After West High's 40—13 victory at home over Kearns Friday, coach Don Holtry hoped that his team would remember just one thing: winning is fun.
"The guys just need to remember that winning is a lot better than losing," said Holtry. "This game was a lot funner than the game last week against Copper Hills, and I hope the team remembers that."
Holtry and the rest of the Panthers team relied heavely on senior running back Lance Butler, who ran for more than 120 yards and caught 4 passes for 111 yards.
Butler had three touchdowns on the night, one rushing and two receiving (including a 52-yard reception).
"This is a good win, but it's only preseason," said Butler. "We've got to focus on region now." Region play for the Panthers begins next week at East High.
"East really beat us up last year, so we need to get ready for that game now," said Holtry, "This is a nice win, but it's the region wins that get you to the playoffs."
Also coming up big for West was defensive back Preston Mascarenas, who picked two Kearns passes off and ran one of them back 85 yards for a touchdown. For Kearns, they saw their two-game win streak broken as they were held scoreless in the second half. The Cougars were able to drive down the field on West, but the Panthers' defense would always come up with a big play to stop the drive.
Kearns also hurt its chances by being penalized for over 80 yards, one penalty costing them a touchdown off a returned fumble recovery. Tony Campbell and Zack Triplett both scored touchdowns for Kearns.
Kearns will try to get back in the win column as it hosts Ogden next week. Prior to the game, West wide receiver C.J. Lee was honored for receiving an invitation from the U.S. Army to the Army All-American game in San Antonio, Texas. Invitations are given out to the 400 top high school players in the United States.