Whaley, defense power Mustangs past Panthers

As the old saying goes, if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.

After having a pair of drives stopped short of pay dirt in the first half, the Westfall Mustangs turned to senior quarterback Marcus Whaley for a trio of touchdown runs in the second half on Saturday night to record a 20-0 Scioto Valley Conference win over host Southeastern.

Whaley wasted little time in putting the Mustangs ahead early in the third quarter on a 43-yard run to the end zone. The senior then called his own number for the two-point conversion run to make it 8-0.

Later in the quarter, Whaley took a designed quarterback draw up the middle, moved to his left and then down the sideline for a 70-yard touchdown scamper. The two-point conversion toss was unsuccessful, leaving the score at 14-0 Mustangs.

Whaley added a 19-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to put icing on the season-opening win.

The Mustangs consumed 225 yards on the ground, led primarily by the legs of Whaley gaining 164 yards on 17 carries. He also completed 7 of 23 passes for 77 yards.

Luke Blackburn caught three of those passes for 29 yards and Jarrod Held had two receptions for 21 yards.

Westfall’s defense held an opponent to no points for the first time since 2012 – a 34-2 victory over Unioto where the Shermans could only muster a safety.

The Mustangs (1-0, 1-0) continue conference play next week when they host Zane Trace (1-0, 1-0), a 25-0 winner yesterday over Huntington.

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