Thomas Stone 7
All week long, Pha'Terrell Washington and his Westlake teammates had been hearing people say that this would be the week that they would be upset. Their opponent, Thomas Stone, had a lot to prove after a 41-11 drubbing at the hands of McDonough last week.
Washington and the 20th-ranked Wolverines wanted none of it. Westlake was too big, too fast, too strong and too deep for the Cougars. After giving up a touchdown on Thomas Stone's opening drive, the Wolverines dominated every facet of the game, handing the Cougars their second consecutive blowout loss, 47-7, on Friday night in Waldorf.
"There was a lot of gossip going around that we were going to lose this game," Washington said. "We had to make a stand. We wanted to make a major mark and show the [Southern Maryland Athletic Conference] what Westlake is about."
Wolverines running back Aaris Reed fumbled on the first play from scrimmage, but that would be the last mistake Westlake (7-0 overall, 7-0 SMAC) would make the entire first half. After holding Thomas Stone on fourth down inside the Wolverines' 30-yard line, Reed, Washington and the offensive line took over. Reed moved the ball quickly downfield and set up Westlake at the Cougars' 31-yard line. When Washington got his first carry of the evening, the junior running back swept right and went untouched into the end zone for the 7-0 lead.
The drive was merely a precursor to the onslaught the Wolverines brought upon Thomas Stone (5-2, 5-2) in the second quarter. Before the quarter was through, Westlake would score 34 points to take a commanding 41-0 lead into halftime.
"Early in the game we turned the ball over," Westlake Coach Dominic Zaccarelli said. "We can't do that, and we kind of got off to a slow start. The kids did a good job, they flew around on defense and they played a good game."
Washington (six carries, 71 yards) opened the scoring in the second quarter with a 15-yard run. Reed, who ran for 141 yards on 11 carries, also scored on runs of 15, 31 and 7 yards in the quarter. Cornerback Darius Harris put an exclamation point on the quarter, weaving his way through would-be Thomas Stone tacklers on a 61-yard interception return for a touchdown.
"The defensive linemen were in the middle [of the field], and everyone else was on the outside," Harris said. "So I cut it up the middle and rubbed off their block."
Thomas Stone opened the game with a strong drive that culminated with running back Patrick Swearinger's three-yard dive up the middle. The key play on the drive was a 29-yard pass from quarterback Ryan Sirna to wide receiver Willie Milhouse that set up Swearinger's plunge. Milhouse was one of the lone bright spots for Thomas Stone, hauling in two passes for 77 yards.
But the night belonged to Westlake, which proved to all the doubters that it is indeed for real heading into highly anticipated matchups with McDonough and Lackey the final two weeks of the season after next week's game against La Plata.
"It's a big win because of the rivalry we've had with Thomas Stone over the years," Zaccarelli said. "As far as the bigger picture it's just another win until we play next week."