Wednesday, December 3, 2008


**A.J. Westendorp throws a TD**
**Jason Ray picks up yards after a catch**
**Bennie Fowler finds running room**
**Lee Bailey brings down A.J. Westendorp after a short gain**

It's never been a question about how good Country Day is, and for the last two seasons they have been in the category of the state's elite teams- but for the second straight season the Yellowjackets have advanced to Ford Field only to run into a hot quarterback. Actually, calling Holland Christian quarterback A.J. Westendorp's performance hot is an understatement. What he did was flat out remarkable as Westendorp led a second half rally to deliver a 35-20 win.

Country Day opened the game with a two play drive to take a 6-0 lead before Holland even knew what hit them. Bennie Fowler took an end around and ran for 35 yards and then Josh Harris hooked up with his big brother, Allen Harris, for the 31 yard score.

Westendorp struck back with two TD passes to take a 14-6 lead after one quarter of play. The first touchdown went 25 yards to Nic Kiekover and the second went 10 yards to Matt Hochhalter. O'Neil Swanson answered back with his own pair of touchdown runs (6 and 3 yards) for Country Day to give the Yellowjackets a 20-14 halftime lead.

The third quarter belonged to Westendorp as he just controlled the ball and found the endzone three times. Westendorp's 22 yard TD pass to Jordan Mast gave Holland a 21-20 lead, the play was set up by a blocked punt. Westendorp then found sophomore Willie Snead from 14 yards out and Jeff Vroom's 2 yard score put the exclamation mark on the win.


Holland Christian- zero dropped passes, as good as Westendorp was, his receivers were just as good as they caught everything. I thought the CD athletes would give Christian a problem but they did a good job of suffocating them defensively.

Country Day- the defensive scheme was solid but you just can't game plan for a performance like Westerdorp's. They attacked from different angles and dropped back in coverage but nothing worked. In the second half penalties slowed down drives and they just didn't get enough chances to score. The Yellowjackets return a strong nucleus of players, so will next year be the year?

Game MVP: A.J. Westendorp, H.C.- completed 26 of 33 passes for 318 yards and 4 TD's to go with 120 rushing yards on 19 carries. What made the performance so special is how the 6-2/215 pound QB gave himself time by sliding around the pocket, and making the correct decision to throw and take off running. He spread the ball around to eight different receivers.

Willie Snead IV, H.C.- the sophomore receiver runs perfect routes, and can make the tough catch off balanced. He finished with 9 catches for 81 yards and a TD.

Bennie Fowler, CD- Fowler ran 11 times for 81 yards and had 5 catches for 84 yards; showing his versatility. Holland was all over the Michigan State commit but he was still a factor. I'm very confident that he will have a great career at MSU.

Josh Harris, CD- the sophomore QB completed 14 of 26 passes but his teammates had atleast 5 drops. He was composed on the big stage and did a good job making the correct decision.

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