Westminster High’s football team used two key drives to swing the momentum in their favor and roll to a 41-20 win over Beckman in a non-league game on Saturday at Tustin High.
The game was tight through the first half, when Beckman drove for a field goal that gave them a 17-14 lead with 59 seconds left in the half. But the Lions took advantage of a good kickoff return that set them up near midfield.
Westminster moved down the field in just 46 seconds, capped by a 15-yard touchdown run by Christian Jaime that gave the Lions a 21-17 lead at halftime.
“We’ve done that twice now, score at the end of a half and that’s always huge … and that was really big for this game,” Lion Head Coach Ted McMillen said.
Adding to the momentum swing was the fact that the Lions received the second half kickoff and were able to march down and add to their lead. The Lions went 80 yards in just six plays for a touchdown. Quarterback Noah Melbon had a 24 yard pass to Chris Samilton that got them near midfield. Christian Jaime finished the drive with a 13-yard run and then a 39-yard run around the right side for the touchdown and a 28-17 lead.
With Beckman on their heels, the Westminster defense was able to clamp down on the Patriots’ offense. The Lions forced a punt that was downed on the Westminster one yard line. However, the Lion offense put together a 12-play drive that went 99 yards and was capped with a five-yard touchdown run by Jacob McGookin. Melbon had passes of 11 and 21 yards to Malachi Mesa on the drive that converted third downs to keep the drive alive.
The Lions ran for 356 total yards, led by Jaime with 216. But Westminster also got run help from McGookin and others, including Dennis Ly who ran for the final touchdown. McGookin said the offensive line opening up holes for multiple backs to have good nights.
“That just wears [opponents] down,” McGookin said.