High School Sports

Westfield hopes easy games don’t hurt playoff push

Westfield has won seven straight games since its lone loss of the season, and each of those has been a blowout.

That concerns Hornets head coach Ronnie Jones.

Westfield beat Dominion Christian 75-35 last week and hasn’t scored fewer than 44 points in any game in its winning streak. The Hornets host Brookwood on Friday in the quarterfinals of the GISA Class AAA playoffs.

“We certainly have played well, but the way our season has gone, we haven’t been pushed,” Jones said. “We haven’t been challenged, so we haven’t had to play four quarters. That’s a big concern.”

Another concern is Brookwood’s fast-paced offense attack, which Jones said is averaging 70 or so plays per game. Brookwood’s Kullen Wells has thrown for 2,097 yards and 24 touchdowns, while Cale Deese has rushed for 859, and Taylor Patterson has rushed for 745.

The Warriors are 11-1 after beating Trinity Christian 42-16 last week.

“We haven’t really seen an offense like what they do,” Jones said. “They are going to throw the ball a lot, but they run it well, too, and they’re going to go no-huddle. We have to be set and be lined up and be ready to play defensively.”

The Hornets will try to counter that attack with their ball-control offense.

Josh Jenkins has rushed for 892 yards and 14 touchdowns, while Tanner Westbrook has 514 yards and 10 touchdowns, and Ryan Fitzpatrick has 357 yards and 12 touchdowns. Fitzpatrick also has thrown for 1,162 yards, with Giles Amos catching 25 passes for 573 yards.

In the other Class AAA games involving Middle Georgia teams Friday, John Milledge is at Valwood and Gatewood is at Deerfield-Windsor.

In Class AA, Robert Toombs and Piedmont face off, while Brentwood travels to Georgia Christian.