Patriots Blank Negaunee, Await Postseason Draw

Nathan Beckman passed for two touchdowns and ran for two more as Westwood rolled past Negaunee 44-0 on Thursday.

The Patriots scored three plays into the game when Beckman tossed a 68-yard touchdown pass to Ashton Bergman. The two-point conversion gave the Pats an 8-0 advantage. Westwood doubled their lead later in the quarter as Beckman rushed into the endzone from four yards out.

The score held until the 6:31 mark in the second quarter. Faced with fourth down and goal from the 14-yard line, Beckman found Jacob Adriano wide open in the endzone. The conversion gave the Pats a 24-0 lead, which they took into halftime. Beckman capped a 53-yard scoring drive with a 14-yard touchdown scamper at the 3:10 mark in the third quarter before running untouched into the endzone on the two-point try.

Early in the fourth quarter, Beckman scrambled for a 32-yard gain on fourth and long to set up Bergman’s second touchdown of the night. Senior runningback Troy Anderson, playing in his first game since suffering a broken arm early in the season, raced 55 yards across the goal line with 2:15 left to play.

Westwood finishes the regular season 7-2 overall, 6-1 in West PAC Division A. The Patriots have not been scored on since September 14th and have put up 122 unanswered points during that stretch. Westwood is headed to the postseason for the second consecutive year and for the third time in the last four seasons. The victory on Thursday marked the first time in school history that the Patriots have won consecutive football games against Negaunee. Westwood’s first round playoff opponent and location will be announced on Sunday.

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