Getting off to a quick start hasn't been a strength of Western Hills' football team this season, but that's just what the Wolverines did Friday.
WHHS scored on its first possession and never trailed on its way to a 19-6 win over Anderson County at Western Hills.
"All week long Coach said we hadn't been playing in the first quarter," Western Hills senior John Keene said. "He emphasized that he wanted us to come out and play all four quarters and not start playing in the second quarter. Tonight we played all four quarters."
The Wolverines took the opening kickoff and started an 80-yard scoring drive capped off by Keene's 36-yard touchdown run with 10:12 left in the period. A bad snap prevented Tyler Toncray from kicking the extra point, and a pass on the conversion attempt by Steven Kull fell incomplete.
"We came out so tentative last week," WHHS coach Scott Mooney said, "and it's not until a quarter and a half we start playing. We came out tonight and played right away. It was a hard-fought ballgame, and it was good to see productivity right off the bat.
"It's not the first time we've talked about it," he added, "but we emphasized it in practice, and we re-emphasized it when we talked to the team before the ballgame."
Anderson tied the game on a 13-yard run by Trevor Yeager on the first play of the second quarter, and the Zack Burford's point-after kick was blocked, leaving the game knotted at 6-all.
John Keene scored his second touchdown of the game on a seven-yard run with 3:57 left in the first half, and Toncray kicked the extra point for a 13-6 lead. On the last play of the half Toncray connected on the first of his two field goals on the night. This one covered 18 yards and gave WHHS a 16-6 halftime lead.
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