The Hot Dogs tried to answer, driving to the Panther 33 before turning it over on downs. Western responded with another long march, going 67 yards in 16 plays and eating up more than half of the fourth quarter. Alexander scored his third TD of the night on another 4-yard plunge, and Ben Lenahan, who rushed for 100 yards on 21 carries, added the conversion for a 32-0 lead.
The Panthers, who squib-kicked all night, recovered the ensuing kickoff with 4:19 to play. Reserves Brooklyn Watters and Min Park continued the rushing onslaught, and Western added the final score on Watters’ 17-yard scamper with just 27 seconds left. Park’s conversion dive made the final 40-0.
Andrews was especially proud of his big men on the line.
“Give credit to the offensive line,” he said. “Brett Boswell, David Grimme, Sydnee Allen, Logan Shepherd and Dante Graham did a great job along with Skylar Braden as a tight end and even [wideout] Kyler Vail.”
Next week, Western travels to Eastbrook to take on the Class 3A No. 6-ranked Panthers. Last year, Eastbrook beat Western twice, including a 31-28 heartbreaker in the sectional finals.