Centreville’s Chad Wiggins helps Wildcats shut out Westfield

Probably one of the few people hoping for this week’s nonstop rain showers to continue into Friday’s game against No. 8 Westfield was Centreville senior Chad Wiggins. Football teams typically run more in bad weather, meaning the aggressive linebacker would have his share of opportunities to impact the top-10 matchup of crosstown rivals.

And like the rain that only seemed to get heavier as the game wore on, Wiggins wouldn’t let up until the Wildcats’ third shutout was complete. The senior totaled three tackles for loss, a sack and a forced fumble, sparking No. 3 Centreville to a 28-0 win against visiting Westfield.

The Wildcats held Westfield to just 108 total yards of offense and three first downs.

“I knew they probably wouldn’t be passing as much, and I’m a downhill type of rusher that’s always running toward the line, so I was ready,” Wiggins said. “I love the rain because that means I’ll be making plays.”

Wiggins made his presence felt on Westfield’s opening play, rushing into the backfield to swallow up Bulldogs quarterback Mason Scoville after a botched snap. On the next Westfield possession, Wiggins forced a fumble on third down, ending the Bulldogs’ chances to continue their drive near midfield.

Westfield (4-2, 0-1 Concorde) moved into Centreville territory on its third series, but Wiggins ensured it was a short stay. He recorded a tackle for loss and sack on the next two plays to again force a Westfield punt.

“We set up some pressure plays for Chad and he’s got a knack and nose for the ball that’s has been showing up all season,” Wildcats Coach Chris Haddock said. “He’s a tough, throwback type of player that really fuels our defense.”

Meantime, Centreville’s (6-0, 2-0) offense was gaining steam. The Wildcats scored on three of their first four possessions, including a 55-yard touchdown run by Taylor Boose, who finished with a team-high 97 yards.

By taking a 21-0 lead into halftime, the Wildcats continue a first-half dominance that’s seen them outscore opponents 216-10 through six games.

The score remained knotted there until midway through the fourth, when Centreville broke through the line to tackle the Westfield punter after another botched snap, the Bulldogs’ fourth of the night. Two plays later, Scott Walter dove one yard for the touchdown.

“A win like this shows us that we’re capable of anything,” Wiggins said. “We’ve shut out two good teams in Chantilly and Westfield. It’s only six wins, but we’re on the right track to where we want to be come December.”

Brandon Parker is a sports reporter for The Washington Post.
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