The top two teams in six-man Division I football squared off in Westbrook last Friday in a highly anticipated district showdown. Westbrook struck first as quarterback Kenan Morris plucked a low snap off the ground and found receiver Elishah Stark, who spun his way in for the score. Sterling City answered though as Hudson Cox found receiver Damian Calderon on a 46-yard bomb to knot the score up at eight. Sterling City running back Cross Knittel struck next, taking a pitch on the right side and cutting upfield, racing away for a 25-yard score to put Sterling City up 16-8.
The Eagle defense came up with some huge plays on the night too as Calderon intercepted three passes and Chance Ferguson forced a huge fumble when Westbrook was knocking at the door and threatening to tie the game at the Sterling City two yard line. Sterling City was able to keep Westbrook at arms’ length in the second half and a late 11-yard touchdown run by Cross Knittel that put the Eagles up by 18 was the final nail in the coffin as Sterling City came away with a 38-28 victory.
“I was really proud of the effort that the entire team gave last Friday night,”
Sterling City head coach Trey Sisco said.
“It was a great atmosphere for us to play in and the team handled it well.”
With this victory, Sterling City has now knocked off Westbrook, #3 Borden County, #5 May, and #6 Happy this season.
“I think we have learned a lot about ourselves this season by playing some of the top teams in the state and I believe that it has helped prepare us for the challenges that we will face in the future,”
“Now we have to continue to work hard in practice and keep getting better every week so that we can achieve our goals for the season.”
With an impressive résumé in hand, these Eagles are battle-tested and will be one of the favorites to take home a state crown when the playoffs roll around in two weeks time.