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Varsity Football Loses to Round Rock in Battle of the Bell 24-21

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Sawyer Grimaldi
Hurrying up to the line Owen Norrell ’24 prepares to snap the ball quick. The Warriors utilized hurry up offense all night to aid the run game and catch the Dragon defense off guard.

On Friday, Sept. 15, in the battle for the bell, the varsity football team failed to bring the bell back to Westwood, losing to the Round Rock Dragons 24-21, after a heartbreaking last-second field goal. Both teams played a close game with explosive offensive drives and strong defensive stands, keeping the game close.

“Every game is a unique game, even from week to week,” Head Coach Anthony Wood said. “Unfortunately all we got this game was outscored in the fourth quarter.”

The game started off slow with multiple three-and-outs by both offenses and a fumble in the red zone by Round Rock, holding the Dragon offense from scoring until the last minute of the 1st quarter. However the Round Rock offense wasn’t the only team putting the ball on the field, as Westwood had three dropped passes over the middle of the field, forcing Westwood to punt three times, and keeping them scoreless through the first quarter.

Westwood found some signs of offensive life in the second quarter with their first score coming from Demani Stewart ‘24 who was the only player to gain yards the entire drive. With strong runs up the middle, averaging 5 yards per carry, and accumulating a total of 7 broken tackles on the drive, Stewart finally ran it in, tying up the game at 7 all.

“Demani is one heck of a football player,” Coach Wood said. “He’s got great strength behind him, and he’s got an even better line up in front of him to clear the way.”

Coming out of halftime the Warriors played their strongest football of the night, putting up 14 unanswered points in the quarter. To start off their scoring run, a well-timed interception at the 40-yard-line set up a huge breakaway run by Stewart to put the Warriors up by 7 in the first moments of the second half. The Warriors didn’t let up defensively, with three straight stops giving the Warriors the ball back. This set up Westwood’s first and only receiving touchdown by Brain Perkins ‘26, giving the Warriors a 21-7 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

With both teams gassed and trying to hold the other to a minimal fourth quarter, small mistakes would prove themselves vital for the outcome of the game. While the Warriors continued to play a strong defensive game, the Warrior offense didn’t seem to have much energy left. This led to a streak of forced punts, each of which being forced under pressure by the Dragon special teams unit, throwing the Warrior punting unit off. This poor punting led to very little breathing room for the Warrior defense, and multiple fast-paced scoring drives from the Dragons. In the final offensive drive of the game for the Warriors, a blocked punt set the Dragons up for a last second field goal to walk off with the win. The Dragon’s keep the Bell another year, winning the rivalry game 24-21 in a heartbreak for the Warriors.

“All we gotta do is just overcome and look forward as a team,” Wood said. “Hopefully we can get over this and learn from our mistakes from this week and apply that to next week.”

Next week the Warriors will have their open week to work on what they need to in order to get back in the win column, on Friday, Sept. 29 at Cedar Ridge.

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  • Watching for his coaches, Henry Kubelka ’24 gets his defensive signals after a play. Leading a strong Warrior defense, Kubelka recorded a multi-tackle game against the Dragons.

  • Falling to the ground Demani Stewart ’24 takes the Round Rock defender for a ride. Stewart had 7 broken tackles on a drive where he accounted for every yard of offense for the Warriors.

  • Dropping back and scanning Owen Norrell ’24 looks for an open receiver to throw to. The Warrior offense relied more on the run game than the pass with Norell only throwing one passing touchdown on the night.

  • Never looking back Demani Stewart ’24 prances into the endzone leaving the Dragon defender behind. Stewart scored two touchdowns on the night this one coming off of a long breakaway run.

  • Scrambling to the ball Demani Stewart ’24 and Owen Norrell ’24 jump to recover a fumbled snap. Turnovers were a big story on the night with the Warriors and Dragons combining for three.

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Conall Coats, Assistant Sports Editor
Class of 2025 I have always loved writing, listening, and telling stories. I am eagerly looking forward to being the sports editor this school year, and I can’t wait to see what it has in store for me. Some of my favorite activities are creating and adventuring, whether they be through paper or in the middle of the woods. I spend most of my days talking to friends or taking hikes… if the weather permits it. I greatly anticipate what is to come in this new year, and I hope to see some of you in class!
Sawyer Grimaldi, Sports Editor
Class of 2025 Hi everyone! Coming from a family of writers and English majors I have always been keen on writing and reporting! I started in middle school and haven’t looked back since. Other things I enjoy are playing sports of all kinds, playing video games with my friends, traveling around the world, and playing with my dog. Something interesting about me is that I like to collect shoes and sports jerseys.

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