Sporting WCA

Cats Dominate Burroughs 51-20, improve to 2-2

The Wildcats stomped John Burroughs by a score of 51-20 Saturday afternoon to improve to 2-2 on the season.

The Cats put together their most impressive performance to date even without star running back Atlin Hall. Hall’s absence was a major point of worry for the Cats leading up to the game, especially facing a Burroughs squad with Tyler Foote and Jake Bain who lead the team to a State Championship as sophomores. After all, WCA had a 17-15 lead over Lutheran North last week until Hall went down with a leg injury, allowing North to score 44 unanswered points. But this week, the Junior back’s absence allowed Westminster’s other stars, especially the youth, to shine.

The Cats got on the scoreboard first with a screen pass to Junior, Jerram Adams in the first quarter. Adams broke several tackles and even ran over Indiana State commit Jake Bain in the process. The momentum however was short lived, as Bain took back the kickoff for a 90 yard special teams score. From there it was all Westminster. On their next drive, Westminster got a glimpse at the future of their program, freshman Denver Parker cut through the line and outran everybody else on the field and recorded a 61 yard touchdown. A very impressive run, especially from a frosh.

The Wildcat’s next drive started out on their own half yard line after a perfect punt from Burroughs. The next three plays came from Atlin Hall, his only carries of the game. Hall was able to get the Cats out of the shadow of their own goal post on three carries, before Chad Briden found his fellow senior Lee Alldredge on an 88 yard touchdown pass off of a fake screen. Alldredge broke free thanks to a little bit of trickery from Head Coach Keith Herring. Jerram Adams jumped up and down calling for Briden to throw the screen, drawing in the defense which allowed Alldredge to end up all alone downfield.

The scores continued to pour on from there as the Wildcats could do no wrong. Zach Braiser scored on a 2 yard run to give the Cats a 28-7 lead at halftime. The first drive of the second half led to a very impressive 41 yard field goal from Junior kicker Andrew Kempen. Denver Parker broke free again late in the third quarter with a 27 yard touchdown run. Then an interception from Sophomore Lane Davis allowed WCA to add another third quarter score on Lee Alldredge’s second touchdown catch of the day, this time for 13 yards. L.B Battle ended the Westminster scoring, and his own amazing day (37 carries for 178 yards) on a 2 yard touchdown, and the 51st point of the day for the Cats.

The future of Westminster football looks to be a very bright one. Denver Parker picked up 107 yards and 2 TD’s on just 7 carries. Lane Davis recorded 7 tackles, an interception, and a fumble recovery on the defensive side of the ball. While his classmate Ben Straub added on another 6 tackles, as well as 30 receiving yards.

“We had a lot of going guys step up. Denver and Ben had a few big runs and Lane made a couple huge plays on defense. The future of Westminster football is very bright. But we are focused on winning right now.” said Senior captain Chad Briden.

The Seniors also looked very strong on Saturday. Briden himself looked fantastic, completing 8 of 11 passes for 170 yards and 3 touchdowns. Alldredge was able to find the endzone on more than one occasion and L.B Battle put together a monster game as Hall’s replacement.

“L.B was a workhorse yesterday. He kept pounding and pounding the ball with great success. Lee played a great game and was a huge target receiving.” said Briden, who refused to comment on his own success.

Westminster will really be tested the next couple weeks with a tough game at home next weekend against Lutheran South and star running back Cory Schrader. Come out and support the Cats as they look to move above .500.