A Sweet Repeat: Pewamo-Westphalia Are Champions Again
For the second straight season Jeremy Miller and the Pewamo-Westphalia Pirates are State champions in division 7, defeating the Saugatuck Indians 21-0.
Pewamo-Westphalia put up their second shutout of the playoffs and sixth of the 2017 season with the win. Damon Schneider was a defensive force for the Pirates piling up eight tackles which included a pair of sacks.
P-W was led in the first half by Jimmy Lehman who did work with his legs, carrying the ball 17 times for 91 yards a a touchdown. However, a hand injury late in the first half forced him out of the game for all but three snaps in the second half (two of which were kneels to finish the game). In the second half Alec Thelen was forced into duty and he performed well, though he did not attempt a pass he made smart decisions and was a big part of a clean game for the Pirates with no turnovers.
The P-W defense forced two turnovers out of Saugatuck and scored seven points off of those turnovers. An Alec Thelen missed field goal from 30 yards out prevented that number from being in the double digits.
This win is Jeremy Miller's 60th as a head coach (all with P-W) and his second consecutive state championship. With Miller at the helm P-W has never had a season of single digit wins.
For a number of these players as well as Miller,they are back to back state champions and to that and all of the other Pirates and P-W supporters we say congratulations!