Centennial never stood a chance.
No. 5-ranked West Forsyth scored 40 points in the first half and cruised to a 40-6 victory over the Knights in a game dedicated to breast cancer awareness on Friday night at The Den.
West quarterback A.J. Erdely and running back Jake Wieczorek played a little more than a half, but the duo put on an offensive clinic for the second consecutive week. Erdely finished the game 14-of-22 for 267 passing yards with three passing touchdowns and one rushing score, while Wieczorek racked up 164 receiving yards on seven receptions and scored three of his four touchdowns on passes from Erdely.
The Wolverines (5-0, 2-0 Region 6-AAAAAA) are off to a 5-0 start for the third time in their five-year varsity history. West also opened 5-0 in 2008 and 2011.
"We played well when we had to tonight," West head coach Frank Hepler said.
"I thought we were a little ragged at times. Coming off a big victory last week, normal teams would have a letdown, and we did have a little bit of a letdown, and we still scored 40 points in the first half."
The Wolverines may have looked ragged to Hepler, but the offense scored three touchdowns in four minutes in the first quarter.
Following a Centennial three-and-out and a nine-yard punt, Erdely connected with Wieczorek for a 35-yard touchdown pass for the game’s first points.
After West’s defense forced another punt, Wieczorek capped a 5-play, 54 yard drive with a 14-yard touchdown run.
The Wolverines, sporting pink ribbons and pink "WEST" lettering on their jerseys, wasted no time scoring their final touchdown of the quarter when Trevor O’Brien juked a Centennial defender and ran for a 35-yard touchdown, bringing the first quarter to an end 19-0.
West started the second quarter on the Knights’ 35 after the defense recovered a fumble.
Erdely took advantage of the field position with two passes before scrambling 14 yards for a touchdown. Erdely hooked up with Wieczorek for two more touchdowns from six and 43 yards out, making the score 40-0 at the half.
"We practice hard all week and it pays off," Erdely said. "Ever since freshman year, Jake [Wieczorek] and I have always clicked.
"It’s been fun to watch him make plays. He makes me look good out there."
West cornerback Jacob Hill and free safety Hunter Belue intercepted back-to-back passes during the first half, and both led to scores for the Wolverines.
The defense forced three turnovers and allowed only 74 yards in the first two quarters before the starters were replaced after the first drive in the third quarter.
"We just read the coverage and it played into our hands," Hill said.
"We really wanted a shutout because it would have been our first one of the year, but we were getting some of the younger kids in. We had great coverage [all night]."
With the benefit of a running clock, West played it safe and tried to use as much time as possible in the second half.
The Knights (0-5, 0-2) managed to score their only points on a 44-yard touchdown pass from Chase Rosenberg to Christian Robinson, making the final score 40-6 after a missed extra point.
Every team in Region 6-AAAAAA has a bye this Friday before returning to action on Oct. 12.