Douglas County High School had a lot of things going for it Friday night at Jimmy Johnson Stadium. DC hosted the annual Homecoming festivities with a queen and king being announced at halftime. The team also welcomed back the 1964 Tigers in a ceremony before the game. The ’64 squad is the only team in county history to win a football state championship.
However, what DC did not manage to get, and what the 2014 team wanted most, was a victory against visiting Westlake. After taking a 3-0 lead midway through the first quarter, Westlake took a 7-3 lead on the ensuing drive and never relinquished it. The Lions ended up stealing the Homecoming win by handing the Tigers a 34-3 loss.
Westlake did a good job of covering DC’s talented receivers and keeping quarterback, Malik Oliver, pinned up in the box.
“You have to take your hats off to Westlake. They overwhelmed us up front and controlled the line of scrimmage,” said Douglas County coach Jason Respert. “They were able to take shots down the field that we did not defend well. We were not able to protect the quarterback or run the football and you have to give them credit. They outplayed us and the best team won tonight.”
The Tigers took the opening kickoff but were stuffed for a loss inside their own 10-yard line. They were forced to punt and Westlake took over near midfield. The Lions did not fair any better on their first offensive possession, fumbling the ball on third down with DC’s Drake Battle recovering at the Westlake 41.
Douglas County took advantage of the field position, putting the first points on the board. D’Ondre Glenn put the Tigers into scoring position when he leaped up and hauled in a 37-yard pass from Oliver. Inside the redzone, the Tigers could not push the ball in on three plays, including two from the five yard line, and had to settle for a 15 yard field goal at the midway point of the opening quarter.
Aided by a couple of costly Douglas County penalties on the ensuing drive, Westlake took a 7-3 advantage when Ronnie Blackmon caught a short pass from Dakota Rocker, and then ran down the left sideline for a 40-yard score. Julian Jones connected on the point after.
After forcing a DC punt, Westlake took over possession to begin the second quarter and attacked through the air for a total of 65 yards and a score. The touchdown strike came from the Tiger 22 yard line when Rocker hit Aundell Terrell down the right sideline. A missed kick left the Lions with a 10 point advantage
DC was forced to punt from their own endzone after being pushed back after the kickoff. Westlake took over at the Tigers’ 45. Jordan Thomas rushed for 21 yards and a few plays later, Rocker sent a floater into the right corner of the endzone and Joshua Poole came back to the ball, reached over a DC defender, and maintained possession while falling to the ground to compete the 9-yard TD catch. The point after was good and Westlake went up, 20-3, midway through the second quarter.
The best player on the field for DC in the second quarter was punter, Terrance White. White, under pressure and dealing with at least one bad snap, continued to get the ball off clean, and get good distance on all his shots, preventing the damage from being any worse. At the half, Westlake maintained a 17 point lead.
The Lions had the ball to open the second half and worked several minutes off the clock before Thomas punched the ball in on a one-yard dive. The score was set up by a Terrell 27 yard reception on 4th-and-long play. The Lions led, 27-3.
Back deep inside their own territory as the third quarter wrapped up, Westlake’s quarterback found Terrell again, and the receiver took the ball to the house. the kick put the Lions up by 31.
Late in the quarter, Westlake subbed in for their starters to close out the game.