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Junior saves the day for Westside in wild win over Harlem

Westside 20, Harlem 18

Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 12:02 AM
Last updated 12:58 AM
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Westside players sought out Quinton Phillips after the game Friday night, each one hugging their team’s difference-maker.

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Westside linebacker Demetris Spearman (right) strips the ball from Harlem running back Austin Burt with help from Mike Bell during the second half. The Patriots came up with several key plays late, many from junior Quinton Phillips, to end their skid.  JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
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Westside linebacker Demetris Spearman (right) strips the ball from Harlem running back Austin Burt with help from Mike Bell during the second half. The Patriots came up with several key plays late, many from junior Quinton Phillips, to end their skid.

TEAM PAGE: Harlem Bulldogs

Phillips made one clutch play after another in the fourth quarter as Westside held on for a wild homecoming win over Harlem, 20-18.

The Patriots (4-2, 1-1 Region 3-AA) stopped a two-game losing streak, notched a key victory for their postseason hopes. And the team can point to Phillips and his late-game play.

In the fourth quarter alone, the junior blocked an extra point to keep Westside up one. Later, he recovered a Harlem fumble. But Phillips saved his best for the waning moments.

After a Jalen Lampkin 12-yard touchdown pass to Mason Dodd extended the Westside lead to eight with 4:23 to go, Harlem bounced back as it did all game. Quarterback Hunter Rippe engineered an 11-play, 63-yard scoring drive. Rippe’s 8-yard pass to Cody Bates in the end zone on fourth down pulled the Bulldogs within two with 1:01 remaining. On the two-point try, Westside’s Tulo Onigbanjo got pressure up the middle and Phillips picked off Rippe’s pass.

Harlem then recovered the onside kick and appeared to be in business again. Rippe completed a pass for an apparent first down to Jonathan Worrell at the 30. But Phillips came through one more time, ripping the ball away from Worrell to preserve the Westside win.

“We were getting our butts kicked and I was tired of it,” Phillips said. “I wasn’t going to lose homecoming again.”

Harlem (4-2, 0-2) amassed 310 yards of total offense, but three lost fumbles proved to be the difference.

“We hurt ourselves with a few fumbles, but I’m real proud of them,” Harlem coach Jimmie Lewis said. “They gave it everything they had. Westside played a heck of a football game, too.”

Austin Burt led Harlem with 120 rushing yards on 24 carries with a touchdown, while Rippe threw for 104 yards and a score.

DeMarcus Vaughn led Westside with 72 yards on nine rushes with two scores.

WESTSIDE 20, HARLEM 18

PLAY OF THE GAME: After Harlem scored with 61 seconds remaining to pull within two, Quinton Phillips intercepted the two-point pass play.

STAR OF THE GAME: Phillips blocked an extra point, intercepted a two-point play, forced a fumble and recovered two fumbles – all in the final 10 minutes.

WHY WESTSIDE WON: Big plays at the end.

WHY HARLEM LOST: The Bulldogs lost three fumbles, all of them costly.

NEXT: East Laurens at Harlem, 7:30 p.m., Friday; Westside at Laney, 7:30, Friday.

WESTSIDE 20, HARLEM 18

Harlem 0 6 0 12 – 18

Westside 6 0 7 7 – 20

First Quarter

W–DeMarcus Vaughn 5 run (kick failed), 5:49

Second Quarter

H–Lane Phillips 37 FG, 6:30

H–Lane Phillips 19 FG, :03

Third Quarter

W–DeMarcus Vaughn 11 run (Keaton Craw kick), 5:25

Fourth Quarter

H–Austin Burt 3 run (kick blocked), 9:27

W–Mason Dodd 12 pass from Jalen Lampkin (Craw kick), 4:23

H–Cody Bates 8 pass from Hunter Rippe (pass failed), :55.6

 HW
First Downs1413
Rushes-Yards46-20636-142
Passing Yards10462
Comp.-Att.-Int.7-13-05-6-0
Fumbles-Lost4-32-2
Punts-Yds2-733-103
Penalties-Yards10-7511-97

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING–Harlem: Austin Burt 24-120, Hunter Rippe 11-31, Jordan Dorsey 7-45, Jonathan Worrell 2-(-1), Chris Harris 1-10, Dalton Green 1-1. Westside: Demetris Spearman 13-46, Jalen Lampkin 12-15, DeMarcus Vaughn 9-72, Tyree McCord 1-9, Aaron Commings 1-0.

PASSING–Harlem: Hunter Rippe 7-13-0 104. Westside: Jalen Lampkin 5-6-0 62.

RECEIVING–Harlem: Worrell 4-79, Tyler Sheppard 1-9, Green 1-8, Cody Bates 1-8. Westside: Quinton Phillips 4-50, Mason Dodd 1-12.

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