by JOHN HOWLEY / sportingpumpkin.com
GERMANTOWN — Westfall saw a little light at the beginning of the game, but Valley View showed why it was the No. 1 seed as the Spartans ended the Mustangs’ season 55-7 Friday night.
The 10-1 Spartans scored on their opening drive Friday and Westfall came back with a quick three-play drive that saw Bryce Wickline connect with Trent Walters who outraced the defense for a 58-yard touchdown.
Then the Westfall defense got a stop.
But, after that, Valley View used its speed and size to keep the Mustangs under control.
“I thought we’d be able to score early in the game,” Westfall coach Logan Stepp said. “I knew they have a great coaching staff and knew they would adjust. Once they adjusted, it was really hard to score.”
And Stepp said the Spartans ran some things Westfall hadn’t seen in the scout tapes.
“We prepared the best we possibly could. I think our team was ready to play the game,” he said. “They’re just a good football team that is very physical and fast.”
Valley View led 14-7 after the first quarter and 28-7 at the half.
The Spartans were doing most of their damage on the ground as they ran for 299 yards in the first half, with 117 coming from Micah Valenti. (He finished the night with 146 while the team ran for 432 yards.)
“We’re a good football team and that’s a really good football team,” Stepp said.
Westfall started the second half with the ball, picked up a first down but had to punt.
The Mustangs got the ball back right away when Walters leapt up to snag an interception on Valley View’s first play.
Though the excitement from interception was short-lived.
Needing to make something happen to get back in the game, the Mustangs went for it on fourth down near midfield, but Valley View’s Bryce Reed stepped in front of the pass and returned the interception 51 yards for a 35-7 advantage.
Westfall then gave the ball back to the Spartans on downs and with a short field. Valley View scored with 5:03 left in the third to make it 42-7 and institute the running clock.
Wickline threw for 116 yards Friday which took the senior over 2,500 for the season. Walters was the leading receiver with 84 yards to take the senior to 893 for the year to go with 13 touchdowns.
Sophomore Joey Wright was the leading rusher with 46 yards.
Despite the way the season concluded, it was a significant year for the Mustangs and their second-year coach.
“It’s been a blessing to coach these dudes. I think a lot of it is those seniors,” Stepp said. “They stuck it out for four years and I don’t know how many kids do that. You go 0-10, 1-9, you have 19 kids on your team, you take a chance with a brand-new coach and go 2-8 and you stick it out.
“Every single week we’ve played, we’ve gotten better. We actually got better tonight. Not in the football realm of things, but just seeing what it looks like — what a good football team looks like, what a physical football team looks like. We don’t see that in our conference. That’s a new level of football and it’s good for us to see.
“We continue to get better and we’re going to continue to get better.”
Westfall concludes the year with a 6-5 record — the first winning season since 2012.
The Spartans will be home again next week taking on No. 8 Bethel-Tate, a 35-20 winner over No. 9 Blanchester.
Valley View 55, Westfall 7
By Quarters 1 2 3 4 F
Westfall 7 0 0 0 7
Valley View 14 14 14 13 55
VV — Micah Valenti 5 run (Brayden Bell kick), 9:04.
WF — Trent Walters 58 pass from Bryce Wickline (Carson Deskins kick), 7:54.
VV — Caden Henson 29 run (Brayden Bell kick), 0:27.
VV — Caleb Musgrove 11 run (Brayden Bell kick), 7:56.
VV — Caleb Musgrove 5 pass from Caden Henson (Brayden Bell kick), 0:45.
VV — Bryce Reed 51 interception return (Brayden Bell kick), 9:33.
VV — Jed Lynch 10 pass from Caden Henson (Brayden Bell kick), 5:03.
VV — Micah Valenti 1 run (pass failed), 11:29.
VV — Gavin Phillips 8 run (Carson Kinder kick), 7:12.
First downs 10 27
Rushing yards 31-52 45-432
Passing yards 116 66
Comp.-Att.-Int 10-18-2 10-16-1
Total yards 168 498
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 2-0
Penalties-Yards 4-16 8-50
RUSHING – Westfall — Joey Wright 14-46, Bryce Wickline 15-2, Cade Hall 2-4. Valley View — Jed Lynch 8-80, Cade Henson 8-79, Micah Valenti 15-146, Caleb Musgrove 6-50, Tristan Smith 2-48, Gavin Phillips 1-8, Brody Gibbs 4-12, Wyatt Burkett 1-9.
PASSING – Westfall — Bryce Wickline 10-17-2-116, Trent Walters 0-1-0-0. Valley View — Caden Henson 10-16-1-66.
RECEIVING – Westfall — Joey Wright 2-28, Trent Walters 6-84, Cade Hall 2-4. Valley View — Micah Valenti 3-12, Caleb Musgrove 3-23, Jed Lynch 3-24, Tristan Smith 1-7.