BELOIT, Ohio (WKBN) – A hot start from West Branch’s offense coupled with a stingy defense keyed the Warriors in a 27-0 win Saturday night against Salem.
“It makes it easy for you on defense when your offense is executing that well,” Warriors coach DJ Dota commented. “Our game plan, the kids did an excellent job executing it. We talked about this week that we had to do a great job of blocking, staying on blocks until the whistle blows.”
“They came out and really played well against us,” Quakers coach Ron Johnson remarked. “We didn’t play real well, and we got ourselves in a hole and just didn’t make the plays to get out of it.”
TJ Deshields hooked up with Rob Lozier for a 20-yard TD pass to start things off for West Branch. Later in the first, Deshields added a 1-yard TD run to cap a 55-yard drive.
On the first play of the second quarter, Lozier scored on a 22-yard run to put West Branch ahead by 20. Lozier then added a 8-yard TD run later in the second.
Lozier finished with 160 rush yards on 29 attempts, while Deshields went 21 of 30 through the air for 183 yards.
“Rob had a really good night,” Dota remarked. “I’m proud of him because in weeks one, two and three that was something we expected more from him and he brought it more every single week from that point. We’re really proud of where he came from and we were going to ride him tonight.”
Salem was paced by Cooper Bezeredi’s 97 yards on 26 attempts. Mitch Davidson went 15 of 34 for 159 yards and three interceptions.
West Branch and Salem each finished the season at 5-5.
“A lot of seniors stepped up tonight and made the plays,” Dota added. “I’m proud of those guys. When we needed it they did what they needed to do.”
“We play every game as a one week season. We didn’t have a lot of great season’s this year. We have a lot of work to do and continue to get better,” Johnson said of the Quakers season.