They'd been here before. Maybe it wasn't a playoff game, but just five days ago the Westwood football team played a game in which the winner would get to continue playing for another week, while the loser would have nine months to think about what went wrong.
When the Wolverines stepped out on that field they had the confidence that they could beat Wayland and play in Saturday's Division 3 Super Bowl, where they would face the winner of tonight's game between Pembroke and Sharon. They were in their own comfort zone.
But Wayland knocked them out of that comfort zone early. The Warriors were strong defensively, giving Westwood some difficulty getting going. But, more importantly, Wayland just could not be caught offensively. Literally.
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Aided by a strong offensive line, the speedy duo of Robert Williams and Roby Williams ran around the Wolverines' defense all night to the tune of well over 300 yards. The Wayland offense was also able to capitalize on Westwood's turnovers, including an early momentum changing fumble of a punt.
Wayland will face Sharon, who defeated Pembroke 7-6 in a game that went down to the last minute, on Saturday in the Super Bowl.
Westwood finishes the season at 8-4, including winning the Tri-Valley League Large Divsion.