Westby had its work cut out for them when they headed to powerhouse G-E-T on Friday, Sept. 22. The state-ranked Red Hawks are blessed with size and strength and used those attributes to dominate the young Norsemen team 61-0.
Undefeated G-E-T (6-0, 2-0) is favored to win the Coulee Conference title. Against the Norsemen (2-4, 1-1) the Red Hawks ran for 443 yards on the ground as Westby struggled to find any way to control the G-E-T offense.
Bryce Burns led G-E-T with 146 yards He scored two touchdowns on seven plays, while teammate, Ben Behan, ran nine times for 110 yards and one touchdown. So far this season Behan has tallied up 13 touchdowns and 671 yards.
Westby Head Coach Andy Hulst said going into the game it would be very physical and he was right. The sheer size and strength of the Red Hawks left Westby out of contention from the first snap of the football. G-E-T was up by 20-plus points at the end of the first quarter and kept control the entire game.
“G-E-T runs a double tight, double wing formation most of the time and they simply overpowered us with its running game. They outcoached us and out played us from the first snap. They are a very, very good team and deserve all of the credit.
Hulst was hopeful going into the game that Westby would use what it learned playing strong teams like Lancaster and Platteville to its advantage, but it never happened.
The Westby offense managed a few shining moments getting first downs, but came up short of scoring any points due to penalties and poor execution of plays.
‘In the first half we had some chances and crossed into G-E-T territory a few times but penalties and missed assignments killed our drives. We were never in the game either half,” Hulst said.
Hulst said the team needs to let the loss go and look ahead. The Norsemen host Arcadia on Friday, Sept. 29. The Raiders run a power-I offense and are balanced both on the ground and in the air.
“The key will be playing physical upfront and to stop shooting ourselves in the foot with penalties. If we play Westby football the way we practice it we can win,” Hulst said.
Game time is 4 p.m. at the Westby Athletic Complex.