Westby was scheduled to host Black River Falls in its Homecoming game on Friday, Oct. 6, but stormy weather forced Head Coach Andy Hulst to make the tough decision to relocate the game from Westby’s field to BRF, where the Norsemen held on to win in overtime, 12-6. Westby is now evened up at 4-4. The defeat brought Black River Falls to 1-7.
“It was a tough decision to make, especially with it being Homecoming, but we needed to get the game in if possible with so many other activities already scheduled the rest of the weekend,” Hulst said.
Hulst said the game made Westby football history as the only team that won its own Homecoming game playing on its opponent field.
“I’m guessing people will remember it for a while,” Hulst said.
The Norsemen-Tigers game was dominated by defense and weather as the rain poured from the sky all night long making a wet, rainy, muddy battle from start to finish.
Westby came out fast scoring on its first drive on a successful 34-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Alex Gluch to Carter Bergdahl for quick six, but missed the extra point.
From that point on until halftime, it was back and forth battle to get within scoring range for both teams as they tried to run the ball with limited success due to the declining condition of the field in the rain.
By second half the passing game was also challenged due to heavy rain, but BRF did score their opening drive of the second half to tie the game, 6-6, after an unsuccessful two-point conversion.
Westby and BRF took turns offensively slipping and sliding up and down the field most of the second half without penetrating the red zones. The Norsemen attempted a late field goal from 29 yards out, but a bad snap didn’t allow the holder to set up the play sending the game into overtime.
BRF won the toss taking the field offensively, but turned the ball over in four attempts thanks to a strong defensive stand by the Norsemen.
Westby took over and moved the ball down the field. Austin Mowery gained five yards on a toss play to the 20-yard line, before Ryan Daines broke free for a 19-yard run to the BRF 1-yard-line. Working off first down the BRF defense prevented Westby from winning the game on its first attempt, but couldn’t stop Daines from blasting in for the win on second down. Westby won 12-6
“I’m proud of the boys for showing grit and determination in the face of this much adversity on the day. It really tested their character and they learned something about themselves in the process,” Hulst said.
Westby picked up 202 yards rushing as a team. Daines had 134-yards and one touchdown. Gluch was 4 for 7 passing, for 39 yards and a touchdown.
BRF had 58 yards rushing, 47 yards passing, and two interceptions.
Westby hosts Luther at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13.
Westby 12, Black River Falls 6
Westby 6 0 0 0 -6 12
BRF 0 0 6 0 -0 6