By Steve Robinson | October 27, 2019 - 10:42 pm
Posted in Category: Normal West HS, The Normalite

NORMAL – Urbana head coach Ordell Walker fully admitted after his team’s contest he knows he has a young team that lacks veteran leadership and needs room to grow and improve. The Tigers’ youth and need to grow were on full display at Wildcat Field when they visited Normal West Oct. 25. The Wildcats took full advantage of the Tigers’ predicament, defeating the visitors, 63-0, before roughly 850 fans. The victory helped the Wildcats close out the regular season with a 7-2 regular season mark, including 7-1 count against Big 12 Conference opponents.

Urbana (1-8 overall, 1-7 Big 12) received the ball first but was forced to punt on fourth down giving Normal West the ball for the first time at the Tigers’ 48 yard line. One play later, senior quarterback Carson Camp raced through the Tigers’ defense for the Wildcats first touchdown followed by a successful 2-point conversion play which featured senior running back Cole Hernandez passing to passing to junior tight end Corey Walker to put the Wildcats up, 8-0 at the 10:24 mark.

Normal West got the ball back when Urbana’s next possession ended in a punt. The Wildcats were able to score again on a 3 yard dash by senior running back Aimry Schieler, capping 3 play 48 yard drive followed by senior kicker Adam Conrad’s extra point, increasing the home team’s lead, 15-0.

After Normal West’s ensuing kickoff, Urbana began their drive at their own 20 but West senior tight end Zach Marcotte picked off the pass from Tigers senior quarterback Elijah Rodgers and dashed into the end zone for a 32 yd. interception touchdown followed by Conrad’s extra point, increasing the Wildcats’ lead, 22-0, with 6:44 left in the quarter.

Urbana was deep in their own territory when they gave Normal West another scoring opportunity toward the end of the quarter. Punting with their ball at their own 5 proved costly as the Wildcats began a drive at Urbana’s 19. Camp would pass to sophomore Max Ziebarth who scored the last touchdown of the quarter followed by Conrad’s next point after. That would give Normal West a 29-0 lead going into the second quarter.

Urbana’s next possession began at their own 40 until an Urbana fumble led to a scramble for the ball and was picked up by junior defensive back Scott Tippy who ran the ball into the end zone for a 5 yard touchdown at the 11:41 mark in the second quarter. Conrad’s extra point increased West’s lead to 36-0. Urbana’s ensuing possession also ended in a fumble turned touchdown for West as junior linebacker DeAris McQuirter converted Urbana’s mistake into a 22 yard return for a touchdown followed by Conrad’s extra point. That increased West’s lead to 43-0 with 11:10 until halftime.

The Wildcats ensuing kickoff would give the Tigers the ball at their own 39, but three plays later, another fumble, this time by Wildcats senior defensive lineman Anarius Walton, would help give West good field position, starting at Urbana’s 38. Seven plays later, Camp would connect on a 5 yard touchdown pass to junior tight end Corey Walker for a touchdown followed by another Conrad extra point. That gave Normal West a 50-0 lead going into halftime.

Once the second half began, game officials employed IHSA’s “Mercy Rule,” – as a result of the 40-point plus difference in the game score, using a continuously running clock, stopping it for only timeouts taken by a team or because of an injury. The running clock began as the third quarter opened.

Normal West received the ball to start the second half and began at their own 37. Six plays later, junior running back LaTre Billups marched into the end zone from 14 yards out for another score, followed by Conrad missing the extra point, leading to West holding a 56-0 lead.

A turnover on downs ended Urbana’s next possession, giving West the ball at the Tigers’ 15. Three plays later, senior running back Chauncey Jones dashed into the end zone for what would be the final points of the contest followed by Conrad’s extra point.

“Our kids did everything we asked of them tonight,” stated Wildcats head coach Nate Fincham. “They played hard. They played within our scheme. They did everything we expected them to do and they were respectful about it.”

He added that his players demonstrated a mindset the coaching staff has been encouraging of “start strong and play fast.” He admitted his players have been in this kind of game at times where they didn’t observe that request.

Urbana’s Walker began his postgame comments by congratulating Fincham and his players on their season. “Normal came out and did what they were supposed to do. We made a lot of mistakes which they capitalized on, and it was a great victory for them. Statistically, we continue to move the ball even though the scoreboard doesn’t show that.”

He said his team is “decimated with injuries, but who we have out there play extremely hard. We were severely outmatched today.” He said a number of players on the field for this game were junior varsity still learning the team’s strategies.

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