Big Plays Power Windward Football To Win Over Kilpatrick

Wildcats record six interceptions in victory

Sunday, 13 Oct 2013, 5:28:00 PM

Dennis Freeman

Windward quarterback Connor Simpson helped guide the team to a 47-22 win against Kilpatrick.
Photo by Dennis Freeman
Windward quarterback Connor Simpson helped guide the team to a 47-22 win against Kilpatrick.

Los Angeles-Windward defensive back Drew Bryant picked

off two passes for interceptions against Kilpatrick. Bryant’s 62-yard

interception return for a touchdown with five seconds remaining before halftime

was the play that put the dagger in any chance that Kilpatrick might have had

in defeating the home team.

As it was, Bryant’s pick six heading into intermission

gave Windward a comfortable 26-14 lead. The Wildcats used that momentum to cash

in on a 47-22 win against Kilpatrick at Windward.

After going down in defeat for the first time this season

last week, Windward improves its record to 5-1. With time winding down on the

second quarter, Bryant took the ball that bounced off a Kilpatrick receiver’s

hand and raced to the endzone untouched to give Windward an insurmountable lead

that Kilpatrick couldn’t recover from.     

The Mustangs dropped to 3-4 on the season with the loss. Windward

came out and scored 14 points in the first quarter. The Wildcats then added

another 12 points in the second period to take a 12-lead going into the locker

room.

Still, Windward coach Alvin Cowan said he thought Kilpatrick

came out and gave his team more than it could handle in the first half.   

“They came out and punched us in the mouth,” Cowan said. “I

didn’t feel like we were playing at our level of football. We couldn’t run the

football. They’re a good team. They’re well-coached and they have a great

offense.”

With that said, Cowan have a pretty decent offense

himself. Quarterback Connor Simpson completed 11 of 19 passes for 165 yards on

the afternoon, including tossing touchdown passes of 50 and 37 yards. The

Wildcats only totaled 280 yards on offense for the day.

However, the play of Windward’s defense and special teams’

units gave the Wildcats some extra help. Besides Bryant’s electrifying

interception return in the first half, wide receiver Austin Webster contributed

with a 64-yard punt return for a score to go along with a couple of pass

receiving touchdowns he had.

Webster also had an interception return for a touchdown

called back because of a penalty. Defensively, the Wildcats did a lot of

bending but didn’t break. The Windward defense allowed Kilpatrick to make some

big plays during the game.

But its defense, led by Bryant, who recorded 11 total tackles

and returned a fumble for a 25-yard score, made some big plays of its own. The

Wildcats registered six interceptions for the game.

After N’Gai Wyatt hauled in a long touchdown pass in the

third quarter to bring Kilpatrick within striking distance of the Wildcats,

Windward put up 21 second half points to run away to its fifth win of the

season. Webster’s long punt return for a touchdown and a horde of interceptions

by Windward’s secondary closed out any hopes Kilpatrick had of coming back.

Besides Bryant and Webster, Noah Kingsdale, Riley Jameson

and Kyle Brisacher recorded interceptions for Windward. Windward take on

Marshall next week in an Alpha-East League matchup in Pasadena.

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