Westminster overpowers Beckman with smooth-running offense

TUSTIN – Westminster scored 21 points in the second quarter, including a timely score to take the lead just before halftime, and kept rushing the ball in the second half to pull away from Beckman, 41-20, in both teams’ nonleague finale Saturday at Tustin High.

“Every game we have played better in the second half,” Westminster coach Ted McMillen said. “We continued that tonight. We finished the game.”

Westminster (4-1) opens Golden West League play against Santa Ana on Friday, Oct. 6, at Santa Ana Stadium.

Beckman (1-4) opens Pacific Coast League play against Corona del Mar on Friday, Oct. 6, at Newport Harbor High.

Westminster rushed for 356 yards and five touchdowns with 216 yards and two scores by Christian Jaime.

Beckman struck first as Nick Hill found an early rhythm in the passing game.

Hill connected on his first six passes including a 7-yard touchdown pass to Mikael Mian on the game’s opening drive.

Later in the first quarter with Westminster driving, Dylan Somoza pulled in an interception for Beckman.

Beckman drove deep into the red zone, but Jacob McGookin came up with an interception of his own for Westminster to prevent the score just before the end of the first quarter.

Westminster really got its running attack going when it put the game on the legs of Jaime who gained chunks of yardage inside the Beckman 10-yard line.

Noah Melbon finished the drive with a 7-yard scoring run to tie the score, 7-7.

Beckman came back quickly when Hill found Mian again up the middle to break free for a 45-yard touchdown and the lead, 14-7.

Mian caught six passes for 137 yards.

Hill completed 14 of 23 first-half passes for 235 yards and two touchdowns, but only threw for 55 yards in the second half.

Melbon later threw out wide to Joel Navarro who took the ball 28 yards up the Westminster sideline to tie the score again, 14-14.

Beckman settled for a 33-yard field goal by Jonathan Bonilla for the three-point lead with 59 seconds left in the half.

Westminster kicked into gear in just 46 seconds as Melbon hit big passes to Chris Samilton and Navarro and…

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