TOWN AND COUNTRY — While the host Wildcats lived up to expectations, the Borgia football Knights earned respect Saturday afternoon.
Westminster (6-1) defeated the Knights (4-3) by a 35-20 final.
Westminster struck first with quarterback Brett Bond following his line into the end zone for a score with6:06 left in the first quarter. David Williams kicked the extra point to make it 7-0.
The Knights drove down the field on big pass plays by Justin Baylard.
He hit Todd Kleekamp for one first down and Drake Raftery for a long gain down to the Westminster five to set up a three-yard run by Kelan Winters with 3:09 left in the opening quarter. Jacob Grellner's kick tied the game at 7-7.
In the second quarter, the Wildcats pulled away.
Trey Merritt scored on a three-yard run just 1:04 into the second quarter. Williams kicked the extra point to make it 14-7 with 10:56 left in the first half.
The Wildcats seemed to have scored again with Merritt going 16 yards on a swing pass to the left, but it was called back on a hold near the end of the play.
On the next play, Brendan Bognar found Brennan Hehner for a 20-yard touchdown. Williams kicked the extra point to make it 21-7 with 8:03 left in the half.
Borgia had its moments after that. Kleekamp caught a pass for a first down out to the Borgia 35.
The Knights followed with another first down before Baylard had a pass picked off by Blake Sutphen.
Defensively, the Knights came up with a big stop. Cody Smith sacked Bond on third down and the Wildcats were forced to punt.
Westminster had one final drive, but Bret Snider broke up a fourth down passing play to halt the Wildcats.
The Knights made things interesting on their first drive of the third quarter. After forcing a punt, the Knights marched down the field.
The big play was a fake punt run by Snider into Westminster territory.
Tyler Breckenkamp and Raftery made big catches and Baylard ran inside the Westminster 10.
That set up a three-yard run by Baylard to give the Knights another score. Baylard looked for a pass, was flushed left, but then scrambled right to make the end zone. Grellner's kick cut it to 21-14 with 5:26 to play in the third quarter.
Borgia then forced the Wildcats to punt again and took over at their own 38 after the punt.
Late in the third quarter, the Wildcats got a big pass from Bond to Demetris Williams to move to the Borgia 16. The pair combined again for a 23-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter. Williams made the extra-point kick to make it 28-14 with 11:12 to play in the game.
Any chance of a Borgia comeback ended on an interception. Baylard was hit, but stayed on his feet and threw to Winters, who was hit just before the ball arrived. It was tipped and then picked off by Merritt and that set up his 27-yard run with 8:14 to play. Williams kicked the extra point to make it 35-14.
Borgia's coaches argued that there had been pass interference but none of the officials saw the play clearly enough to make a call.
The missed call figured even more into things as the Knights drove down for a seven-yard touchdown by Winters with 59 seconds to play.The extra point failed on a bad snap. Kleekamp got a pass away, but it fell incomplete.
The last touchdown came on a drive that saw the Knights lose a 77-yard run by Winters to a penalty.
The Knights then went for an onside kick but it didn't go 10 yards and the Wildcats took over.
WES - Brett Bond 1 run (David Williams kick), 6:06
BOR - Kelan Winters 3 run (Jacob Grellner kick), 3:09
WES - Trey Merritt 3 run (Williams kick), 10:56
WES - Brennan Hehner 20 pass from Brendan Bognar (Williams kick), 8:03
BOR - Justin Baylard 3 run (Grellner kick), 5:26
WES - Demetris Williams 23 pass from Bond (Williams kick), 11:12
WES - Merritt 27 run (Williams kick),8:14
BOR - Winters 7 run (pass failed),0:59