Westlake’s 0-4 record could be deceiving

Published 8:11 am Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Westlake High School Lions, the Bainbridge High School Bearcats’ opponent Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Centennial Field, are 0-4, but three of their losses have been by very close margins.

The Lions opened the season with a 31-15 loss to Hillgrove. They took an early 7-0 lead on a touchdown pass from quarterback Renard Battle to wide receiver Caleb Green. They were still up 7-0 at halftime.

They dopped a 29-22 decision to South Cobb in their second game of the season. Running back Jordan Thomas scored two touchowns, and Battle scored on a run.

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After losing 18-7 to Creekside to go 0-3, the Lions dropped a 20-18 heartbreaker last Friday night. Junior place kicker Jordan Goodlett missed a potential game-winning field goal with just 30 seconds left.

The Lions operate from a wide-open offense and spread receivers all over the field, Bainbridge football coach Ed Pilcher said.

“Westlake has a lot of skilled athletes and we know our pass and run defrnse will be tested,” he said. “They remind me a lot of East Gadsden, who we lost to in our opener.

“Offensively, while Westlake bases out of an I-formation, they will spread you out, use some four-receiver sets and do a lot of throwing. Defensively they are very aggressive and will really get after you.”