It was a tough loss Saturday, but the end of a great 14-2 season for the West Montgomery varsity football team. In the 1AA state championship game, West fell to James Kenan High School by a score of 42-14.
West scored first in the contest, but all of the team’s points came in the first quarter. Kenan dominated the game offensively, scoring two touchdowns in the first quarter, three in the second, and one in the third.
Many West fans leveled accusations of poor sportsmanship at the James Kenan team when they went for a two-point conversion in the third quarter, already leading 40-14. The conversion was successful, and neither team scored in the final 19 minutes of the game.
“Players of the Game” include Caleb Drake and A.J. Collins of West Montgomery. The North Carolina High School Athletic Association says 1,721 people attended to game Saturday afternoon at BB&T Field at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem.
This was West Montgomery’s third-ever appearance in a state football championship game, having lost previously to James Kenan in 2007 and to Robersonville-Roanoke in 1975.
The school does carry the honor of having won its conference championship, and the 1AA Western Regional title, sealed with their 44-38 win over Swain County in the Dec. 6 semi-finals.
Veteran West Montgomery broadcaster John Inman is preparing a special post-season radio program. It will air as part of the local news Fri., Dec. 20, at 5 p.m. on WMTG.
Another honor for the West football program came when running back Suave Pegues was recently named 2013 High School Football Player of the Year by radio station 102 JAMZ in Greensboro. Pegues was nominated by the station and ultimately selected by fan votes submitted to the station.
WMTG congratulates the entire team and coaching staff on a season well-played and looks forward to broadcasting the games next season.