Watch a replay of Papillion La Vista vs. Omaha Westside (Nebraska) – Friday, September 6, 2019.
The #3 ranked Westside Warriors scored touchdowns on seven consecutive possessions to run away from scrappy Papillion-LaVista, winning 48-14.
Westside ran only 3 offensive plays in the first quarter and trailed 7-0 to start the second frame. Papillion-LaVista took the lead on the final play of the first quarter when sophomore quarterback Kyle Ingwerson snuck in from two yards out. It capped a grinding, 11-play, 65-yard drive.
Westside didn’t trail for long. On the ensuing kickoff, Jack Wimmer raced up the left hash, barely changing direction, covering 91 yards for a game-tying touchdown. Only 11 seconds of game time had elapsed since Papillion-LaVista had taken the lead.
Just over two minutes later, wide receiver Jake Holmstrom got loose and Westside quarterback Cole Payton hit him in stride. Holmstrom’s 70-yard touchdown catch made it 14-7 for Westside.
But Papillion wouldn’t go away so easily. Lane Harris engineered a 16-play, 80-yard scoring drive that ate up 7:43 of game clock. Twice the Monarchs faced fourth downs and twice they converted, with the second producing a touchdown on Harris’s three-yard run.
It looked like the halftime score might end up tied at 14, but Payton and company had other ideas. The Warriors went 70 yards in 47 seconds of game time to retake the lead. Payton tossed his second touchdown, finding Grant Tagge in the right flat. Westside took a seven-point lead into the locker room.
The second half was all Westside. Payton hit four-star recruit Avante Dickerson with a 30-yard pass to make it 28-14 before Bodie Harrell dashed in from five yards out on the following possession. The fourth quarter began with Westside holding a 35-14 advantage.
In the final frame, Payton added a rushing touchdown to cap his night. The junior signal caller finished 6-11 passing for 188 yards with three touchdowns through the air. Senior speedster Darian Sokpa added a 10-yard touchdown run for good measure to make the final 48-14.
Papillion-LaVista, which dominated in time of possession during the first half, had five inauspicious second half possessions. They included three punts, an interception, and a lost fumble.
The offensive bright spot for the Monarchs was junior running back Cole Price. He finished with 119 yards on 23 carries.
Westside moves to 2-0 and travels to Lincoln Southeast next week. Papillion-LaVista falls to 0-2 on the season.
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