As it tore to a 4-0 start and feasted on lesser opposition, the Westhill football team knew that total respect would only come with a high-profile win against a high-profile opponent.
And the Warriors took care of that problem last Friday night, taking out defending Section III Class B champion Homer 24-14 in a battle of undefeated teams atop the Class B West division.
Twice, Westhill fell behind the Trojans. Twice, it rallied, ultimately using its lethal passing game and ability to make big plays to put Homer away.
"We know how to stick together," said quarterback Dan Fetter. "The fact that we can come back on this kind of team speaks a lot about us."
Not only that, but the Warriors showed a lot of patience and grit. Twice in the first half, Homer turned it over, but Westhill could not turn either gift into points, resulting in a 7-7 deadlock at the break.
Already, though, the Warriors showed that it could respond when threatened. Homer had grabbed a 7-0 edge late in the first quarter with an 82-yard drive that consumed more than five minutes of clock before Mark Brenchley scored from 12 yards out.
After a good kick return, Fetter immediately went to the air from the shotgun formation, finding his biggest target, Jim Ross, for completions of 19 and 32 yards. Dale Ross then used a 15-yard run to set up his own one-yard TD plunge that tied it, 7-7, barely two minutes after Homer had gone ahead.
So it remained until the third quarter. Taking the second-half kickoff, the Trojans went on a patented 80-yard march, all of it on the ground. Brenchley, who finished with 23 carries for 128 yards, accounted for most of those yards, but it was teammate Kevin Reese that scored on a one-yard run that put Homer back in front, 14-7.