By Jorge Ramos
Special to MyNewsMesa.com
Westwood was in control of the game from the first kickoff and never looked back.
The Warriors defeated the Maryvale Panthers in a 6A non-conference away match-up, 35-0 on Friday.
Westwood, which last week fell to Perry 67-21, was looking to rebound from such a demoralizing loss.
Bounce back it did as the Warriors rushed for 376 yards and had a total of 15 first down.
Westwood leading rusher was junior running back Derrick Horne, who rushed for 216 yards and had two touchdowns.
“I don’t know? I just thought run hard and contribute to my team, that’s all I was thinking,” Horne said.
Horne said that his offensive line was the reason for his performance and are vital to his success every night.
“They’re everything to me, I mean I wouldn’t be what I am without them,” Horne said.
It was not just the ground game that was firing on all cylinders for the Warriors, but the defense put on an equally as impressive performance as the unit forced three turnovers, including a fumble recovery for a touchdown.
The Maryvale offense was unable to find any rhythm with a constant and relentless pass rush from Westwood. The Warriors sacked Maryvale senior quarterback Jose Diaz three times and flushed him out of the pocket on nearly every possession.
Westwood coach Kyle Ide said he was more interested in the effort his team displayed rather than the score.
“We don’t worry about the score, we are trying to run every play successfully,” Ide said. “We tried to bounce back. We talked about winning each play and not worry about anything else.”
However, both teams were hampered by penalties all night long as both teams had a combined 88 total penalty yards in just the first half alone.
Westwood senior quarterback Carter Layton explained after the game that his team needs to be disciplined in order to minimize the penalties.
“It was a mess tonight. We definitely need to work on that at practice,” Layton said.
Other notable performances from Westwood included junior running back Anthony William-Cyrus, who scored a 2-yard rushing touchdown along with 46 total rush yards in the fourth quarter alone. Layton also added a 6-yard rushing touchdown to open the game up.
Westwood junior wide receiver Manny Collier suffered a leg injury in the second quarter and did not return.
– Jorge Ramos is a sports journalism student at Arizona State University.
Westwood 35, Maryvale 0
WW— 7 7 14 7 —35
MV — 0 0 0 0 — 0
WW — Layton 6 run (Collier Kick)
WW — Horne 4 run (Collier Kick)
WW — Horne 3 run (Gonzalez Kick)
WW — Willis fumble rec. (Gonzalez Kick)
WW — William-Cyrus 3 run (Gonzalez Kick)