Brown makes up for red zone fumble as La Vergne grinds out opening win over West Creek

Brown makes up for red zone fumble as La Vergne grinds out opening win over West Creek

By Calvin White

The La Vergne Wolverines kicked off their season with a 9-6 home victory over the West Creek Coyotes in a defensive tug-of-war at Wolverine Stadium.

Both squads got off to a rough start on offense, tallying a 0-0 score through the first three quarters. Every time it felt like someone was gaining momentum on offense, the opposing defense had a response.

“It was obvious on film that West Creek was a very physical football team,” La Vergne head coach Scott Woodward said. “We knew it was going to be a defensive battle and to our guys’ credit, they kept on playing.”

La Vergne senior Daveon Brown makes his way to the end zone on a fourth-quarter touchdown run during Thursday’s 9-6 victory over visiting West Creek. Brown also forced a fumble leading to a safety in the Wolverines’ victory.

With just over eight minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, La Vergne running back Deveon Brown fumbled the ball at the West Creek 2-yard line. On the ensuing play, the La Vergne defense – led by Brown – forced a fumble that trickled out of the back of the end zone for a safety and a 2-0 lead.

With 3:31 remaining, Brown further made up for his fumble by gashing through the Coyote defense for a 16-yard touchdown run to give La Vergne a 9-0 cushion.

“It was a hard game,” Brown said. I found a way and the team found a way. It shows that we
have a tough mentality and can win in a game like this no matter the circumstances.”

West Creek refused to go quietly when Coyote quarterback Deshawn Swanson connected with Daniel Honeycutt for a 46-yard touchdown catch to cut the deficit to 9-6 with 1:09 remaining to give the game its final score.

Plagued by penalties and mental errors all night, West Creek head coach Rob Gallowitz knows he has a good football team but they have to clean a lot of things up.

“Honestly, I think West Creek beat West Creek tonight,” Gallowitz said. “La Vergne’s a good,
coached team. They’ve got players and they’re well-coached but at the end of the day, we had
way too many flags. We made too many mistakes that were hard to recover from.”


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