In Scott Mooney's book there is no such thing as a moral victory, even against a football team as talented as Lexington Catholic, the fourth-ranked team in Class 3A.
"There is satisfaction, however, in the way our team played," Mooney said after his Western Hills Wolverines lost to visiting Lexington Catholic 45-20. "They never stopped fighting to win. They really want to show just how good they can be, which is hard when you're playing one of the best teams in the state."
The Wolverines kept within striking distance for much of the first half behind two Tyler Toncray field goals, from 30 and 37 yards respectively, but the Knights scored three touchdowns in the third quarter to put the game away.
It was the Knights' big plays that were Western Hills' undoing.
Quarterback Justin Burke, who completed 16 of 24 passes for 334 yards, connected with Tyler Hinkel for a 54-yard touchdown completion for the Knights' first touchdown and again in the third quarter for a 49-yard strike. Hinkel finished the game with seven catches for 173 yards, while Marvin Devers caught three passes for 101 yards.
Burke also led the Knights' ground attack with 69 yards on three carries, including a 52-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.
Lexington Catholic (8-1, 6-0) led 17-6 at halftime. On the third play of the third quarter Burke found Devers for a 75-yard touchdown pass.
"They live by the big play and they're awfully good at it," Mooney said. "They have a lot of speed and when they get into the open field, they're hard to stop."
For more on this story, see today's State Journal.