Bearcats use big second quarter to beat Mustangs

When a proud program gets humbled on the gridiron, you typically don’t want to be the next opponent on the schedule.

That was the case for the Westfall Mustangs on Friday, as visiting Paint Valley erupted for 29 second-quarter points to take control of an eventual 59-25 Scioto Valley Conference victory.

Paint Valley (2-2, 1-0) was coming off a 48-0 drubbing the previous week against Washington Court House, expected to contend for the Frontier Athletic Conference championship in perhaps the top conference in southeast Ohio this season.

Westfall (1-3, 0-1), which itself is building the foundation to revitalize its proud football program, played an even opening quarter against Paint Valley.

The Bearcats took a 6-0 lead on a six-yard touchdown run from Braylon Robertson.

Casey Cline intercepted a pass to give the Mustangs a short field on their own 42-yard line that they eventually converted when Cade Hall took a forward pitch from Bryce Wickline and scored from 14 yards out to tie the game.

Westfall’s Bryce Wickline passed for a touchdown and rushed for three more on Friday against Paint Valley. View a photo gallery of the Scioto Valley Conference opener for the Bearcats and Mustangs.

A pair of turnovers helped open the door for the Bearcats to score three rushing touchdowns, two from Dom Chambers and the other courtesy of Braylon Robertson to seize a 28-6 lead.

Westfall continued to battle when Wickline made it a 28-12 game with a one-yard plunge over the goal line. Wickline added another touchdown run, this time from four yards out later in the quarter, to answer a 28-yard touchdown run by Chambers.

Paint Valley took a 35-18 lead into halftime.

Wickline added the final touchdown of the night for the Mustangs on a quarterback keeper from 64 yards out, but the third quarter ended with the Bearcats holding a 53-25 lead.

Chambers and Robertson averaged a first down every time they touched the football for the Bearcats. Chambers used 18 carries to gain 187 yards and score three times and Robertson consumed 112 yards on just 10 touches and also scored three times.

Quarterback Cavan Cooper was 8 of 10 passing for 124 yards and a pair of scores.

Wickline went 15 of 20 passing for the Mustangs for 132 yards and a touchdown and added 55 yards rushing and three more scores. Trent Walters had six receptions for 66 yards and Cline made three grabs for 25 yards.

The Mustangs travel to Southeastern (1-3, 0-1) next week, while the Bearcats return home to face Adena (2-2, 1-0).

Cade Hall scored a touchdown on Friday for Westfall. Photos courtesy of

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