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West Rowan 33 Burns 7

November 26, 2011
By Kenyon Houston of West Rowan High School

No one gave the West Rowan Falcons, a chance at going back to their 4th consecutive State Championship, but after their 33-7 romp over Burns that’s exactly where their headed. Right from the first play from scrimmage — a 70-yard touchdown run by Miller was nullified by a Falcons penalty. “The first play surprised me,” Miller said. “But as soon as I broke it I sensed this was going to be a one-sided game. I felt it in my heart.”  Miller, who had a career best 266 yards rushing, to go along with 3 touchdowns gave all the credit to his offensive line. “It was all on my offensive line, they would hold their blocks for a little while, and just enough for me to make some cuts and break free.”  

West racked up 438 total yards on offense, while the defense held all-everything Darius Ramsey, to 39 yard rushing. “They’re so good up front,” Burns coach Matt Beams of West Rowan (13-2).  “They’re really good on the offensive and defensive lines.” After West scored on its first possession, two plays into Burns’ opening possession, West Rowan recovered the first of the Bulldogs’ four lost fumbles. One play later, Zay Laster connected with Jarvis Morgan for a 28-yard scoring pass, the route was on. When Miller, scored on runs of 1 and 22 yards in the second quarter, that gave the Falcons a 26-0 lead. Burns was able to get on the board before halftime, when Brandon Littlejohn hit Ramsey for a 10 yard scoring pass, but the damage had been done. “I don’t think we worried too much about what they had accomplished,” Beam said of West Rowan’s past history, which now includes 58 victories in the Falcons’ last 60 games. “I just think we played against a really good football team. And there’s no shame in losing to a good football team.” The Falcons, now head to Chapel Hill, where they will take on undefeated Havelock. 

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