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Westlake football team holds off Rocky River to remain undefeated

Bill Mayville, Special to The Plain Dealer, September 07, 2012 11:41 p.m.
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ROCKY RIVER, Ohio — The offense was effective, sometimes explosive, the defense was dominant and opportunistic, and Logan Paul and Shawn Turk each found the end zone twice.

That was more than enough for Westlake to hold off a second-half rally by Rocky River, as the Demons stopped the Pirates, 29-13, in a nonleague football game at Rocky River Stadium on Friday.

The Demons (3-0) showed flashes of dominance, but recurring bad habits in the form of excessive and untimely penalties prevented Westlake from putting the game away early. Holding a 20-0 lead late in the second quarter, Westlake took over on their 41-yard-line and quickly advanced to the Rocky River 29 before the Demons self-destructed.

Westlake was whistled for five penalties on the drive — two unsportsmanlike conduct/late hits, two delay-of-game penalties and one holding call — and were ultimately pushed out of scoring range and forced to punt.

It was the second straight week the Demons struggled to keep the penalties under control, but coach Mark Campo is confident they will be able to clean up that area of their game.

“We’re still shooting ourselves in the foot with penalties,” Campo said. “I told the team that we can’t do things like that against Southwestern Conference teams.

“They don’t realize yet how good they could be if we just fix a few things. But that’s a good thing — they’re fixable, and the guys are going to go back and work and we’re going to go back and coach our fannies off and get ready on both sides of the ball.”

The Westlake attack was paced by senior tailback Paul, who capped the Demons’ opening drive with a 3-yard touchdown run, and then had a 60-yard touchdown run on Westlake’s first play of the second quarter.

“Logan is a hard runner,” Campo said. “He plays fast, he plays hard, he plays physical, he is on the field the whole time, and he’s tough to bring down.

“We’re trying to get him to run a little bit lower, but he’s starting to figure it out, and he’s definitely a weapon.”

For the second straight week, Rocky River (1-2) struggled out of the gate before making a run in the second half, but once again the deficit was too big to overcome.

“We don’t give up,” Rocky River coach Rick Adams said. “I told [the team] I’m not questioning effort. We just have to come out and at the beginning of the game — and at some point — somebody has to step up and make a play.

“We’ve just got to come out and play four quarters.”

Bill Mayville is a freelance writer in Parma Heights.

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