And it didn’t take very long for the Warriors to get there any time their starters had the ball.
Westbrook forced an early punt from the Indians (2-7) and drove down the field with a series of wide receiver jet sweeps and delayed handoffs.
Chad Sharp punched the ball in from 3 yards out to put Westbrook Christian up 6-0 after a missed PAT.
The experience-heavy Warriors sharply contrasted the exceptionally young Indians. Westbrook Christian has 12 seniors and seven juniors.
Ohatchee has three seniors and seven juniors.
“We’ve talked the whole time about how we’re young and we’re building and building and being on what we call the foundation for building on for something in the future,” Ohatchee coach Jason Howard said. “We’re selling them on that, and they’ve bought in on it.
“… One thing I’ll say, they come every Monday, and they are ready to work hard.”
Ohatchee took the resulting kickoff and managed six plays before having to punt the ball back to Westbrook Christian, which made a fair catch on its 36-yard line.
One play and 64 yards later, Ohatchee was down 12-0. Jacob Mayfield found a wide-open Chase Saunders in a hole in the zone, and he sped past the Indians’ secondary to find the end zone. The PAT set the score at 13-0.
But Ohatchee found itself with a short field and all the momentum after William Poole returned Westbrook Christian’s kickoff 55 yards down to the 30.
However, Ohatchee ran seven plays and ended up missing a field goal from the 12.
Any hopes the Indian faithful had of a comeback died the next play as Mayfield found another receiver downfield. This time, Steven Daniels had ran past the secondary and caught the ball with no one to beat to put the Warriors up 20-0.
Westbrook Christian would do the same the next time it had the ball, but it would be tight end Zack Swagart on the other side of the secondary, speeding down the sideline to set the score at 33-0 before the half.
“There are several on there that have potential,” Howard said. “I’m not going to point out any one, but there are several of our younger kids that are making strides and that we are seeing improve week by week.”
Howard also said that with a team this young, they are preparing for next year.
“We’ve already talked about (next year) and talked about the things we have to do,” Howard said. “We’re not really going to do anything different next week (against 3A White Plains, also 2-7) to prepare for the next season.
“We’re just going to go out and prepare like it’s just another game and then, hopefully, get some positives to carry into the off season. We’ll start lifting weights, It was readily apparent tonight that we’ve got to get stronger, and we have to get a lot faster.”