The Norsemen hosted Arcadia on Friday, Sept. 29 and pulled together offensively to silence the Raiders 27-0, and used sound defense to control the game.
Westby Head Coach Andy Hulst said before the game that the Raiders run a power-I offense and are balanced both on the ground and in the air so Westby needed to be tough up front.
We were most physical up front on both sides of the ball and that was the biggest improvement that I wanted to see from last week to this week. Also, we only had a few penalties this week compared to our 12 we had against GET so that helps a lot as well.
After the game, Hulst said the Norsemen weren’t only tough up front, but played sound on both sides, which was a much needed improvement over the week before when Westby was dominated by G-E-T.
“I was happy to see Westby play physical at the line of scrimmage and to see the the defense really control the tempo for most of the game,” Hulst said.
The Norsemen (3-4, 2-1) relied on their run game and defense. Junior running back Ryan Daines had 17 carries for 133 yards with three touchdowns, while the Westby defense picked the Raiders off three times to secure the shutout. Alex Gluch went 9-for-13 for 187 yards and two touchdowns, while Austin Mowery and Ryan Knight combined to run 117 yards on 17 carries.
With two minutes left in the first quarter Daines had a catch-and-run for an 79-yard touchdown run down the nearside of the field to get the Norsemen on the board 7-0, following the extra point by Grant Dayton.
Arcadia made it into Westby territory, but defensive coverage prevented any points from getting on the scoreboard for the Raiders.
After taking over on downs Mowery picked up 21 yards on a third and one yard play before Daines took the fast break 27 yards down the sideline to the 8-yard-line.
With 1:20 left before the half, the Westby front line, Riley Hagen, Grant Dayton and Kenny Berg opened up a hole for Daines to dart into the end zone. Westby led 14-0 at the break.
Westby scored its third touchdown when Daines made some simple dive plays and used good vision for outside gains of 35 and 15 yards on the ground during the opening drive of the second half. Sitting in the Raider’s red zone at the 5-yard-line the Norsemen used a tight formation and play action with quarterback Alex Gluch rolling out to the right where he found Mowrey wide open for six points.
Late in the third quarter Westby put up its final points in the game. Mowrey and Daines combined their running skills for a nice 60-yard drive before Carter Bergdahl’s third down catch and conversion for 15 yards set up Daines dash into the end zone to put Westby up 27-0.
The second half was also highlighted by three interceptions by Westby’s Gunnar Hanson, Hunter Ward, and Sam Strangstalien. Westby held the Raiders (3-4, 2-1) to less than 200 total yards, with just 52 yards on the ground.
Westby hosts Black River Falls in its Homecoming game on Friday, Oct. 6. Game time is 4 p.m. Hulst said BRF likes to operate a lot out of the shot gun and throw quick, short passes and as long as the Norsemen don’t take anything for granted they should be fine.
If Westby wins it improves their chance to clinch a playoff berth with only one game left when the Norsemen host Luther on Oct. 13.
Westby 27, Arcadia 0
Westby 7 7 13 0 — 27
Arcadia 0 0 0 0 — 0