Westside's defense comes up big in win

Patriots 23, Gamecocks 6

Tolu Onigbanjo is planning to take a well-deserved nap Monday afternoon.


The Westside defensive lineman already has his plate full with three AP courses his senior year. But for one day, he will at least enjoy a brief break from football.

Onigbanjo and his teammates enter the bye week with momentum after notching a 23-6 region win over Screven County on Friday night.

“I’m going to sleep, rest, and then I’m going to get back to business,” Onigbanjo said. “I’m going to watch some film and take a nap.”

The Patriots, who snapped a five-game losing streak to the Gamecocks and defeated them for the first time since 1985, improved to 5-3 overall (2-2 Region 3-AA). Westside now gets a week off before jumping back into region play Nov. 1 at East Laurens.

“It’s been a rough couple of weeks for the program, and the kids this week just came together,” said Patriots coach Steve Hibbitts, whose team entered with three losses in four weeks. “Defense was just excellent.”

Onigbanjo and his fellow defenders helped contain Screven County’s offense, limiting the Gamecocks to 180 yards of total offense – 53 yards coming on a Tavarious Johnson touchdown run in the third quarter. Screven County (3-4, 1-2) was held to six points for the second game in a row after losing three turnovers.

Westside’s Jalen Lampkin rushed for 167 yards on 14 carries with two touchdowns, while also completing 7 of 9 pass attempts for 115 yards.

Lampkin came up big early in the third quarter with Westside up 14-6. On third and 7 at midfield, he broke two tackles on a 13-yard run. Two plays later, Lampkin scrambled
left, beat two linemen to the edge, juked a defender and then cut back across the field for a 41-yard touchdown.

“Last week, (defensive coordinator Ivory) Hugee said when we take a punch we’ve got to give it right back,” Lampkin said. “We took theirs and we gave them a punch. We kept punching all night.”


PLAY OF THE GAME: After Screven County scored to pull within eight, Westside QB Jalen Lampkin scrambled to the edge, juked a defender and cut back across the field for a 41-yard touchdown.

STAR OF THE GAME: Lampkin rolled up almost 300 yards of total offense and scored two touchdowns.

WHY WESTSIDE WON: The Patriots’ defense played its best all-around game of the season.

WHY SCREVEN COUNTY LOST: The Gamecocks committed three turnovers and couldn’t get their ground game going.

NEXT: East Laurens at Screven County, 7:30 p.m., Friday; Westside off.



Screven County 0 0 6 0 – 6

Westside 7 7 9 0 – 23

First Quarter

W–Jalen Lampkin 1 run (Keaton Craw kick), 3:14

Second Quarter

W–Demetris Spearman 1 run (Craw kick), 4:38

H–Lane Phillips 19 FG, :03

Third Quarter

S–Tavarious Johnson 53 run (kick failed), 11:46

W–Lampkin 41 run (kick failed), 9:29

W–Craw 21 FG, 4:29

First Downs917
Passing Yards35115


RUSHING–Screven County: Tavarious Johnson 9-85, Chandler Rigdon 5-5, Donta Wilburn 1-20, Brian Alexander 1-10, Josh Kerson 1-9, Terry Grace 2-9, Rashad Hughley 1-7. Westside: Demetris Spearman 27-79, Jalen Lampkin 14-167, DeMarcus Vaughn 9-29, Aaron Commings 2-5, Naquan Brooks 4-11, Quinton Phillips 1-1.

PASSING–Screven County: Rigdon 4-14-2 35, Hughley 0-2-0 0. Westside: Jalen Lampkin 7-9-0 115.

RECEIVING–Screven County: Brian Alexander 1-6, Hughley 2-16, Donta Wilburn 1-13. Westside: Quinton Phillips 4-51, Mason Dodd 1-29, Brooks 1-35.



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