Westwood’s Mason Worsham rushed for two scores Friday night against Terrell Academy, and also threw for another. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
CAMILLA -- It seemed like it was one of those nights -- one of those Murphy's Law nights when everything that could go wrong did go wrong for Westwood.
There was a holding call on the first play from scrimmage, backing the Wildcats up to their own 5-yard line.
Then there were the fumbles, not one, not two but three lost fumbles in the first 13 minutes of the game, including one in the end zone.
Then came the avalanche.
And just like that it was 27-0 at halftime, and Westwood was rolling and on its way to a 54-7 win against Terrell Academy.
How did it happen?
"They're a good football team,'' Terrell Academy coach Bill Murdock said. "They're talented and well coached. That's the reason they've won 23 in a row and are probably going to win another state title.''
The numbers don't even sound right -- 23 in a row. But that's right -- right as can be.
And that 47-point clubbing Friday night in Centennial Stadium wasn't against the little sisters of the poor. That was Terrell Academy's Eagles, who drove over to Camilla with an unbeaten 4-0 record in GISA Region 2-A, and drove back to Dawson wondering what hit them.
That's how good the Wildcats have been. They're perfect at 10-0 -- or 11-0 if you count Friday's win against Murphy's Law.
When everything went wrong, they went right.
"It's the personality of this team,'' Westwood coach Ross Worsham said. "We had some adversity in the first quarter, but our kids didn't panic. They have so much confidence -- not cockiness, but confidence -- that they believe they can overcome whatever type of adversity we face.''
That's exactly what happened in the first quarter Friday.
"They didn't panic. They responded well,'' Worsham said. "We just keep on keeping on.''
And on and on and on ...
It's been a while. You have to go back to 2009 to find a blemish on Westwood's schedule. The Wildcats went 13-0 and won the GISA Class A state title last year, and in August talked about going 26-0 and doing it again.
They're now three wins away.
And someone will have to beat them in Camilla. They finished the regular-season perfect with the Region 2-A title and a bye week before starting the playoffs, where they've earned homefield advantage for all three playoff games. The state title doesn't just run through Camilla, someone will have to stop there to take it away from Worsham's kids.
"That's huge being at home in the playoffs,'' said Worsham's oldest son Mason, who has been a factor in all 23 wins, and was huge factor Friday. He scored ion an 82-yard run to get Westwood on the board with 3:25 left in the first, darting up the left sideline for about 80 yards of it. Then he scored on the same play -- a quarterback counter -- going down the right sideline for 78 yards with 4:10 left in the half.
Like a bad golfer, he saw the whole course -- or in this case both sides of the field on the two runs. He finished with 161 yards on just four carries. Worsham threw the ball only eight times all night, but completed seven of them (the other pass hit the receiver in the hands but was dropped) for 139 yards, including a 50-yard catch-and-run by Mitch Good, who scored with 1:00 left in the half.
Mason's brother Chason Worsham, a freshman, scored on a 58-yard run and finished with 81 yards on just five carries. Daniel Hays scored on a 37-yard run, and sophomore backup QB Ralph Collins scored on a 50-yard run as Westwood had six scoring play that were 37 yards or longer, including five of 50 yards or more.
J.T. Edore, a sophomore, scored on a 28-yard highlight film run that had more zigs than zags and looked like he was dancing through a labyrinth, and he also scored on a simple 1-yard run.
TAE got on the board with 5:15 left in the game when Chris Rogers hit Logan Maxwell with a 30-yard TD pass.
"We'll be OK. We lost a football game. Nobody got hurt,'' Murdock said of his team. "We've got a big game next week against Randolph Southern, our rival. We've got to get over this game.''
Terrell will open the playoffs as the No. 2 seed at home in two weeks and could see Westwood in the state final.
"That's what we're playing for,'' Murdock said. "I'd like another shot.''
Meanwhile, Westwood will roll into the playoffs.
"We're 23-0,'' Worsham said. "Who'd a thunk it? We've got it rolling. I don't know how long it will last, but we want to keep it going. We've stayed hungry.''