Friday's match was Douglas County's first 3A-AAAAAA subregion game this season.
Taking the reins early and led offensively by an almost unstoppable combination of running back Anthony Garner and quarterback Ellis Richardson, the Tigers were able to stretch out an early 14-0 lead off two Garner touchdown runs. The second score came with 1:32 left in the opening quarter.
In a heated and fumble plagued second quarter, the Tiger's Terrell Gibson drew first blood recovering a Lion fumble at the 45-yard line. Although another score looked to loom around the corner, a missed first down gave the ball back to the Lions.
However, just as Tiger fans thought Westlake might close the gap, Douglas County's Germaine Burroughs, Jr., intercepted Lion quarterback Renard Battle, saving a score.
With prime real estate and focused on another Tiger touchdown, Westlake's Orlando McKinley picked off a pass from Richardson and returned it to the Lion 5-yard line.
Holding at the goal line and playing effective defense, the Tigers forced another fumble and earned one more much needed save.
But, missed offensive opportunities would turn the ball back over to the Lions, leading them to their first touchdown of the night, after a push across the goal line by their offensive line with 3:15 on the clock. A missed extra point would keep the Tigers up at the half, 14-6.
After the half, Douglas County seemed to pick up right where they left off, as Garner opened up the Tiger's first possession of the third with a controlling run past a struggling Westlake defense. After a quick sneak across the goal and cleared extra point, Douglas County quickly extended their lead to 21-6, with 7:47 left on the clock.
The Tiger's defense continued to show their improvement on the field and held Westlake to no points in the second half of play.
Though Douglas County did not find the end zone in the final quarter of play, their execution from early in the game helped them hang on for a 21-6 final.
"I am so proud of our guys and our coaches have been telling them we have seen improvements week in and week out", said Douglas County head coach Jason Respert. "I praise God for their efforts and attitude these last four or five weeks."