“Coach told us we need to step it up big if we wanted to win.” McFadden said.
Salt Fork got the ball to start the second half and they wasted no time. With just 46 seconds off the clock McFadden scored his second touchdown. Austin Ringus kicked the extra point and the Storm then led 19-6.
Westville responded on their drive with points of their own. Brazas tossed a 26 yard touchdown pass to Thompson and then hit Thompson again for the 2 point conversion cutting the lead to 19-14 in favor of
On Salt Fork’s next possession the Tiger defense held the Storm to a three and out. When Westville got the ball back Brazas tossed a quick pass to Hilligoss who maneuvered around defenders for a 79-yard touchdown and Westville’s first lead of the night. Brazas tossed it to Hilligoss again for the two-point conversion and a 22-19 lead.
Westville would score one more time in third quarter. After an interception, the Tigers used the momentum created by their defense to get their lead to 29-19 on another pass to Hilligoss.
But just as Westville was hoping to slip away with their first win of the year, some big plays on Salt Fork’s defense turned the game around.
“Our kids were down a little bit but after a few plays, but our kids woke up and started playing with some passion,’’ Salt Fork coach Brian Plotner said.
After an interception the Storm closed the gap to 29-27 wih a Hughes run. The quarterback would score twice more on the ground to take the lead and then extend it.
Westville now sits at 0-3 after losses to state-ranked teams Cerro Gordo/Bement and Salt Fork along with a defeat at the hands Villa Grove.
“We played well enough to win the ball game, we just didn’t finish.” Goodlove said. “We didn’t play well against Villa Grove, we played a little better against Cerro Gordo but we played a whole lot better tonight against the 5 who we are.