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All-Tribune First Team Offense
Westwood quarterback Kane Tieman (13) completes a pass during the first half of Friday nights game against the Fairfax Stampede, Friday, October 25, 2013. [James McGuire/ Special to Tribune]
Marcos de Niza quarterback Josh Eckley is clearly the most valuable player for the Padres, and the senior proved his worth again Friday night.
For the second consecutive week Mesquite pitched a shutout. This time, the Wildcats (5-1) rolled past Westwood, 49-0, on Friday night at Mesquite. The Wildcats led 35-0 at halftime as their offense could not be stopped in the first half.
Despite an early lead by North and a close first half, Westwood eventually dominated Friday night’s game and came away with a 67-13 Homecoming victory.
Westwood receiver Jackson Ward fights off a Gila Ridge defender after catching a pass from quarterback Kane Tieman, Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, at Westwood High School. [James McGuire/ Special to Tribune]
In the blink of an eye, Westwood raced out to a 21-0 lead. The Warriors didn't look back as they blew out Gila Ridge 49-0 on Friday.
Westwood quarterback Kane Tieman is sacked for a loss by Mesa's Dameon Miller, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 in Mesa. [James McGuire/ Special to Tribune]
Two late turnovers within 25 yards of the end zone, and a stingy Mesa defense doomed Westwood to its first loss of the season, a 27-7 defeat to the neighboring Jackrabbits.
Westwood warrior Josh Brown hauls in a touchdown pass from Kane Tieman, Friday, Sept. 6, 2013 in Phoenix. [James McGuire/ Special to Tribune]
Westwood quarterback Kane Tieman completes this pass to receiver Jordan Jumper, Friday, Sept. 6, 2013 in Phoenix. [James McGuire/ Special to Tribune]
Westwood receiver Jordan Jumper hauls in a touchdown pass from quarterback Kane Tieman, Friday, Sept. 6, 2013 in Phoenix. [James McGuire/ Special to Tribune]
This game was over before the rain stopped falling, or as it turned out, before the game clock was ever turned on, as Westwood scored 51 unanswered points in the first half to roll past Maryvale, 64-0, on Friday night.
Westwood quarterback Kane Tieman (13) rolls out looking to pass as offensive tackle Kaleb Papali'i (50) defends the line, Friday, Aug. 30, 2013 in Mesa. [James McGuire/ Special to Tribune]
Westwood quarterback Kane Tieman (13) connects with wide receiver Josh Brown (20) in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown, Friday, Aug. 30, 2013 in Mesa. [James McGuire/ Special to Tribune]
The matchup of 4-1 records. Westwood is off to a fast start, but Spencer Stowers' team probably learned more about itself in the loss to Mesa than with the wins. Namely, its offense needs to improve against some of the better defenses. Speaking of which, Mesquite has relied on its defense (and a weird ruling which led to a re-try of a game-winning field goal against Marana Mountain View) and running game to this point, and that’ll likely continue. Can Mesquite contain Dezmond Suing, Ethan Johnson, and delay what’s been a terrific start to the season for QB Kane Tieman (10 TD, 2 INT) for Westwood? Probably just enough. The Wildcats have the size to grind games out running the ball, and the defense is disciplined enough to make Westwood drive the field...
Prediction: Mesquite 20, Westwood 13
-- Mark Heller
Outlook: Bit by bit, the climb upward is underway.
The two Mesa schools clash again. Last year's battle went in Mesa's favor, 24-7, but Mesa struggled offensively in a loss against Highland last week, and Westwood is off to a 2-0 start. The Warriors (2-0) have athletes, starting with Dezmond Suing (353 yards rushing, 5 TD) and have gotten good QB play from Kane Tieman so far. Mesa, however, will be the best defense Westwood has seen to date, and the Jackrabbits (1-1) might be limited offensively, but they can run the ball if Turretz Pietz-Noble can return from injury and last week's emergence of Javier Martinez. If it comes down to special teams and the kicking game - which it could in this toss-up of a game - advantage Mesa with Noe Pereles.
Prediction: Mesa 16, Westwood 14