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'Canes romp behind four-quarter effort

Posted Friday, September 30, 2011 by Sidney McClain

PIEDMONT — By the time halftime rolled around during the Wren homecoming game Friday against Westside, the only question remaining was who would be named homecoming queen.

The Hurricanes were already well on their way to a 61-2 win against Westside in the Region 1-AAAA game at Jack King Field.

Wren (5-1, including 1-1 in 1-AAAA) racked up 453 yards, while the defense held the Rams (0-6, 0-2) to two yards total offense.

Hurricanes coach Jeff Tate told his team during halftime that despite their lead, they needed to play four quarters in order to be a great team.

“I’m not concerned about the score,” Tate said. “You don’t just play one half. It’s time for four quarters, not just one half. That’s what I try to tell our kids, regardless of what quarter it is, we are going to play hard, execute and do our job.

“If you want to be a great football team, you have to play four quarters. You can never back down, let up, or back off. I think for the most part we did a good job. We had a lot of backups and reserves. We tried to play as many people as possible, but still you want to be sharp and I think for the most part we were.”

The Hurricanes rang up 286 yards total offense in the first half, while Westside committed five turnovers and totaled minus-26 yards.

Wren quarterback Caleb McClain led the way, going 9-for-15 passing for 185 yards with four touchdowns, including a 70- and 38-yarders to Brandon Coleman. The Hurricanes led 47-0 at the half.

The Rams defense came out of halftime showing signs of life as it held Wren in check on its first possession, coming up with a sack to end the threat. However, the Hurricanes would not be quiet for long. After a quarterback change, Joey Stansell threw touchdown passes of 47 and 38 yards, giving Wren a 61-0 fourth-quarter lead.

The Westside defense backed the Hurricanes deep in their own territory, forcing Wren to punt out of its endzone. After the snap went over the punter’s head, the Rams finally scored, registering a safety with 4:45 left in the game.

Tate said it was important to get the reserves playing time as they continue conference play.

“I think it’s very important,” Tate said. “You don’t really know going into the game how it’s going to transpire. You just hope to go out and execute well. Last week there were times that we played really hard and times we didn’t look real sharp. Our opponent had a lot to do that. Tonight our focus was to go out and be positive on offense and defensively and execute on our kicking game.”

Wren returns to region action next week as they take on Woodmont.

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