Times Staff Reporter
Quarterback Cogan Keith had an MVP-like performance as he led the West Central Wildcats to a victory over the Indiana Cutters 49-0 Saturday afternoon, increasing their winning streak to five straight.
The Wildcats started the game hot offensively as Keith hit wide receiver Mike Landry for a 40 yard reception. However, West Central was unable to capitalize on the play as the first quarter ended with the score still 0-0.
Although the Wildcats weren't able to score in the first, they made up for it on the first play of the second quarter.
Keith looked over the defense and saw open room in front of him and decided to take off himself.
He avoided a pair of defenders as he found his way into the end zone on the 24-yard touchdown play.
Logan Valentine connected on the extra point and West Central was ahead, 7-0.
On the Wildcats' following drive, Steve Belleu made the most of his blocking and made a spectacular 29-yard run. However, the drive ended with West Central getting stopped on 4th down.
Later in the second, Keith again wowed spectators as he threaded the needle to tight end Derek Thompson in the end zone. Thompson jumped up and snatched the ball the air for six points.
After the extra point, the score was 14-0 Wildcats, a low total for West Central's standards.
"It didn't start out quite the way we wanted it to," West Central head coach Mike Rindone said. "I think they kind of caught us sleeping a little bit in the beginning."
Not to worry though, they came out firing on all cylinders after halftime.
Belleu again found himself running past defenders for a 19-yard run to Indiana's three-yard line.
Two plays later, Keith scored a touchdown on a one-yard run, pushing the lead to 21-0 following the extra point.
Valentine, the Wildcats' kicker and punter, was consistently making things difficult for the Cutters by recording four touchbacks on kickoffs throughout the game.
Later in the third, Belleu finally got his touchdown for the day, a 14-yard mad dash making the score 28-0.
Later in the game, everybody was able to get into the West Central scoring frenzy as Butch Auler scored from 49 yards out on a scamper that left Indiana stunned.
Cornerback Kenneth Wilson got the defense involved in the scoring as he picked off a Cutters' pass and took it all the way back to the house.
"The shutout is always the goal" Rindone said. "The defense played fantastic as they usually do."
Fullback Chris Stepp put the button on the game with a four-yard touchdown in the final quarter.
West Central's next game is at Kosciusko County to take on the Mustangs.
At Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology