Pats Blank Archrival Ishpeming

The Westwood Patriot football team got back to winning ways Friday night, drubbing rival Ishpeming 38-0 in West PAC action.

Westwood scored on the game’s opening drive; a 60-yard march capped by a six-yard touchdown pass from Taylor Dellangelo to Chad Pohlman. The duo hooked up again on the two-point try and Westwood led 8-0 with seven minutes left in the opening quarter.

The Patriots doubled their lead with 6:35 left in the second quarter when Dellangelo raced 20 yards to the endzone then connected with Pohlman again for the two-point conversion.

Ty Alderton recovered an Ishpeming fumble near midfield on the ensuing drive and Westwood drove down to the four-yard line but the Hematites came away with a goal line stand to end the half.

Erik Anderson came up with an interception on the opening drive of the second half, then caught a 52-yard touchdown strike from Dellangelo. Anderson ran across the goal-line on the two-point try and Westwood led 24-0 with 9:55 left in the third quarter.

Dellangelo intercepted the Hematites on the following drive and followed it up with another touchdown pass to Anderson; this time from 33 yards out. The successful two-point conversion put the Pats ahead 32-0 midway through the third frame. On the first play of the fourth quarter, Pohlman snatched an interception of his own and ran it back for a Pick-Six to cap the scoring.

The victory was Westwood’s second against Ishpeming in the last 20 meetings and their first since 1998 in which a contest was held. The Patriots are now 2-2 and return home next Friday to take on Manistique for homecoming.