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Prep football: Westlake gains separation from Hillcrest in second half

Published September 21, 2012 11:45 pm

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Midvale • After slow starts to the season and coming off deflating losses last week, Westlake and Hillcrest needed a victory Friday night to realistically stay in the Region 7 race.

The Thunder got it.

Gavin Williams and Stockton Rentfro passed for first-quarter touchdowns, and Westlake's defense dominated as the Thunder rolled to a 22-7 win over the Huskies.

Westlake improved to 2-4 overall and 1-1 in the region, while Hillcrest dropped to 2-4 and 0-2. The Huskies have been outscored 78-14 in their Region 7 losses.

The Thunder overcame the shock of losing senior running back Daniel Nugent on their fourth play of the game.

Nugent was injured after losing 3 yards on a sweep. He remained on the field for 20 minutes while being treated for a leg injury. He then was transported to the hospital in an ambulance.

When play resumed, Westlake completed a 13-play, 92-yard drive and grabbed a 6-0 lead on Williams' 13-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Tyler Diaz.

After a Hillcrest fumble, the Thunder quickly made it 12-0 when Rentfro took a handoff from Williams and threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Austin Fotheringham.

The Huskies stayed close by driving 65 yards in nine plays on their next possession. Sophomore quarterback Tanner Thompson scored on first-and-goal from the 1 with 1:08 left in the first quarter.

When Curtis Willits converted the extra point, Hillcrest trailed 12-7.

The Thunder nursed their narrow lead into the third quarter, when Westlake used a roughing the passer penalty and a 24-yard pass from Williams to River Sanderson to reach the Hillcrest 5.

Jed Murri powered up the middle for a touchdown on a first-down play to bump the lead to 19-7 with 6:15 left in the third quarter.

Willets' 34-yard field goal made it 22-7 with 10:31 remaining, and Westlake rode its defense the rest of the way. —