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Well-rested Westlake prepares for East Coweta
by Maurice Dixon
October 01, 2013 11:40 AM | 5842 views | 0 0 comments | 137 137 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Katherine Frye<br>Westlake senior defensive back Quantavious Pope and the Lions are 3-2 this season.
Staff / Katherine Frye
Westlake senior defensive back Quantavious Pope and the Lions are 3-2 this season.
Last season, the Westlake Lions entered their back-to-back bye weeks with an 0-5 record on their way to their first winless season in program history. But a year later, the Lions entered their extended break with a 3-2 mark, including a two-game winning streak.

“I tell the players and the coaches that we don’t necessarily focus on the past,” said Westlake first-year coach Bryan Love. “We just focus on ourselves and trying to do right. If we do the right thing enough times then we are going to have success.

“Being 3-2 at this point, I’m pleased with where we are thus far,” Love said. “Of course the work is not over yet. We have a bigger picture in mind but at the same time the last two weeks the guys have played hard. Experiencing back-to-back wins is another step for our program.”

First, Westlake bounced back from a loss to Creekside with a 26-6 victory over Banneker on Sept. 13. Then the Lions used that momentum to rout Bainbridge 36-0 a week later.

In Westlake’s three wins this season, the Lions’ defense has surrendered just 16 points.

“We pride ourselves defensively on takeaways,” Love said. “Our goal is four every game. This creates more opportunities for us to be successful so we can win ball games. That is a key ingredient in our formula for winning ball games.”

After this week’s other bye, Westlake will open Region 3-AAAAAA play at East Coweta on Oct. 11.

“They have a history and tradition of winning down there,” Love said. “It’s going to be a good challenge for us. We’re focusing on us. If we can take care of us, we will put ourselves in a position where we can be successful. That is where we are at this time just taking one game at a time. We’re not looking past anybody.”

The Lions are 2-3 all-time against the Indians.

Westlake’s region foe Langston Hughes (4-1) is also off this week and will face Douglas County on Oct. 11.

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