Westside was confronted with numerous must-stop plays in the final minutes against Harlem.
The Patriots made enough stops in crucial spots to get a 20-18 win this past Friday.
Along with a blocked extra point and forced and recovered fumbles, Westside made an interception on a two-point conversion attempt in the fourth quarter that would have tied the game with 55.6 seconds to play. That stand is the Play of the Week.
Right after Westside gave up the touchdown, the Patriots’ Tolu Onigbanjo supplied pressure from the outside on the conversion, easily putting Harlem quarterback Hunter Rippe under duress. Forced to hurry a throw, Rippe threw to the end zone, where Westside’s Quinton Phillips got the interception.
IN THEIR OWN WORDS:
“They took these two guys and did a little pick play,” Westside coach Steve Hibbitts said about two receivers on the touchdown moments earlier. “One went in, and one of them ended up going out and actually picked the inside receiver. The strong safety ended up getting caught up in it.
“On the two point-conversion, they tried the same thing, but, obviously, the thing that messes them up is Tolu gets immediate pressure on him. So [Rippe] has to throw it a little bit early.”
“I just kind of saw a hole and I took advantage of it,” Onigbanjo said. “I kind of knew what play was coming. I knew there was an opportunity.”
“My job was to stay in that zone in the flats,” Phillips said. “I saw the tight end just roll out. Reading the quarterback, I just intercepted the ball.”