Mason Worsham has his defending state champion Wildcats off to a 3-0 start after Friday's 43-0 rout of Sherwood.
ALBANY -- The Westwood Wildcats entered Friday's game having already surpassed 100 points on the season, while the Sherwood Christian Eagles entered the game having allowed more than 100 points on the season.
If the Eagles were going to pull off a week 3 shocker, they would have to do it minus the services of starters Mack Green and Brett Shepard.
For star quarterback Mason Worsham and the Wildcats, it was business as usual. Worsham's four touchdown passes were more than enough to lead Westwood (3-0) to a blowout win over Sherwood (0-3), 43-0.
The win bumped up Westwood's win streak to 16 games dating back to last season.
"We have gotten to the point where we expect to win, we're not just hoping to win," Westwood head coach Ross Worsham said. "We are trying to get a little better every week. That is our motto, and that is what we try to do."
Green suited up for the Eagles but saw minimal action. Shepard, who suffered a concussion last week, watched from the sidelines in street clothes.
"The toughest thing for us is that we didn't have a quarterback," Sherwood head coach Otis Covington said. "We had to go to two guys who don't play that position, and offensively that hurt us."
Rashard Davis and Aaron Anthony alternated series for the Eagles, who failed to put any scoring drives together despite a respectable start. Much to the surprise of Westwood, Sherwood opened the game running the ball effectively and controlled the tempo of the first quarter.
"In two games they have thrown the ball 74 percent of the time, so we prepared for them to throw the ball a lot more than run it," Ross Worsham said. "But even though they moved the ball, they did not score. I don't know why they got away from the run because they were having success with it."
A slew of mistakes and miscues from some inexperienced players negated virtually all of the Eagles' success. They ended the first half with only 44 total yards.
"They started to make some adjustments with their safeties and linebackers, and they were playing downhill a little faster," Covington explained. "We wanted to go to the air and try to take advantage of some one-on-one matchups, but we weren't able to connect."
Backed up deep in their own territory, the Eagles attempted to punt the ball away to begin the second quarter. But an errant snap caused the ball to sail over the head of Zach Kennedy and the Wildcats were on the board with a safety.
About a minute later, Worsham hooked up with Caleb Morrell on a fade route from 31 yards out for the game's first touchdown. After the Eagles surrendered another safety, Worsham rolled out right and found Douglas Nobles in the corner of the end zone, placing the ball where only his man could get it.
"I have a really good line and they always provide really good protection for me," said Worsham, who went 9-for-13 with 138 passing yards. "Our backs opened up the running game, which led to a good passing game."
Westwood's JT Edore finished with 74 yards on eight carries, and Daniel Hays rushed the ball five times for 25 yards. Worsham contributed 38 yards on the ground.
With two minutes to go in the half, Westwood converted a fourth-and-seventh play with running back Edore going up the middle for eight yards. The following play, Hays caught a 27-yard touchdown from Worsham, who sold the stop-and-go route with a beautiful pump fake.
Worsham's last touchdown pass went to Nobles for 12 yards in the third quarter.
"The best thing is winning, getting another W on the schedule," Worsham said. "We have a motto to never settle, and we just take it one game at a time."
While the Eagles hope to get healthy in a hurry, Covington said the team continues to improve each week, and his players remained enthused about getting better as a team.