Entering the contest the Westlake Lions defense had not yeiled more than 14 points in a game to an opponent while averaging only 5.5 point per game against. That total rose slightly to 5.57 as they held rival Langston Hughes to six in a 14-6 victory- thanks to the defense.
With less than a minute remaining, down by one Langston Hughes was on the move behind sophomore quarterback Isaiah Green. After a completion to Montravious Atkinson for 14 yards for a first down, Green scanned the field and fired down the middle complete to…Nigel Warrior of Westlake. Warrior returned the interception 65 yards for a touchdown to seal Westlake’s 14-6 win over Langston Hughes. Warrior record two interceptions on the day.
Westlake struck first on a 13-yard touchdown pass from Dakota Rocker to Marquez Louder with 1:21 left in the first quarter. 7-0 Westlake, that score held until halftime.
On their second possession of the third quarter, Langston Hughes marched 53-yards in 5 plays to pull within 7-6 on a 41-yard touchdown toss from Green to Kenyan Houston with 6:53 remaining in the quarter, the extra point sailed wide left and was no good.
In between the scores, Westlake and Langston Hughes defenses fought to keep the other squads offense off the board, each did.
In the end it was the No.1 defense in Georgia 6A by points-per-game average sealing the deal with Nigel Warrior’s pick six. Warrior-the son of former NFL star Dale Carter, is a highly touted recruit with multiple offers from Power 5 conference schools.
Westlake (6-1; 5-0) is in control of Region 3-6A and will win the region barring things that cannot be made up. Langston Hughes falls to 6-2 overall and 4-1 in the region and should be the No.2 seed out of that region. The Lions will host South Cobb (4-4;3-2) Saturday at 2pm at Westlake High School.
Westlake earned the most wins in a season under second year head coach Bryan Love. In 2013 Westlake went 5-5 in the regular season, finishing 5-6 after a first round exit on the road to Camden County.
Langston Hughes will travel to Pebblebrook (2-6; 0-5) Friday night.