Vaughn lifts Westside over Cross Creek

Westside 55, Cross Creek 7

Westside junior right tackle Will Maddox wondered after the game what many Patriots fans were thinking Friday night.


When was the last time Westside defeated an opponent by such a wide margin?

After suffering a 57-0 loss at Vidalia in the first round of the 2012 state playoffs, the Patriots opened the season with their biggest win under fourth-year coach Steve Hibbitts. With its new triple-option attack, Westside ran wild in a 55-7 win over Cross Creek.

“I don’t know the last time Westside beat someone 55-7,” Maddox said. “All that hard work paid off to beat these guys.”

Westside opened last season with a triple-overtime win at Cross Creek en route to five wins in their first six games and an eventual playoff berth. The Patriots closed with five consecutive losses. That streak came to a halt as soon as the running game got rolling in the first half Friday.

Demetris Spearman scored from 39 yards out on the third play from scrimmage to stake Westside to a 6-0 lead 38 seconds into the game.

DeMarcus Vaughn, who rushed for 129 yards on nine carries, scored the first of his three touchdowns later in the quarter.

Spearman, who totaled 82 yards on 11 carries added another score in the second quarter, while Vaughn followed suit. Quarterback Jalen Lampkin chipped in with the first of his two rushing touchdowns in the second quarter. The Patriots led 34-0 at intermission.

“For a first game running the triple-option, I couldn’t have asked for anything better,” Hibbitts said. “Jalen did a good job reading it. And the key was the offensive line coming off and giving the fullback a chance to make plays, which we did.”

Coming off a win over Greenbrier, Cross Creek (1-1) couldn’t muster any offense. The Razorbacks rushed for just 52 yards on 33 carries. Cross Creek also hurt itself with four turnovers and a pair of bad snaps on punt plays which led to 14 points for Westside.

Darris Tucker provided the lone bright spot for the Razorbacks, returning a fumble 52 yards for a touchdown.


PLAY OF THE GAME: Midway through the first quarter, Quinton Phillips hauled in a Jalen Lampkin third-down pass at midfield, brushed aside a defender and went 58 yards, setting up the Patriots’ second touchdown.

STAR OF THE GAME: Westside’s DeMarcus Vaughn rushed for 129 yards on nine carries with three touchdowns.

WHY WESTSIDE WON: The Patriots’ new triple-option attack proved to be a success, with the offensive line opening up enough holes for the backs to gain 297 yards.

WHY CROSS CREEK LOST: The Razorbacks made too many mistakes – four turnovers, two bad snaps on punt plays, multiple penalties on extra-point tries.

NEXT: Cross Creek is off; Westside at Butler, 7:30 p.m. Friday.


Cross Creek 0 0 7 0 – 7

Westside 13 21 14 7 – 55

First Quarter

W–Demetris Spearman 39 run (pass failed), 11:22

W–DeMarcus Vaughn 20 run (Keaton Craw kick), :10.1

Second Quarter

W–Jalen Lampkin 10 run (Craw kick), 10:51

W–Vaughn 4 run (Craw kick), 5:09

W–Spearman 7 run (Craw kick), 1:25

Third Quarter

W–Vaughn 19 run (Craw kick), 8:49

C–Darris Tucker 52 fumble return (Quincy Evans kick), 5:30

W–Lampkin 10 run (Craw kick), 2:43

Fourth Quarter

W–Tyree McCord 38 run (Craw kick), 11:15

First Downs1012
Passing Yards10858


RUSHING–Cross Creek: Deon Cleckley 10-47, Musuf Jenkins 6-13, Vincent Norris 2-20, Quincy Evans 1-1, Rod Edwards 3-8, Randell Waltower 1-(-1), Darris Tucker 1-(-5), LeeTrez Givens 1-(-9), Tyler Darnall 8-(-28). Westside: Demetris Spearman 11-82, Jalen Lampkin 12-11, DeMarcus Vaughn 9-129, Naquan Brooks 2-17, Quinton Phillips 1-13, Tyree McCord 3-31, Aaron Commings 2-0, Kylon Givens 3-12.

PASSING–Cross Creek: Tyler Darnall 6-20-1 108, Jenkins 0-1-1 0. Westside: Jalen Lampkin 1-4-0 58.

RECEIVING–Cross Creek: Rod Edwards 1-34, Maurice Berry 3-53, Arian Stapleton 1-9, Tucker 1-12. Westside: Quinton Phillips 1-58.



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