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Austin Westlake @ Temple game pics and recap


  • Austin Westlake @ Temple game pics and recap

    Austin Westlake @ Temple pics and recap

    [COLOR=#6A6A6A !important]Yesterday, 08:18 PM[/COLOR]

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    Temple staff, players and fans lament missed chances as Westlake takes advantage for the 28-17 victory.

    On fourth and a yard, Temple QB Cole Martin was attempting to gain the necessary yard to keep the drive going. However, the Westlake defense anticipated a sneak and thwarted the attempt. It was a crucial stop as Westlake trailed 17-14 w/ 9 minutes left in the game.

    Westlake proceeded to keep the chains moving and Chaps QB Sam Ehlinger found Chase Cokley off a deflected pass for a 42 yd score. Cokley took it in for a TD as Westlake grabbed the lead late in the contest, 21-17.

    Temple's offense showed grit and could run but the passing attack was too inconsistent and could not come through when the Wildcats had the ball on the next possession. A 3 and out and Westlake started to milk the clock. However, the Chaps went for the home run on 4th down and Sam Ehlinger threw a perfect pass to Reed Klubnik and he secured the catch and essentially the victory. To be sure, Ehlinger ran through the middle for the game capping score.

    The Wildcats started the game with a fumble but the Chaps could not convert it to points. Temple's running backs Carlos Borbon and De'Vante Nealy went to work. Borbon was effective on the inside while Nealy used his speed to go outside. Nealy would be churing yards along the edges of the tackles. Davion Curtis caught some passes along the left sideline to keep the Chaps off balance. Nealy had an impressive run to score for Temple in the first drive.

    Temple should have increased their lead as they got inside the Westlake 25 but a Fourth down pass was unfortunately dropped for the Wildcats. Another frustrating thing for Temple was big gains were wiped off due to penalties and many times the drives that looked promising were halted.

    The defense of Temple was doing fine overall and the RB for Westlake, Izaiah Faz didn't have too much success. The Wildcat front defensive linemen was putting good pressure on Ehlinger but the Chaps QB kept his composure and simply was too good.

    Many times Ehlinger's passes had to be near perfect to get the Chaps moving and they were. Ehlinger ended up throwing for 269 yards, accounting for all four TD scores for Westlake (2 passing and 2 rushing).

    A momentum changer for sure was right before the half. Temple was forced to punt and Westlake didn't have much time left but Ehlinger and company kept drives alive with quick passes and solid runs by Faz. Ehlinger's favorite target on the quick passes was Reed Klubnik and Ehlinger also used his elusiveness to gain yds and avoid near certain sacks. Ehlinger scored with 8 seconds left in the half to cut the Temple lead to 10-7.

    Although Ehlinger found Klubnik quite a bit to get his first downs, the home run passes were snagged in by Chase Cokley as he did it twice for scores (granted one was deflected but a long TD nevertheless).

    Westlake had two impressive wins in this young season as they prep for district play this week. For the Temple Wildcats, it is a frustrating loss as there were chances to put this game away, but they didn't and the Chaps took advantage. Not to worry for Temple. The Wildcats show that the defense can play well and the offense has potential to be excellent. A few more games in and this team could really have things going during district play and be a team to go deep in the playoffs. Must limit mistakes though and can't waste opportunities and the Temple players will be eager to get back on the field to rectify it.

    Stats courtesy of Temple Daily Telegram
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