Rushing Roulette

Westfield's Cody Neidig, left, carries the ball through the Putnam defense during Friday night's game under the lights of Billy Bullens Field. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

Westfield’s Cody Neidig, left, carries the ball through the Putnam defense during Friday night’s game under the lights of Billy Bullens Field. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

WESTFIELD – The Westfield High School football team has been involved in a game of rushing roulette this season, and anyone choosing to stand in the path of the Bombers’ backs has proven to be a bad gamble.
Westfield rushed for five touchdowns – Cody Neidig and Ben Geschwind had two apiece – and the Bombers trampled Putnam 35-22 Friday night at Bullens Field.
The only things Westfield struggled with, save for a few untimely penalties, were its opening drive when a Bombers’ pass fluttered into the arms of Putnam’s Caleb Worrell.
From that point on it was a ground assault from the Bombers.
Westfield needed just seven plays on its next possession to drive 62 yards. The Bombers, aided by quarterback Jake Toomey’s 29-yard run, scored on Neidig’s 9-yard scamper with 6:34 remaining in the opening quarter.
On its next drive, Westfield scored in just four plays. Neidig ran 40 yards for another touchdown, providing his team with a 13-0 lead with just over two minutes remaining in the first quarter.
Westfield probably would have scored on its next possession except a fumbled pitch resulted in a turnover. But the Bombers defense was stout, forcing Putnam backwards before a punt.
From its own 30, Westfield drove the length of the field in three minutes. Bombers’ fullback Ben Geschwind rumbled through the heart of the Putnam defense for a 30-yard score. A 2-point run from Toomey made it 21-0 with 6:41 left before halftime.
Putnam finally broke onto the scoreboard with the aid of a big personal foul penalty, Jaleel Kyles’ 20-yard run, and some razzle dazzle. Westfield snuffed out a reverse on third down, but the Beavers converted a fourth-and-goal from the 8 on a halfback pass from Milton Crawford to David Spears with 2:54 left in the half.
In the third quarter, Putnam put a brief scare into the partial Whip City crowd.
Putnam came out of the locker room and reeled off a 10-play, 73-yard drive. The Beavers ripped off a 34-yard run from Crawford, and a 38-yard catch-and-run from Josh Ortiz to Kym Domino, before scoring on Crawford’s one-yard burst with 7:31 left in the third quarter. Domino’s 2-point run brought his team within 21-14.
Westfield reclaimed a two-touchdown lead on the next drive.
After starting out on their own 45, the Bombers drove 55 yards in 10 plays. Rashaun Rivers raced 17 yards for the TD with 3:29 left in the quarter. Geschwind tacked on a 2-point run.
Putnam wasted little time closing the gap again. The Beavers chewed up quick chunks of yardage before scoring on Crawford’s 5-yard run with 1:54 left on the third quarter clock. A 2-point pass left Westfield in front, 29-22.
Early in the fourth, Westfield put the game out of reach. The Bombers capped a long drive with Geschwind rumbling four yards for a touchdown.

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