Westview Knights Football Recap
by Fernando Barraza
The Knights showed grit and grind all season long by rebounding from close losses early in the season. Westview Head coach Nick Gehrts guided the team to an 8-3 record, another region title and playoff berth.
Westview started the season by losing the first game against Desert Ridge 23-17. Shutout wins versus against Mountain Ridge and Alhambra followed the opening loss. The two game winning streak was cut short by Red Mountain in a heart ripping 24-21 loss. Although the game was a loss the Knights felt they should’ve won, they rebounded with a marvelous six game win streak.
This win six-game winning streak was started off by Sophomore QB Niko Vasko leading Westview to the win against Corona Del Sol. Vasko threw for 133 yards accounting for two touchdowns. Running back Albert Curry went off for 225 rushing yards and running the ball in for three touchdowns! Westview then caught fire as highly anticipated senior transfer, Chase Pope, entered the lineup as the starting quarterback in game five. Pope led the Knights to 5 straight regional victories, completing an perfect regional record. The 2018 season was Westview’s 8th consecutive regional title and continued Westview’s regional dominance.
Westview’s 8-3 record was good enough to secure a 13th seed playoff berth versus Liberty High School. The game was tough. After the first two quarters, the Knights trailed Liberty 42-0. The Knights showed resilience scoring a touchdown in the third quarter and two in the fourth quarter. While the game evidently ended up with Westview going home in a 56-21 loss, the teamed showed fight and pride, which is all you could ask for as a fan.