by Cameron Curto, Sports Reporter
With a 0 win, 5 loss record so far this season, the Westhill Vikings were eager to get their first taste of triumph at their game on October 22. Despite an appetite for victory, the first quarter was completely dominated by the Danbury Hatters. After receiving the kick off from the Hatters, Westhill’s offense was quickly suppressed and forced to punt. On receiving the punt Danbury immediately put together a successful drive which lead them into the endzone.
The hatters ran in for a total of 3 touchdowns and scored 20 points before the Vikings could muster up a threatening offensive attack. The first quarter ended with the Danbury Hatters in a controlling 20-0 lead. The defense began to make some key stops, but there were no points added for either side until halfway through the quarter.
The Hatters scored their fourth touchdown of the day in the sixth minute of the second quarter bringing the score to 27-0. During the next drive Westhill quarterback R.J. Cooper completed multiple passes to wide receiver Nick Jimenez. Although this drive didn’t lead to any points, Westhill’s offense was clearly up to something. The first half ended with the Hatters up 27-0.
To start the second half, Westhill kicked off to Danbury. Immediately after receiving the ball the Hatters marched up the field. Danbury running back senior James Harrington eventually ran a 32 yard rush into the end zone, making the score 34-0. Just as it seemed Westhill might be held to another shutout, Davell Coterell returned a sensational kick to put the Vikings on the board. Toward the end of the third quarter, Westhill sent in sophomore Ryan Coppola to play in the quarterback position. Coppola had gotten his first appearance at the varsity level a few games earlier in which he led the team to a touchdown. After a three and out drive, Copper was back in command of the offense. The third quarter drew to a close with a score of 34-7.
After scoring on a great run from Coterell, Westhill brought the score to 34-14. Right after this score, Danbury passed another ball into the end zone. As the game concluded, Danbury came out on top with a score of 41-14. Westhill lost its sixth game of the season.
Photo by Ricky Villagomez, Sports Photographer