Prep football: Southwest is ahead of schedule

  • Article by: Ron Haggstrom
  • Star Tribune
  • October 12, 2007 - 9:51 PM

Football coach Sean McMenomy came to Minneapolis Southwest with a game plan three years ago. Part of that plan was to run a spread offense.

Quarterback Colin Westcott, then a sophomore, wasn't sure his teammates were buying what the new Lakers coach was selling.

Why should they? The Lakers passed for all of 80 yards the entire previous season and averaged two points per game.

The players are now believers. So is the mentor, watching the program become a winner much earlier than anticipated.

Westcott completed 16 of 23 passes for 353 yards and four touchdowns as the Lakers won their fifth game of the season, beating South 45-28 in a Minneapolis City Conference matchup Friday afternoon. Westcott has throw 15 touchdown passes this season.

"[McMenomy] brought a whole new attitude to the program," Westcott said. "There was a lot of negativity, and the kids didn't want to play football."

There were reasons for that attitude -- the biggest of which was losing.

It wasn't until McMenomy's fourth game three years ago that Southwest finally won again. A 36-7 victory over Edison broke the school's 31-game losing streak.

"They were hungry to win," McMenomy said.

The Lakers went 3-6 in his first season and were 5-4 a year ago.

"I didn't think it would come this fast. The kids are living their dream."

All because of the spread offense, according to Westcott. He threw two touchdown passes to Mike Snavely, who caught four passes for 144 yards. Keraus Holliday ran for two scores and also caught a touchdown pass.

"The spread offense has been huge," McMenomy said. "When I started we were going to take our six best athletes and have them all on the field at the same time.

"We're spreading the ball around. Everybody is touching it during the game."

And smiling afterwards.

Ron Haggstrom •

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