Returning home for a stint against Lone Peak, Westlake was looking for its third win on the season after a 56-0 loss at Pleasant Grove the week before. The energy was tangible as the teams lined up for the opening kickoff. The Westlake crowd was the most energetic it had been all year, decked out in black for the annual Blackout game. Westlake was coming out, showing they were not intimidated. But right off the bat, things were not going well for Westlake, as they found themselves down 14-0 five minutes into the game. Westlake was no stranger to defeats. Lone Peak continued to control the game, leading 21-0 at the end of the first quarter.
After giving up a 79 yard rushing touchdown early in the second quarter, Jared Shimamoto punched it into the end zone to put Westlake on the board, trailing 28-7. The only points the stout Lone Peak defense would allow all night. The Knight defense only allowed 261 yards of total offense, compared to the 471 gained by the offense of Lone Peak.
The Westlake boys were very distraught after the game, as tears were shed and heads were hung. I was able to talk to someone who is close to one of the players, and she said that the players felt that the whole team wasn’t living up to the energy the fans brought. Westlake will look to bounce back with a home bout against Cyprus next week. Lone Peak will go back home to face rival Pleasant Grove.