Harrison’s Orlando Westbrook is comfortable with chaos, not that there was much of it in Friday’s District 2 rivalry game against Sierra at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

The Panthers’ senior quarterback showed as much on the first of his five touchdowns in the 56-0 win.

Westbrook turned a 3rd-and-long play into six points on the Panthers’ first possession, which came after Sierra’s game-opening drive ended with a missed field goal. The 6-foot, 205-pound signal caller looked to be in trouble in the pocket before spinning out of a sack, rolling down the visiting sideline and chucking the ball deep.

Senior Devon Washington hauled in the long pass off a Sierra (3-5) deflection near midfield and raced the rest of the way for the opening touchdown just more than four minutes into the game.

“He can make plays with his arm and with his feet," said Al Melo, coach of the 8-0 Panthers. "He gives people fits when he’s in space.

“Like I said before, I’m glad he’s on our team.”

The big play set the tone.

“The first TD took away their heart,” Westbrook said.

Westbrook and Washington set up the Panthers’ second touchdown as a first-down completion and a long quarterback keeper set up a short Aumiere Shedrick touchdown run.

Westbrook followed with two more rushing scores before Shedrick’s second touchdown, this one a run of roughly 65 yards, made it 35-0 at half.

Westbrook hit Darius Cheatom and Makeah Scippio down the seams in the third and fourth quarter, respectively, to finish with three passing touchdowns before Romeo Wells tumbled into the end zone for one last score late.

While Westbrook was in the game in the fourth quarter, and Harrison recovered an onside kick with the clock running, the Harrison coach said there was no malice, calling the later a miss-kick.

“There’s no animosity,” Melo said, “just a high school football game.”

Sierra’s coach Draye Ersery declined to comment.

Harrison hoisted the district trophy after the game, and will look to finish the regular season with a league title, closing with Sand Creek (0-8) and Mitchell (2-6).

“We’re trying to go to state 10-0 and bring the first state championship home,” Westbrook said.

Should the quarterback find himself in a bind later, the Panthers appear to be in good hands.

“When things breakdown, that’s when I feel my calmest,” Westbrook said.

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