Defense sets tone in opening night 52-0 shutout
There will be bigger fish to fry for Lee this season. But given recent history, it’s hard to take any win for granted.
The Ganders dominated in all phases of the game, knocking off host Westbury 52-0 at Butler Stadium Friday night. Lee took a quick 14-0 lead with only four yards of total offense and proceeded to put the Huskies out of their misery with a running clock in the second half.
“I felt we came out and our special teams did well, our defense set us up early and also scored,” Lee head coach Tim Finn said. “We had some explosive plays and we have some guys that can do that. We jumped on them early and a lot of people got to play.”
Defensively, Lee was able to build on its last scrimmage and take it up a notch. The Huskies were held to 90 total yards and committed three turnovers.
“One of our missions this year was being able to stop the run,” Finn said. “There are some veteran guys in there that are still underclassmen that had to take their lumps last year. They have grown up a year and matured a lot. Hopefully that pays off.”
The first miscue was on an Adrian Boston interception returned deep into Westbury territory. Moments later, Ijenea Wooley scampered in from four yards out. With the Gilbert Nunez extra point, Lee led 7-0.
Ja’Kenan Davis found the scoreboard next on a 76-yard punt return, the first of his two touchdowns on the night. Wooley found Elijah Partida for two touchdowns in the half. He finished the night with three receptions for 104 yards. There was also a 59-yard interception return for a score by Joseph Johnson.
Nunez had a standout night in his first varsity action, converting all nine extra point attempts with a 27-yard field goal.
Lee scored on its first drive of the second half to take a commanding 52-0 lead. Davis broke free through the middle for what appeared to be a long touchdown run. A penalty moved the ball back but it was only a matter of time. Wooley capped all scoring with an 8-yard pass to Adrian Boston. The senior quarterback was 6 of 11 for 138 yards and three touchdowns along with 43 yards on six carries.
“They had a pretty good front coming at us,” Finn said. “They had some pretty good folks in their defensive line and we have a young offensive line. We have to improve but they were facing some good folks.”
The only downside of the evening was penalty issues. The Ganders committed nine for 110 yards. Finn attributed to the dirty laundry to mixing new players in and out for their first varsity action.
Davis racked up 75 yards on five carries and also added a key sack defensively. Adrian Boston had two receptions for 26 yards and the interception. The Ganders will return to action at 7 p.m. Thursday when they look to avenge last year’s loss to Splendora at Stallworth Stadium.