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The West Central Heat football team under first year coach Roger Kerfoot, of La Harpe, boosted their record to 3-1 defeating the Ridgewood Spartans on Friday with a score of 12-7.
The Spartans found the end zone on their first play of the game when Dusty Werner took the kickoff 80 yards for the score. That would be all the scoring the Spartans would do on the night.
The Heat's defense played well as they held Ridgewood to only 170 yards on 33 plays.
Junior Dustin Hawk led the Heat in tackles. The hardworking defensive line consists of Juniors Austin Pullen, Chris Cooper, Dustin Hawk, and Senior Dylan Kindig.
The Heat scored in the second quarter on a 4-yard touchdown run by Junior Shane Cavanaugh. He had eight carries for 44 yards.
The Heat would score again when Senior Quarterback Dylan Bell scored the second touchdown for the Heat in the 3rd quarter with a 9-yard run. Dylan finished with 14 carries for 57 yards and went 3-8 for 43 yards and two picks.
Senior fullback Toby Krow led the offense with 16 carries for 114 yards.
The Heat( 3-1) travel to Annawan( 2-2) this Friday to take on the Titans. Game time is 7 PM.
This win puts the playoff in reach for the Heat after a miserable season last year when the Heat ended scoreless having lost 13 games.
With a new coach hired in May who had some new ideas for the West Central squad, Coach Kerfoot quickly put some camps together to see the talents of the team and to implement a new game plan.
The first game crushed the losing streak with a score of 47-0 when the team played West Prairie at Sciota. The second game was the Heat's first homegame and they gave the fans a good time as they beat River Valley in their second win for the Heat 36-0. This was the first time the Heat has won a 2nd game in a season since 2006 and they were leaving their opponent scoreless.
Sept. 11th at the Heat's Biggsville home field, gave the Heat and Coach Kerfoot their first loss (38-7) in a postponed Friday night game with undefeated and tough Mercer County (Aledo) due to a lightning and rain storm.
The 12-7 Ridgewood win Friday put the Heat back on track as the regular season reaches mid-point this Friday at Annawan/Wethersfield.