by Rob Tetro
Westhill got off to an impressive start when it took on the Phoenix varsity football team Saturday.
Westhill scored the game’s first 17 points, which helped them build a 32 point halftime lead. The deficit Phoenix faced proved to be insurmountable as Westhill came away with a 66-22 win.
Westhill wasted little time to getting in gear. They took a 7-0 lead when Carson Hicks scored on a run from three yards out. Westhill added to its lead when Chris Brusa scored on an 18-yard touchdown run. Shortly after Brusa’s score, Collin Henson gave Westhill a 17-0 lead after connecting on a 24-yard field goal attempt.
Phoenix got onto the scoreboard when Avery Chisolm threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Brock Maruscsak. Before the first quarter ended, Westhill struck again when Reed Derrenbacher threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Donovan Whipple.
Any hope the Firebirds had of a rally were dashed during the second quarter.
Brusa rushed for his second touchdown of the game to give Westhill a 31-6 lead. While keeping the Firebirds off the scoreboard, Westhill scored again before the first half ended. Westhill took a 38-6 lead when a Phoenix interception was returned for a touchdown.
Westhill maintained its impressive ways as the third quarter began. Another three-yard touchdown run from Brusa gave them a 45-6 advantage. Ja’Shai Jamison scored on a run from 5 yards out to give Westhill a 52-6 lead.