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Posted: Saturday, September 28, 2013 12:27 am | Updated: 2:40 pm, Sat Sep 28, 2013.

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.

North (1-3) looked to be playing spoiler with a quick score to open the game on offense and a defensive touchdown. The Mustangs got on the board early with a 22-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Frank Gomez to receiver Johnny Cortez, a combination that would be one of the Mustangs' few successful plays in the air.

After an 8-yard rushing touchdown by running back Ethan Johnson for Westwood (4-1), Cortez would score again for North, this time with a 22-yard interception returned for a touchdown. The Mustangs would lead 13-6 halfway through the second quarter, but Westwood took the game over from there.

Johnson brought the Warriors to just one point down (13-12 because of two missed two point conversions) with his second touchdown run of the night. Quarterback Kane Tieman found his stride thanks to a successful run game opening the field and threw two touchdown passes before halftime to give the Warriors a 26-13 lead entering the third quarter.

Westwood effectively closed out the game in the third, scoring off a 59-yard interception return for a touchdown by safety DJ Bex as well as a pair of rushing touchdowns by Johnson and DJ Hlebek.

By the end of the night Johnson finished with 21 carries for 82 yards and three touchdowns. Hlebek had four carries for just 12 yards, but had three goal-line touchdown runs in the second half.

“We were going to come out and try to throw the ball more, but it wasn’t working out so we hit the run game and it worked our great for us,” said Tieman. “We executed and played well. Whoever’s open gets the ball, whoever is making plays gets the ball.”

Tieman also saw success running the ball, with eight carries for 92 yards and one touchdown rushing.

“He can run the ball. We’re excited about having Kane in the backfield,” said coach Spencer Stowers. “We expect him to do that when the team needs it, and we needed it early tonight.”

With only one attempted pass in the second half, Tieman still put up solid numbers passing the ball. He completed 10 passes on 20 attempts for 161 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

The Mustangs played aggressively to try to keep the score close, which led to five turnovers (four interceptions and one goal-line fumble.)

The North offense was controlled by Gomez for most of the game, but he finished 13-for-27 with 136 yards and one touchdown with the four interceptions.

Those turnovers, as well as several punts that ended up near midfield helped Westwood regain the lead and score 61 unanswered points to finish off the rout.

Westwood 67, North 13

First Downs: WW 15, N 8

Rushing: WW 36-197, N 30-69

Passing (Comp-Att-Yards-INT-TD): WW 11-21-246-1-2, N 13-27-136-4-1

Fumbles-lost: WW 0-0, N 1-1

Penalties-yards: WW 9-55, N 4-30

Westwood  6 20 14 20 - 67

North          6  7   0    0 – 13

N: Cortez 22 pass fron Gomez (Run failed)

WW: Johnson 8 run (Pass failed)

N: Cortez 22 INT return (Arrayo kick)

WW: Johnson 5 run (Run failed)

WW: Ward 3 pass from Tieman (Johnson run)

WW: Jumper 30 pass from Tieman (Run failed)

WW: Bex 59 INT return (Chambers kick)

WW: Hlebek 3 run (Chambers kick)

WW: Johnson 1 run (Chambers kick)

WW: Hlebek 3 run (Kick missed)

WW: Hlebek 5 run (Chambers kick)

WW: Tieman 2 run (Chambers kick)

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