The Westminster Wildcats held the lead over undefeated John Burroughs for a mere 18 seconds. Kyle Kinner sailed 95 yards with the opening kickoff and with the point after, the lead was 7-0 between these two Metro Conference power house teams.
Ezekiel Elliott, notching his 24th, and 25th TDs of the season returned the favor on the first Bombers play from scrimmage. He broke down the defense and rambled 65 yards, 10 seconds later and with the extra point, the game was tied at 7.
Burroughs notched 33 unanswered points and the Bombers dominated the scoreboard for a convincing 33-7 win on the Wildcats synthetic turf. Burroughs is 6-0, Westminster falls to 4-2.
Foye Oluokun gathered in Nick Duncan’s pass for 19 yards; Christian Bledsoe caught an 11 yard TD from Duncan; Elliott rain 44 yards for his third TD of the afternoon and Jake Wood scampered 61 yards on a wide sweep play for the final score in the game.
Long distance Jake Wood:
Wood doesn’t get chances too often to score in this high octane multi-styled offfense.
“Foye (Oluokun) and Zeke (Elliott) really gave great blocks on the outside. I knew I was open by at least 15 yards,” Wood said, accounting for his scamper down the Burroughs sideline of the field: “For a guy like me, that’s my dream play.”
Our goal, even by next week is to be that well-oiled machine everyone expects us to be. Everyone has different jobs and adds different strengths and we are trying to put it all together. We are coming up against big opponents (Clayton in two weeks and Maplewood) and be that machine everyone wants us to be," said Wood.
Bledsoe liked his 11 yard catch but his primary duty is to stop runners on defense. He had an eye-popping 16 tackles, 4 assists in the game.
“Westminster is definitely a hard-hitting team. The quarterback (Brett Bond) is a great player. We tried to do our jobs and fill our gaps and do what we needed to do to win. Bledsoe played possessed on defense. He had 16 solo tackles, 4 assists and the defense blanked Westminster for 4 quarters.
“The next game coming up is what really matters,” said Bledsoe. Clayton visits the Burroughs campus Saturday, Oct. 13, kickoff at 1 p.m.
Coach weighs in:
Coach Gus Frerotte took the win in stride. “The oldest play in the game is the last play. We talk about it all the time. Out defense is solid. Our kids fought hard, a crazy game, and up and down game for our kids and we picked it up.”
Frerotte enjoyed the long run by Wood. “Yes that was great. Its good to get everyone involved in what we do. We don’t want everyone just keying on Ezekiel (Elliott).