NICHOLASVILLE - In its last game of the season the Western Hills football team got what it wanted against West Jessamine - a 26-13 win over the Colts.
The Wolverines (3-7) ended their season on a bright spot with power running by senior running back John Keene and tough defense throughout the game. Both teams stuck to a primarily efficient running attack, but WHHS coach Scott Mooney let his team ride the back of Keene. Keene carried the ball 22 times for 184 yards and three touchdowns and eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing mark in doing so.
The Wolverines got on the board first with 8:41 left in the first quarter. WHHS drove 74 yards on its first possession of the game and took the lead on a four-yard jaunt by Keene for an early 7-0 lead.
On WHHS' next offensive series the Wolverines started with good field position at its own 46. Quarterback Charles Keene completed a screen pass to Steven Kull, and Kull ran to the Colts' 25-yard line for a 29-yard gain. That gave WHHS the luxury of either running or passing on first down, but Mooney stuck to his guns. John Keene would outdo himself on the next play as he followed his blockers and ran 25 yards into the end zone.
"He's a great football player and he's going to go on to college somewhere," Mooney said. "Someone's going to find one heck of a football player in John Keene."
WHHS would also score on its next two possessions. Tyler Toncray booted two field goals, covering 22 and 29 yards, through the uprights to extend the Wolverines' lead to 20-0.
WHHS would eventually head in to halftime leading 20-7 after the defense gave up a 41-yard touchdown run by Eli Darby.
In the second half, the WHHS potent offense turned somewhat stagnant. The Wolverines punted three times and Charles Keene threw an interception in the end zone to end a promising drive with 2:11 left in the third quarter.
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