What Up Western?
Red Hot WarriorsTuesday, October 11, 2011 By Kalon Humphries
After two long, dreadful years the Walled Lake Western Warriors finally beat arch-rival Walled Lake Central to bring the famed American Legion Cup back home where it belongs. It was built up to be a clash of the titans, and it definitely lived up to the hype. The Warriors started the night off right bursting out of the tunnel donned in their red throwback jerseys—honoring the great teams of the ‘90s. It truly was a game for the ages. Late in the 4 th quarter, still down 11-10, the Warriors’ defense forced Central to punt giving the offense the ball back around mid-field with under 4 minutes to go. From there, the offense put together one of the most memorable in program history. After Brent Zdebski pounded his way down the field—behind the offensive line—all the way to the 3 yard line, the Warriors coaching staff elected to call a timeout to gather the players and figure out how they were going to get into the end zone. The players and coaches noticed that all the inside running had sucked most of the defense “in the box”, so they decided to run an outside run play with tailback Alex Buchanan. Using his superior speed and strength, Buchanan ran it in from three yards out to score the winning touchdown with only 27.2 seconds left in the game. After converting on the 2-point conversion, the Warriors were up 18-11. That proved to be all the Warriors needed. As the defense held firm and forced an incomplete pass, time expired and the clock read zeros. With the huge win, the Warriors clinched the city and division championship with a 7-0 overall record and a perfect 5-0 record in the KLAA North division. This week the Warriors will prepare for Grand Blanc in their much anticipated Pink Out game (for Breast Cancer Awareness) as they compete for a Lakes Conference championship.