Westfield runs district win streak to 17 with 31-3 victory over Eisenhower
The Mustangs extended their district winning streak to 17 consecutive games with a 31-3 victory against Eisenhower in Week 10, securing at least a share of their second straight district championship.
The win also kept them perfect on the season, 8-0 overall.
"It definitely beats the alternative," coach Matt Meekins joked.
"But these guys are working hard, getting better each day, and really not focusing on anything but their job and what they have to do to make this team and their unit better."
Westfield can secure the 16-6A title outright with a win over Davis on Friday, Nov. 10, at George Stadium.
Meekins hopes they do, but again, that's not their focus.
The Mustangs are more interested in chasing a regional championship after losing to Klein Collins in the Class 6A Division II Region II final last year at Conroe ISD's Woodforest Bank Stadium.
"Honestly, we've never talked about winning a district championship," Meekins said.
"We've never talked about winning. We talk about being our best and doing our best, and winning the next play."
Meekins didn't know what playoff route his team would take after Eisenhower.
If Nimitz qualifies, they'll go Division I and if Davis is in, they're in Division II, and Nimitz and Davis still had to play each other.
But he said they're prepared for either path.
Westfield opened with non-district wins against North Shore (37-20) and Clear Springs (28-23) before dominating in district with a stifling defense and 16-6A's leading passer, quarterback Terrance Gipson.
The Eagles challenged them defensively, holding them to their fewest points in a month, but they still rolled to victory.
"I knew going in their defense, from watching video and seeing them in person, was pretty good," Meekins said. "They have some really good size on their front line, some good speed and linebackers who run to the ball."
Eisenhower's defense is good. Westfield's is better.
The Mustangs have allowed only one touchdown in the last five games, with shutouts over Dekaney (22-0), Nimitz (50-0) and Aldine (73-0), and Meekins says they have the right mindset to excel.
"They're playing well together, feeding off each other, and they're well-coached," he said.
"It all starts up front, and then the linebackers are reading their keys and fitting well off the guys in front of them, and the safeties are fitting off them."
Meekins doesn't post defensive stats until after the season because he doesn't want players focused on individual accomplishments, but several leaders have emerged, including defensive linemen Keondre Coburn, Josh Carr and Chris Robinson, and cornerback Josh Jones (who has two interceptions).
Coburn (6-1, 329 pounds) is a high-motor tackle who is committed to Texas.
"He's out there having fun and being consistent play after play," Meekins said. "The thing about him is, he's big and strong, but people don't realize how well he runs and how quick he is off the ball.
"You take his size and mass, and it's pounding you in your face play after play, it's got to get old real quick."
Carr, an end, committed to McNeese State on Nov. 1.
The Mustangs also boast a competent kicker in Brandon Amaya, who's hit seven field goals.
Gipson threw for 106 yards and one touchdown against Ike, giving him 1,200 yards and 10 TDs on 74-of-123 passing.
The junior also ran for his fifth score in Week 10.
"Our offensive line's doing a good job, but if need be, he can extend plays and draw the defense to him, and then complete the ball downfield some when he has to scramble," Meekins said.
"He hasn't had to scramble a whole lot, but he has the ability to extend plays."
The Mustangs look to extend their winning streak against Davis, then ride that momentum deep into the playoffs.
"As coaches, and being around these guys, we want to see their mindset, narrowing their focus and getting a little better every day, and then we'll have a chance," Meekins said.
Jason McDaniel is a freelance writer who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next up: The Mustangs close the regular season with Davis at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, at George Stadium.