To win in football, it takes a combination of many things, from talent to desire to execution of a game plan.
And some luck doesn't hurt, either.
Westhill didn't need a lot of good fortune in its 3-0 start, but it showed up in a big way during Friday night's 28-14 victory over the Homer Trojans.
First place in the Class B West division was at stake, and Westhill was bent on avoiding the sort of scare that Marcellus gave to them a week earlier. And it took less than one quarter for the Warriors to exceed its point total from that 10-6 Marcellus win.
Dan Ross immediately hurt Homer, intercepting Mike Sciera's pass on the game's second play at the Homer 32-yard line. Four plays later, on the 17, Jeff Law went to the end zone and found Ross, giving Westhill a 6-0 lead with the game just two and a half minutes old.
A defensive stop led to a Homer punt and another Westhill scoring drive - 54 yards in five plays.
From Homer's 24-yard line, Law again went to the end zone, this time finding Nate Nigolian. Add Kevin Wilson's two-point run, and Westhill took a 14-0 edge to the second quarter.
Early in the second quarter, Westhill moved the ball to Homer's 20-yard line, where the drive stalled, and R.J. Chester came in to try a 37-yard field goal.
And here's where the luck showed up.
Chester's kick was low, and the Trojans blocked it. Normally, that leads to a dead ball, or a possible return by the team that blocks it. Either way, it's a momentum shift.
But when a Homer player missed the ball and the ball rolled toward the left sideline, Nigolian raced to the ball at the 21-yard line, picked it up, and ran into the end zone for what was certainly the strangest touchdown of his varsity career.