Piketon dodges Westfall upset bid

Piketon scored what turned out to be the game-winning touchdown midway through the third quarter on Friday to edge visiting Westfall 36-32 in a Scioto Valley Conference game.

The night started promising for the Mustangs, who sprinted out to a 14-0 lead after a quarter of play.Joey Wright capped a seven-play, 48-yard drive with a four-yard touchdown run to give the Mustangs a 6-0 lead.

Westfall scored again on its third possession of the evening.

A 36-yard pass from Bryce Wickline to Trent Walters set up a 15-yard touchdown strike from Wickline to Casey Cline two plays later. Wickline then completed a two-point conversion toss to Isaiah Browning to make it 14-0.

Westfall’s Casey Cline made eight receptions for 139 yards and two touchdowns, and also had two interceptions against Piketon on Friday in a Scioto Valley Conference game. File photo by garysimages.com.

Piketon reached the scoreboard on a six-yard run by Caleb Osbourne, followed by a two-point conversion run courtesy of Alan Austin, with 32 seconds off the scoreboard in the second quarter.

Westfall responded with a 10-play, 59-yard drive. A 26-yard pass from Wickline to Cline set-up a three-yard quarterback draw by Wickline on the following play to give the Mustangs a 20-8 lead.

Piketon countered with a seven-yard touchdown run by Luke Gullion and a one-yard touchdown run from Austin to take a 22-20 lead.

Westfall regained the lead on its next possession with a 45-yard touchdown pass from Wickline to Brydan Gall to go back ahead 26-22.

Piketon took a 28-26 lead into halftime on a three-yard touchdown run by Buddy Wilson with just 16 seconds left on the clock.

Westfall took what turned out to be its last lead when Wickline capped its opening possession of the second half with a 35-yard touchdown pass to Cline.

Jayden Thacker countered for the Redstreaks by scoring from a yard out, with Austin running in the two-point conversion to stake Piketon to a 36-32 lead.

The Mustangs drove down to the Piketon 34-yard line, where they faced a fourth-and-three with nine seconds left, but an incomplete pass turned the ball over on down to the Redstreaks.

Westfall actually outgained Piketon 421-380 and came away with four takeaways while committing none.

Wickline was 24 of 35 passing for 353 yards and three touchdowns. Cline had eight receptions for 139 yards and a pair of touchdowns, Walters made eight grabs for 103 yards and Jaden Towler added seven receptions for 66 yards.

Cline had two interceptions for the Mustangs and Michael Harwood also had an interception.

The Mustangs (2-7, 1-5) close the season next week when they host Unioto (8-1, 5-1), which blasted Southeastern 56-7 last night.

Piketon (5-4, 4-3) hosts Huntington (5-4, 4-3) next week, which is coming off a 36-7 win over Adena.

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