Sporting WCA

Westminster vs Kearney Preview

The state semifinal is set with a clash between two powerhouses in Westminster and Kearney. Both teams have dominated their competition all season long, suggesting a tight battle is to come.
Kearney comes in with an offense that is averaging an impressive 46 points per game. Their balanced attack relies heavily on mobility of quarterback Logan Hink. “He’s quick,” said Westminster cornerback Nick Ebel, “he got good moves in the open field.” The outside line backers will need to keep Hink in the pocket and limit his ability to make plays. Hink also likes to take shots down the field and Drew Melaragno will be counted on to lock down Kearney’s leading receiver Jess Davis. Complementing this passing attack is running back Marcus Harris. Harris has a nice combination a speed in power, and has created problems for defenses all season long rushing for over 1400 yards and 28 total touchdowns. Hink and Harris combine to run an effective read option that the Cats will have to key in on. It won’t take long for this offense to get in scoring position either; Junior kicker Brenden Sweeney has hit from as long as 53 yards this season.
The running game will become exponentially important in the absence of explosive receiver Dylan Conway, and the line will be asked to clear a path for Steve Webb. This will mean overpowering a physical, disciplined defense lead by Navy linebacker commit Cale Garrett. Matching the physicality of and effort of the Bulldog defense will be important. If the Wildcats can win the battle in the trenches, it will create one on one match ups on the outside that Westminster’s talented receivers will be able to win. Having a success in the running game and containing Kearney quarterback Logan Hink will be key in this postseason matchup.