Westbrook tops Sand Rock 31-20

Westbrook Christian’s Christopher Underwood grabs the face mask of Sand Rock’s Sean Wylie as he tries to evade the tackle during Friday night’s game in Sand Rock. (Photo by Dave Hyatt | Gadsden Times)

SAND ROCK — Westbrook Christian’s Jonathan Ford was a perfect 10 for 10 passing in the second half to help rally the Warriors to a 31-20 victory over the Sand Rock Wildcats on Friday night in Class 2A, Region 7 high school football.

Ford finished 18 of 25 for 277 yards and one touchdown. He also racked up 52 yards and two scores on the ground.

“I told my team not many people come to Sand Rock and win the second half,” Westbrook coach Tony Osborne said. “They controlled the tempo well in the first half, and we made some mistakes on defense.”

Westbrook had a slow start, running only four plays in the first quarter to Sand Rock’s 20.

Wildcats quarterback Dylan Mackey scored on a 2-yard run to give Sand Rock an early lead with 6:19 left in the first. His touchdown capped a 12-play, 74-yard drive that spanned 5:41.

Mackey was injured later in the quarter and was replaced by Chase Garrett.

Later, the Wildcats ran a reverse play to receiver Sean Wylie, who scurried his way to the Westbrook 33 and was brought down by his facemask. The penalty moved Sand Rock to the 17-yard.

On a third-and-11 on the same drive, the Sand Rock drew Westbrook offsides, and capitalized two plays later on a 2-yard run by Doug Chambers with :14.3 ramining in the first to extend the lead to 14.

Westbrook forced a Sand Rock punt with 6 minutes left in the second quarter From his 48-yard line, Ford threw 27 yards to to DeVernon Marshall setting up a 5-yard scoring run by Jake Kilgo.

The Warriors came close to tying the game with 9:10 remaining in the third, when Clay Templeton caught a 25-yard bullet from Ford for a touchdown, but the PATmissed and Westbrook trailed 14-13.

Two minutes later, Kilgo intercepted a pass from Mackey, who was injured on the play for the second time in the game. The Warriors got a 27-yard reception by Marshall, a 35-yard run by Jordan McCartney before Ford’s keeper a 5-yard keeper for a touchdown. Westbrook conversted a 2-point conversion on a faked PAT.

Westbrook scored again with 1:40 left in the third on a 4-yard run by Marshall.

On a fourth-and-15 with 10:46 remaining, Chandler Mackey caught a deflected pass — inteded for Willey — from Dylan Mackey that set up a 2-yard scoring run by Chambers that cut the Sand Rock defecit to 8.

On the ensuing drive, Westbrook drove to the Sand Rock 15, where, on third down, Ford got dropped for a 5-yard loss.

Chris Underwood’s 37-yard field goal was good.

Logan Goforth led Westbrook with 100 yards receiving on four catches.