Warriors, Patriots still ironing out the wrinkles

Westbrook (1-2, 1-1) at West End (0-3, 0-2)
Last week’s results: Fyffe 55, West End 14; Westbrook 21, Ider 16
2012 result: Westbrook 34, West End 7
Series record: West End leads 7-4

By Gene Stanley/Sports Correspondent

Two young but improving Class 2A, Region 7 football teams square off in tonight’s game in Walnut Grove.

The teams are dissimilar in style but both squads are still working on fundamentals.

“We’re still working on assignments, not making mistakes and being in the right position – stuff like that,” Westbrook coach Tony Osborne said. “We’re improving but we’re slower in some areas than in others. We’re getting there.”

Said West End coach Randy Hallmark, “When we start doing what we’re supposed to do, on both sides of the ball, we’ll see a turnaround.”

The difference could come down to confidence, as Westbrook is still on a high from beating Section, while the Patriots haven’t caught a break yet.

“West End is a good team that has caught some tough early competition,” Osborne said. “Playing that kind of schedule will get your weaknesses exposed. But it will also toughen up your players. We expect a good game out of them.”

While West End runs the Wing-T, the Warriors are a spread team that isn’t afraid to throw the ball 30 times a game.

“We’ll have to mix up our coverage, to try and keep them guessing,” Hallmark said. “They’re liable to throw it downfield on any play.

“Our best defense is to try and keep our offense on the field. If we can drive the ball a few yards at a time and use up the clock, we’ll have a chance.”

For Westbrook last week against Ider, Jake Kilgo threw for a pair of touchdowns, one to Dylan Potts and another to Chris Underwood. Randy Williams had a 75-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

For West End last week against Fyffe, Levi Weems, Chase Blanton and Caegan Epperson each scored a touchdown.
Blanton rushed 17 times for 56 yards.

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