CATLIN — Friday night’s matchup between the Salt Fork Storm and the Westville Tigers was a bizarre game.
Each team at least 5 turnovers, both had over 200 yards passing and each team went on a 23-0 streak in the 42-29 contest. The Storm trailing by 10 with 7 minutes left in the game turned it around defensively, forced some key turnovers and were able to sneak by Westville with the win.
“The game was rough in the beginning, we bounced back in the end when it mattered and I’m really proud of all the guys for stepping up.” Garrett McFadden said.
Both teams showed sparks of greatness and had key players show up big on the stat sheet. For the Storm Garrett McFadden had 193 receiving yards with two touchdowns, one for 69 yards and the other 63.
For Westville, Dalton Hilligoss had 202 yards offensively with 176 of that receiving. He also had three touchdowns.
Both teams struggled early on in the contest and in the first quarter only the Storm scored. Jacob Hughes threw his first touchdown pass to McFadden who took it 69 yards for the 6-0 lead.
Early in the second quarter, Westville resorted to a little trickery and masterfully executed the hook-and-latteral play. Kyle Brazas tossed a quick out to Jeff Thompson, who upon make the catch turned toward the sideline and pitched it to Hilligoss, who took it in for the score.
With 4:30 left in the half the Storm scored on a nine yard run by Seth McClane that would lead to a 12-6 halftime score.
Both coaches were disappointed in how their offenses came out and made adjustments that worked quite well. The teams scored a combined 18 points in the first half, and in the second 53 points were scored between the two sides.
We told them when there’s opportunities to make plays, good athletes make those plays. I thought Kyle played well and when the receivers had the opportunity to make plays they did,’’ Westville coach Guy Goodlove said.