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FOOTBALL: A-W blanks West Sioux

Monday, October 10, 2011

AKRON -- Akron-Westfield's defense limited West Sioux to 99 yards of total offense in a 41-0 district win on Friday in Akron.

The Westerners rolled up 335 total yards behind Taylor James' 169 yard rushing attack as they improved to 2-1 in district play and 5-2 on the year.

A-W wasted little time getting on the board in the Week 7 win.

Less than one minute into the battle between the Highway 12 rivals, the Westerners scored on Chet Willer's 10-yard touchdown run to take a quick 7-0 lead.

Halfway through the opening quarter, James scampered into the end zone on a 10-yard run and added his second extra point of the game to put A-W ahead 14-0 with 6:40 to play in the first quarter.

Chet Utesch returned a West Sioux punt 63 yards with 4:46 remaining in the opening quarter to give A-W a 20-0 advantage.

Senior quarterback Chance Klemme scored on a 6-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter and James added a 32-yard scoring run with 8:46 to play until halftime.

Willer rounded out the scoring for A-W with a 21-yard touchdown run with 3:12 to play in the first half. A-W led 41-0 at halftime and did not allow West Sioux to score for the remainder of the contest.

The Westerners scored each of their first half possessions and punted just once in the second half.

A-W chewed up the final 7:01 of the game to secure the win.

James rushed for 169 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries to lead the Westerners.

Klemme added 56 yards on four carries while Daniel Dirks rushed nine times for 34 yards.

Willer had two carries for 31 yards and two touchdowns.

Klemme attempted just one pass in the win, which he completed for a 42-yard gain. Utesch was on the receiving end of Klemme's only pass.

Defensively, Ethan Hecht led the Westerners with six solo and six assisted tackles, including two for loss.

Cody Bosse had six solo stops and assisted on one more while Daniel Beitelspacher totaled three solo and five assisted tackles.

Zach Tindall had three solo and four assisted tackles while Willer had three solo stops and three assists.

A-W (5-2, 2-1) hosts Clay Central-Everly (0-6, 0-2) in Week 8 before ending the season on the road against Class A No. 1 Gehlen Catholic.

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