RECAP: Westside’s Season Ends with Loss to Wildcats


Ariel Smith

Sophomore Cole Payton rushes during Westside's first round matchup with Lincoln East.

The Warrior football team’s season came to an end Friday as they lost by a single touchdown to the Millard West Wildcats. The game, which resulted in a 28-21 score, took place at Phelps Field at Westside in front of two student sections decked out in blue in honor of Blake McKune, a Millard West student who tragically passed on.

After going down 7-0 early, junior Grant Tagge grabbed a 41 yard touchdown to tie the game at seven with 2:13 to go in the first quarter. The second quarter was all defence as neither team was able to add points to the board, so the score stood at a 7-7 tie going into halftime. Millard West reclaimed the lead at 14-7 with 6:51 to go in the third before sophomore Cole Payton threw a pass to Avante Dickerson which tied the game at 14 a piece. The Wildcats responded with a couple touchdowns to make the game 28-14 with 2:15 left in the fourth. However, the Warriors would not go out without a fight. Payton scrambled for a 34 yard touchdown cutting the the score to a one possession ball game at 28-21 before Millard West ticked the rest of the game clock out.

Sophomore Avante Dickerson said his team gave it all.

“It’s a hard loss, we fought until the clock hit zero. We left everything on the field. All we can do is just keep working and get better in the offseason,” Dickerson said

Despite the loss, the Warriors, who finish the season with an 9-2 record, had many highlights this season including a 37-2 win against arch rival Creighton Prep and a 34-7 playoff win to send Lincoln East home.