WESTPORT — Highly regarded Concrete used a solid inside running game to beat Ocosta, 40-12, in a non-league football opener Saturday at Westport.
The Lions, ranked 15th in one state preseason poll, logged 276 yards rushing in building a 28-0 halftime lead. They did most of their damage on shots up the middle.
“We went into the game with the wrong gap assignments on defense,” said Brad Kesterson, who was making his Wildcat coaching debut. “The reason we were more successful in the second half is we switched our gap assignments inside-out instead of outside-in. They blocked extremely well, they were well-coached on the line.”
Tight end Caleb Tackett took a 40-yard pass from Alex Herrera in the third quarter for Ocosta’s first touchdown. The Wildcats also scored in the fourth, on Brian Hart’s 2-yard run.
Tackett, who had the bulk of Ocosta’s receiving yards, was praised by Kesterson for a fine performance. Elijah Obermire led Wildcat tacklers with five stops.
“I think we learned what we need to correct and what we need to do differently for next week,” Kesterson said. “We need to make some tweaks on offense and defense. I think we’ll be fine. We’ll just hit it again Monday and be ready for Friday.”
The Wildcats host Chief Leschi in another non-leaguer Friday.