Albany High's Trawick Kennedy (21) tries to shake off the tackle of Westover's Anthony Morgan (24) Saturday night at Hugh Mills Stadium. (Staff Photo: Tim Morse)
ALBANY — The Region 1-AAAA title was secure.
The top seed and a home playoff game was also in hand.
With a week left before the state playoffs begin, there was nothing to play for.
However, don’t tell that to Westover, who accomplished its biggest goal of the regular season — city champions.
The Patriots scored 24 first half points and downed rival Albany High 37-14 Saturday night at Hugh Mills Stadium.
After an early 29-yard goal from Tanner Stumpe to make it 3-0 in the first quarter, the Patriots rolled up three scores in the second quarter and turned the rivalry game into a rout.
“That’s what we play for — city championship first, region champions then state champions,” Westover coach Octavia Jones said. “Our guys did a good job.”
Quarterback Ta’Keevian Harris helped account for three second quarter touchdowns, scoring on runs of 22 and 1 and fired a 32-yard touchdown pass to Jaquri Shingles. The Patriots scored three touchdowns in less than a six minute span.
“We knew it was important to get off to a fast start and then get some of our starters out so we could rest them for the playoffs,” Jones said. “We’re glad to get the W.”
If there was any doubt, Harris hit Tracy Brown on a 14-yard touchdown strike to make it 31-0 late in the third quarter, then when the quarter ended, Anthony Morgan turned a short pass into a 55-yard score.
It was night where everything went right for the Patriots (8-2), who won their seventh straight game after clinching the Region 1-AAAA title last week. Westover will play host to Liberty County in the first round of the state playoffs Friday night at Hugh Mills Stadium.
Albany (2-8) never could get anything going offensively after their opening drive stalled when the Indians lost a fumble at the Westover 15. However, their defense helped them avoid a potential shutout when Cortez Robinson returned an interception 30 yards for a score with 6:46 left in the game.
Then following a Westover fumble at its own 4, Juwon Young scored on a 2-yard plunge.