Patriots head back to the drawing board


Cleveland (1-1, 0-1) at West End (0-2, 0-1)

Last week: Collinsville 34, West End 3; Fyffe 54, Cleveland 28

Last meeting: Cleveland 49, West End 8 (2013)

Series record: West End leads 15-7

By Gene Stanley/Sports Correspondent

West End High has gone back to the basics in search of a win.

The Patriots are in the midst of a 13-game losing streak that stretches back to the 2012 season.

“We had to regroup a little this week,” coach Kyle Davis said. “We were disappointed in the effort. There certainly wasn’t as much effort put out as in the first week (a 28-27 loss to Susan Moore).”

This week, West End has been practicing the basics of the game in blocking and tackling in efforts to make plays.

“I hope this works to make us better this week,” Davis said. 

The Patriots are playing a team that is led by one of the best quarterbacks around – Peyton Gilliland, son of coach Gardner Gilliland.

“If we can contain him and keep him in the pocket, we’ve got a chance,” Davis said. “That’s the key to beating them, I think. But they’re big upfront and well-coached. All of that puts them in a good position to win.”

Against Collinsville, Hunter Grant rushed for 52 yards on 12 carries, while Jordan Malin finshed wth 65 yards on seven attempts. 

Grant completed 3-of-10 passes for 50 yards. 

Tyler Moody had 14 tackles, followed by Tris-tan Garmony with 10 and Brett McCurry with eight. 

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