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Tosa West's Purifoy, big plays spark 35-15 win

Senior RB runs for 232 yards, 3 touchdowns

Aug. 29, 2014

It took the Wauwatosa West football team a half to get going, but when it did, there was no looking back for the Trojans in a 35-15 win over an improved Grafton team.

West (2-0) fell behind 12-0 and trailed 15-14 at halftime, but then the Trojans scored on three big plays to blow out the Blackhawks, 21-0, in the second half.

"I think we're going to be a big-play offense," coach Matt Good said. "We practice those plays. It was fun to watch when the kids did what they are supposed to do."

Trailing, 15-14, Grafton had just stopped the Trojans, when Zach Veit when back to punt on the opponent's 43-yard line. Veit took the snap, watched the Blackhawks turn and go down field to block and then took off on his own on an 18-yard romp to get a crucial first down.

"That's a coach's kid, making a coach's kid's play," Good said of Veit, whose father, Ben, was a former West coach. "Zach's a very intelligent football player. He saw something and took advantage of it.

"You want your seniors to take advantage of something they see and make big plays, and he did that, and that's a credit to him."

 

Two plays later, sophomore quarterback Rayvon Bartlet, Jr. went back to pass and lofted a long pass down the left sideline. Wide receiver Arrion Dixon (5-10, 175) fought off a Blackhawks defender, made a beautiful catch and went in for a 29-yard touchdown. Veit’s extra point made it 21-15.
 
'Rayvon is developing," Good said. "We practice it every day. He has to get better. The kid's a sophomore, and tonight he came through for us."
 
West then stopped a 9-play drive by Grafton and went 95 yards in two plays. First, Bartlett tossed a 30-yard pass down the right sideline to Truman Tyson.
Then Tyson got the ball, started to sweep right and gave the ball to Andre Carroll, who took the ball around left end and left the surprised Grafton defenders in the dust for a 65-yard TD run. Veit's kick made it 28-15.
 
"We put tht kid (Carroll) in a good spot," Good said. "He's such a hard worker and a competitor. We all knew it was a touchdown on the sideline. He just had to finish it and he did. We're proud of him."
 
Grafton had one final chance to get back in the game, running a 13-play drive, which ended when on 4th and 10 from the West 21-yard line after Christian Cagle knocked down a pass attempt by Romero Wood and turned the ball over to the Trojans.
 
On the first play, Purifoy went right, broke to the outside and raced 79 yards for the game's final touchdown.
 
West scored on plays of 75, 53, 29, 65 and 79 yards and afterwards senior running back Demaris Purifoy, who rushed for 232 yards and three scores. His 75-yard touchdown run cut the score to 12-7 and got the Trojans on the board.
 
"It's like a rush of adrenaline," he said. "I imagine myself on the track, because I run track, and it was straight line run for a touchdown. I love my offensive line. I can't do my job without them. This was for them.
 
"We build off previous plays," Purifoy added. "When someone makes a big play, we have to build off it. We just have to take advantage of what we get."

 

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