I'm glad the kids kept on trying and didn't splinter as a team," said Eagle's Landing head coach Bob Stinchcomb. "We also got to play some younger kids tonight."