Westside got a 3-yard touchdown run from Sergio Campbell in the second quarter and survived a dramatic Richmond Academy scoring threat in the final minute to defeat the Musketeers, 7-0 on Friday night at ARC Stadium.
After Sanders Cummings' 32-yard punt pinned Richmond Academy on its 10-yard line with 1:01 remaining in the game, quarterback Levaughn Sloans connected on three consecutive passes - two to senior Renard James - that took the Musketeers to the Westside 15.
With only 28 seconds remaining, Kelvin Cubitt's 8-yard run moved Richmond Academy to the Westside 7. The Musketeers, who were out of timeouts, scrambled to the line in an effort to spike the ball. Sloans never get a handle on the snap, and the clock ran out.
"We knew they had plenty of athletes," said Westside head coach Gerald Barnes. "But we've got a few athletes too and we did a good job holding them in check pretty much right up until the end.
"Give those guys and Coach (Jamie) Echols all the credit in the world for fighting until the very end. You're looking at two teams who are completely out of gas. There's nothing left on either side of the field. We sucked it up and give it all we had, and that's all you can ask of these kids."
Richmond Academy outgained the Patriots 241-39 in the second half, but the yardage advantage was negated by four turnovers in the game, two after halftime.
The Patriots outgained the Musketeers 165-47 in the first half, yet could only manage the single score. Richmond Acdemy advanced as far as the 27-yard line on their second possession before turning the ball over on downs.
Sloans paced the Musketeers with 109 combined yards passing and running, while Marquel Jordan rushed for a game-high 76 yards on 14 carries. Campbell paced Westside with 51 yards on 16 carries.
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