Westside strikes in first half

Westside 21, Butler 6



Westside’s players rang the school bell as they walked off the field Friday night.

With the Patriots’ 21-6 win over Butler, Westside improved to 2-0 for the first time in five seasons. The fast start marked quite a change from Patriots coach Steve Hibbitts’ first season in 2010.

“Coming from 1-9 two years ago, this feels really, really good,” Hibbitts said. “It’ll be good for us momentum-wise. For the kids, it’ll put a bit of pep in their step.”

Westside did all their damage by the time the game was marred by a 30-minute weather delay in the fourth quarter. The Patriots scored three touchdowns in the final six minutes of the second quarter to assume a 15-point lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

“That 30-minute break just killed everything. It killed the momentum,” Westside quarterback Jalen Lampkin said. “At the end of the game, it didn’t even feel like a game. Weird.”

After losing to Butler by a combined score of 90-20 the past two seasons, Westside finally got the upper hand. The Bulldogs got on the board first with two time-consuming drives in the first quarter, but Westside held Butler (0-2) to just 121 total yards the final three quarters.

The Patriots took command of the clock, rushing 44 times for 152 yards. Lampkin also ran for one touchdown and threw for another.

Butler took advantage of a Lampkin fumble midway through the first quarter. Fernando Shelton capped a six-play, 22-yard drive with a 2-yard touchdown run. The Bulldogs went ahead 6-0.

Westside countered with a nine-minute, five-second drive when it converted three fourth-down plays. Richard Brown bulled his way in from the 5. After Ethan Craw converted the extra point, the Patriots went up 7-6 and never looked back.

Lampkin added a 1-yard touchdown run. Then, at the end of the first half, Lampkin tossed a 14-yard touchdown pass to P.J. Freeman to extend the lead to 15.


PLAY OF THE GAME: Westside’s Mykel Brown intercepted a Sandrez Evans pass at midfield and returned it 31 yards with 49 seconds remaining. Four plays later, P.J. Freeman caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from Jalen Lampkin to extend the lead to 21-6.

STAR OF THE GAME: Westside’s defense, which recorded two interceptions and held the Bulldogs’ rushing attack in check.

WHY WESTSIDE WON: Patriots scored a flurry of touchdowns late in the second quarter.

WHY BUTLER LOST: Bulldogs hurt themselves with 14 penalties for 111 yards.

NEXT: Butler off. Westside at Hephzibah, 7:30 p.m., Friday.


Butler 6 0 0 0 – 6

Westside 0 21 0 0 – 21

First Quarter

B–Fernando Shelton 2 run (kick failed), 2:37

Second Quarter

W–Richard Brown 5 run (Ethan Craw kick), 5:23

W–Jalen Lampkin 1 run (Craw kick), 1:04

W–P.J. Freeman 14 pass from Lampkin (Craw kick), :9.4

First Downs812
Passing Yards15144


RUSHING–Butler: Fernando Shelton 11-40, Sandrez Evans 8-(-7), Isaiah Lambert 5-2. Westside: DeMarcus Vaughn 18-69, Richard Brown 16-58, Jalen Lampkin 6-17, Damion Davis 4-8.

PASSING–Butler: Evans 8-22-2 151. Westside: Lampkin 4-9-0 44.

RECEIVING–Butler: Sanquez Doby 3-108, Ronald Jones 3-37, Shelton 1-3, Carlos Smith 1-3. Westside: P.J. Freeman 3-38, Jeremiah Moss 1-6.



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