The Westfield Mustangs hosted their Spring ISD rival Spring Lions at Leonard George Stadium Friday night. Westfield overcame 6 turnovers to beat previously undefeated Spring by a score of 38-37.
The entire game went back and forth for much of the evening. The Mustangs got on the board first to go up 7-0 but Spring would answer. The teams would trade scores all night, heading into halftime with Westfield up 21-14. The Mustangs were able to stretch the lead to 24-14 early in the 3rd quarter on 38 yard field goal by Brian Martinez. Just when Westfield looked to open the lead up, a fumble occurred when it appeared the runner was down, allowing Spring to scoop up the ball and return it all the way to the Westfield 6yd line and score 2 plays later. The scoring would again go back and forth, with the field goal looming large. The Mustangs were either up by 3 or down by 4 points the rest of the game. Every time Spring surged ahead, the Mustangs would immediately answer the score with one of their own to rally back. This was fueled by big plays offensively from running back Latevius Downs and wide receiver Tyrie Cleveland, with some big throws from quarterback Dillon Sterling-Cole. The Westfield defense had some struggles on the evening, but with the score 38-35 and Spring driving late in the game, the Mustangs came up big on defense getting a huge stop on 3rd down and forcing a punt. Pinned deep in their own territory and unable to get a first down, the Mustangs had to punt the ball back to the Lions. Westfield snapped the ball out of the back of the endzone for a safety, and the score was now 38-37. The Mustang defense rose up again to get what appeared to be game clinching 4th down stop with under a minute to go in the game, but Westfield had their 6th fumble on the evening trying to run out the clock, giving Spring one more opportunity to try to take the lead. The Westfield defense stiffened yet again, forcing incomplete passes play after play and harassing the quarterback. Ed Oliver continued to make plays from his defensive tackle position, whether it was pressuring the quarterback or making tackles on swing passes, he was all over the field the entire night. The final stop came on a QB sack by Malcolm Willis, which the clock ran out on, and led to the Mustangs rushing the field to celebrate the hard fought victory.
Westfield will be on the road next Friday night when they travel to Klein Memorial Stadium to take on Klein Collins High School.