After a two week hiatus, the Senators were back on the gridiron. Given the uncertainty of the times, West Washington elected to move up senior night, traditionally held on the last home game of the regular season.
For West Washington’s 12 seniors, it was a night to remember. Parker Green, Holden Bowsman, Bobby Stevens, Glen Rankin, Victor Young, Jacob Strange, Andrew Lewis, Bryce Brown, Landon Pearson, Jerren Roll, Charles Madden, and Mike Leach made sure of that, beating the Mitchell Bluejackets 47-14.
“The line of scrimmage was the difference in the game,” said offensive coordinator Duane Nance. “Offensively we set the tone up front, opening up holes for (Lee) Mcpheeters, Bobby (Stevens), and Holden (Bowsman).”
And run they did, as all three went over a 100 yards on the ground respectively.
After Brown recovered an onside attempt to start the game, McPheeters took the opening handoff 52 yards to the north endzone to start the game.
After a Bluejacket drive stalled in the red zone, the Senators struck again, flipping the field with a 40 yard run by McPheeters and hitting paydirt with a 5 yard run by Bowsman.
After the Senator defense forced a quick 3 and out, Stevens got in on the action taking 2 carries for 80 yard and a touchdown, breaking several tackles en route to the endzone.
To end the quarter, McPheeters made a huge tackle for a loss on 4th down to get the ball back for the Senators.
The second quarter saw Bowsman tack on a 10 yard touchdown scamper. The Bluejackets then controlled the ball for the last 8 minutes of the quarter before getting on the scoreboard to make it 27-6 at halftime.
The Senators went on to control the second half, forcing two turnovers and adding a 10 yard touchdown run by McPheeters and 2 more scoring runs on option keepers by Bowsman before Mitchell scored the last touchdown of the game.
The Senators were also able to go 3 of 4 kicking PAT’s with their all freshmen circuit of Ian Rosenbaum (kicker), Jackson Cambron (holder), and Clark Nance (long snapper).
“We are excited about these guys being together for the next 4 years,” said special teams coordinator Patrick Burks. “They spend the first part of practice together working on their circuit every day.”
The Senators (2-0 overall, 1-0 in the PLAC) will travel to Springs Valley to take on the Blackhawks next Friday.