This game was over before the rain stopped falling, or as it turned out, before the game clock was ever turned on, as Westwood scored 51 unanswered points in the first half to roll past Maryvale, 64-0, on Friday night.
Field officials failed to dissect the issue with the scoreboard during pregame warm-ups, so the entire game was played without one, but fans in the stands didn't really need it to tell them which team won this game. It was obvious.
Junior Dezmond Sueing had 14 carries for 223 yards and two touchdowns, all in the first half, to lead Westwood's ground attack.
"I felt like I had to put my heart out on the field for the team because everybody's doubting Westwood because of our past ... "We're not the same old Westwood. It's time for a change," Sueing said.
Westwood (2-0) has outscored its opponents 98-0 this season, beating La Joya Community 34-0 to open the 2012 campaign last week.
Junior quarterback Kane Tieman led the Warriors down the field for scores on their first two possessions, hooking up with sophomore Ethan Johnson on a 9-yard touchdown pass to start the games scoring.
Tieman was 7 of 8 for 130 yards and four touchdowns and had a rushing touchdown, a 1-yard quarterback sneak with 11:09 to go in the first half to make it 32-0.
With 453 total yards of offense for Westwood, the "black-shirt" defense did its job, a concept likened the original "black shirts" from the early 1960s at Nebraska.
"Our defense is committed to a 'black-shirt' defense, and we have 11 guys that are black shirts on that side of the ball ... they take pride in holding teams to not even getting a first down in the game," said Westwood coach Spencer Stowers, whose team held Maryvale to four first downs all night and none in the first half.
Despite holding Maryvale (0-2) to minus-18 yards of offense in the first half, 41 total yards in the game and forcing six turnovers, Stowers said he wasn't happy with the amount of penalties, in which the Warriors accumulated 10 for 105 yards.
"They worked hard, but too many penalties. We've got to fix those things. We play a good football team next week in Mesa High, with coach (Kelley) Moore and his great coaching staff over there, (we) need to minimize the penalties and I think the outcome will be a good thing (for us)," Stowers said.
Junior Tevon Sinica-Williams had two of those six turnovers, recording two interceptions, one of which went for a 34-yard interception return for a touchdown in the beginning of the second quarter.
"We're the black shirt defense. We work our hardest and we try our hardest in every practice we go to ... the two interceptions, that's just God giving, God gave it to me and I just want to thank him for that," Sinica-Williams said.
Westwood 64, Maryvale 0
Westwood 19 32 6 7 — 64
Maryvale 0 0 0 0 — 0
First Downs: Westwood 16, Maryvale 4
Rushing: Westwood 28-323, Maryvale 23-0
Passing (Comp.-Att.-Yards-TD-INT): Westwood 7-8-130-4-0, Maryvale 4-16-41-0-4
Fumbles-lost: Westwood 1-0, Maryvale 3-2
Penalties: Westwood 10-105, Maryvale 1-5
WW: Johnson 9 pass from Tieman (Arambula kick)
WW: Jumper 34 pass from Tieman
WW: Sueing 40 run
WW: Ward 32 pass from Tieman
WW: Tieman 2 run (Arambula kick)
WW: Sinica-Williams 34 INT
WW: Sueing 4 run (Arambula kick)
WW: Brown 20 pass from Tieman
WW: Hlebak 1 run
Maryvale: Davis 6 run (Arambula kick)