Originally created 10/26/02

Patriots rebound with win



Looking to rebound from its first loss of the season at the hands of Washington County last week, Westside did just that.

The ninth-ranked Patriots (7-1) blanked Cross Creek (0-8) on Friday night at Razorback Stadium, 28-0.

"Last week, we knew that Washington County had a good team and we felt like we had a pretty good team," said Westside coach Gerald Barnes. "We just didn't get it done down there. This week is different of course, and the season still goes on. We've still got to concentrate on what we're doing, and hopefully something good will happen for us."

Westside's Aundra Ellison ran for 202 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries. His night's work put him over the 1,100-yard mark for the season.

"At the beginning of the year, our offensive line was pretty inexperienced," Barnes said. "They've come around and played hard. Aundra is a good runner, but any good back has got to have some good people blocking for him."

Ellison carried the ball six of seven plays on the Patriots' first drive, gathering 73 yards and a touchdown with 8:38 remaining in the first quarter. The Patriots kept the ball on the ground for the remainder of the first half. Duane Greggscored on a 4-yard run with 7:37 to go in the second quarter to give Westside a 14-0 halftime lead.

The second half looked like a repeat of the first as Westside's defense continued to shut down Cross Creek's offense.The Patriots continued to gather yards behind their strong rushing attack.

"Our defense had a few break downs," Barnes said. "But I think we survived those and was able to keep us in good field position, and that made the difference for our offense."

Ellison scored on a 1-yard run in the third quarter, and a 37-yard run with 10:23 remaining in the game, which was set up byTony LeZotte'sfirst of two interceptions.