Story by Jim Horvath
Photos and video by Larry Bennet
It’s Labor Day 2012, and the Little Brown Jug has resumed the same spot it has called home over the past 11 years:
In the Westlake trophy case.
The Demons sputtered offensively, but dominated on defense Friday night in a 13-3 win over Bay before a huge crowd at Memorial Stadium. Westlake moved to 2-0 on the season, mostly by holding the Rockets to 160 yards of total offense.
“We gave up a couple of plays here and there, but overall we held things together defensively,” said Westlake head coach Mark Campo last Friday night. “They couldn’t do much against us offensively.”
The Demons took a 13-0 lead on a pair of touchdown runs by Logan Paul, who led the offense with 109 yards rushing on the night. He scored on an 11-yard run to cap off the opening drive of the game for the only points the Demons really needed. His 12-yard run for six came in the second quarter.
Paul also had a big night defensively from his linebacker spot, according to Campo.
“He was in on a lot of tackles tonight,” he said. “He was definitely a difference-maker for us on both sides of the ball.”
Paul and the Demon defense had a big series at the end of the first half when the Rockets drove down to the Westlake 5-yard line with 32 seconds left. Bay failed to reach the end zone as time expired.
Westlake ran for 250 yards on the night, but had a pair of touchdowns called back because of penalties. Bay’s only points came on a 34-yard field goal in the second quarter from Alec White.
“We left a lot of points on the field tonight,” Campo said. “It was not a good offensive performance for us. We moved the ball up and down the field, but we stopped ourselves with mistakes and penalties.”
Rocket quarterback Jake Best completed 12 of 22 passes for 119 yards and ran the ball for 33 yards on 10 carries.
Up next: Westlake travels to Rocky River (1-1), which dropped a 26-21 decision to Parma Friday night. Bay (1-1) travels to Fairview to close out the non-conference part of the season. The Warriors (0-2) lost at Cuyahoga Heights 34-13.