Western Wayne snapped its three game LFC losing streak in just about the best way imaginable Friday night.
The Wildcats used a combination of explosive offense and punishing defense to post a Homecoming victory over Montrose before a big, raucous crowd at Sharkey Rosetti Memorial Stadium.
Jayson Figueroa and Kyle Haines led the way. Figueroa rushed for nearly 200 yards and scored four touchdowns, while Haines passed for almost 200 yards and a pair of scores.
"Offensively, we showed much better balance and that's something we've been working hard on," Coach Donnie McDonough said. "I really like some of the things I saw and I hope we can sustain the momentum."
With this 41-20 win over the Meteors, Western Wayne improved its regular season record to a respectable 2-3. Next up for the 'Cats is a road trip to Taylor and a battle with Riverside.
"We always play them tough," Coach McDonough said of the Vikings. "Even when they were on their way to the state playoffs, we gave them a game. We match up well with them and I like our chances."
Opening kickoff for that Division II contest is slated for 7 p.m. Friday night.
Figueroa made his presence felt on special team in the first quarter.
Western Wayne's senior tailback brought the Homecoming crowd to its feet by returning a Montrose punt 65 yards for touchdown.
The Wildcats defense then forced the Meteors to punt and Figueroa struck again. Jayson's second return was also deep into enemy territory, setting the stage for Kourtney Harp.
A sophomore who spells Figueroa at tail, Harp made the most of his opportunity by breaking loose on a 22-yard touchdown run.
Kourtney also delivered a big play on defense by intercepting a Montrose pass.
Page 2 of 3 - "Kourtney is a very talented athlete," Coach McDonough said. "He's still young and a little bit raw, but he's improving every week. I'm expecting really big things from Kourtney the next couple of years."
Western Wayne carried a 13-0 lead into the lockerroom at halftime, then came out and utterly dominated the third quarter.
Figueroa did the majority of damage. Jayson shredded the Meteors' defensive front for two more TDs. The first came from seven yards out early in the period, while the second covered 11 yards at the 5:46 mark.
"I'm probably starting to sound like a broken record, but we rely on Jayson a lot offensively and on special teams," Coach McDonough said. "He runs very hard. You never know when he's going to break a long one."
Figueroa got involved in Western Wayne's aerial attack next.
With time ticking down in the third period, Haines connected with his tailback for a 24-yard touchdown pass, increasing the Wildcats' lead to 34-6.
For his part, Kyle turned in his best performance in the season to date. He completed 10 passes for 175 yards and a pair of TDs.
"Kyle is standing tall in the pocket and going through his progressions with much more confidence," Coach McDonough said. "He's taking ownership of the offense and that's exciting to see."
Seal the Deal
Montrose entered Week Five with zero wins and zero points scored.
While the Meteors are still searching for that elusive first win, they did finally manage to find the endzone.
Troy Ely hooked up with quarterback Patrick Parks on a 78-yard touchdown toss. William Hewes led the rushing attack with 133 yards on 27 carries.
Page 3 of 3 - Haines struck once more to seal the deal on a thrilling Homecoming victory.
Kyle's favorite target in this particular night was freshman wideout Scotty Walck, who hauled in five passes. However, it was sophomore tight end Brandon Tuite who capped the scoring.
Tuite found his way into the endzone from seven yards away and earned high marks from his rookie skipper.
"Brandon is growing up fast as a football player," said Coach McDonough.
"He's also starting at one of our inside linebacker spots and doing a nice job. Brandon really stepped up out there tonight."
Score by Quarters...
WW (2-3) 13 0 21 7 - 41
MTR (0-5) 0 0 6 14 - 20