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Ground attack carries Grovetown to victory

Grovetown 28, Westside 14

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Jamal Cummings worked tirelessly throughout the summer in anticipation of a special year.

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Grovetown's Jamal Cummings rushed for 174 yards in the victory over Westside and went over 1,000 yards on the season.  JIM BLAYLOCK/STAFF
JIM BLAYLOCK/STAFF
Grovetown's Jamal Cummings rushed for 174 yards in the victory over Westside and went over 1,000 yards on the season.

He figured he had a solid shot at a 1,000-yard season. What he didn’t know was that he’d reach the milestone in just his team’s sixth game.

The junior was at his best as Grovetown’s workhorse Friday night, rushing for 174 yards in the Warriors’ 28-14 home win over region foe Westside.

“I never thought that I would reach 1,000 this fast,” said Cummings, who rushed for 174 yards on 32 carries. “But I’m glad I did because it shows how hard I’ve been working.

“Being able to reach that kind of goal with the team spirit we have is great,” he added. “Our team’s really close, and when we all do something good, we cheer each other on.”

The Warriors (5-1, 2-0 Region 3-AAA North) showed off a trio of backs – Cum­mings, Terrell Hughes and Daniel Winfield – while attempting only one pass; the Hunter Peace throw hit off a receiver’s hands and was intercepted.

Hughes, a sophomore, started things off with a 23-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter for the game’s first score.

Minutes later, Cummings’ 2-yard score put the lead at 14-0.

Westside (3-3, 1-1) responded late in the second quarter with an athletic play from senior Roosevelt Isom. The 6-foot-4 receiver went up for a high-arcing pass by Jalen Lampkin and pulled it in for a 15-yard touchdown reception.

“I knew I had a shorter (defensive back) on me, and coach told me to make a play,” said Isom, who also had the interception. “He told the quarterback to give me a chance, and he gave me a chance. He made it happen.”

After halftime, and after Cummings had rolled up loads of yardage and
tired the Patriots’ defense, Winfield took over.

The big senior back got eight carries because Mickey Exum was dealing with a shoulder injury, and he took full advantage.

He took his third attempt 41 yards for a third-quarter touchdown that brought the lead back to 14 points.

After Daniel Williams got the Patriots back within one score with an 18-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter, Grovetown took more than five minutes off the clock with a 10-play, game-clinching scoring drive.

Winfield capped it off with a 9-yard touchdown run in which he carried several defenders over the goal line.

“I ain’t never had that,” Winfield said of nearly running for 100 yards, settling for 93 while averaging more than 10 yards a carry. “It’s a lot of fun. Kind of tiring, but a lot of fun.”

Grovetown ran for 325 yards while Westside was limited to 86.

GROVETOWN 28, WESTSIDE 14

PLAY OF THE GAME: Senior Daniel Winfield got to the second level of the defense, then shook off a tackle en route to a 41-yard touchdown run, his first of two on the night.

STAR OF THE GAME: Warriors junior back Jamal Cummings rushed for 174 yards on 32 carries. He surpassed 1,000 rushing yards for the season in just the Warriors’ sixth game.

WHY GROVETOWN WON: The Warriors’ defensive front held the Westside run game at bay, holding the Patriots to an average of 2.5 yards on 34 carries.

WHY WESTSIDE LOST: The Grovetown ground game was simply too much, as it amassed 325 rushing yards and wore down the Patriots defense.

NEXT: Grovetown at Josey, 7:30 p.m., Friday; Westside vs. Thomson, 7:30 p.m. Friday.

GROVETOWN 28, WESTSIDE 14

Westside 0 7 0 7 - 14

Grovetown 7 7 7 7 - 28

First Quarter

G-Terrell Hughes 23 run (Chris Williams kick), 1:41

Second Quarter

G-Jamal Cummings 2 run (Williams kick), 10:54

W-Roosevelt Isom 15 pass from Jalen Lampkin (Chandler Silas kick), 1:29

Third Quarter

G-Daniel Winfield 41 run (Williams kick), 1:18

Fourth Quarter

W-Daniel Williams 18 run (Silas kick), 6:50

G-Winfield 9 run (Williams kick), 1:42

 WG
First Downs915
Rushes-Yards34-8652-325
Passing Yards1010
Comp.-Att.-Int.5-14-00-1-1
Fumbles-Lost0-03-0
Punts-Yards4-34.01-39.0
Penalties-Yards3-157-64

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING-Westside: Williams 11-41, Lampkin 8-20, Conner Doyle 6-18, John Freeman 6-14, Isom 1-MINUS 2, Demarcus Vaughn 2-MINUS 5. Grovetown: Cummings 32-174, Winfield 8-93, Hunter Peace 6-37, Hughes 3-35, Mickey Exum 2-12, TEAM 1-MINUS 26.

PASSING-Westside: Lampkin 5-14-0 101. Grovetown: Peace 0-1-1 0.

RECEIVING-Westside: Lawrence Freeman 2-51, Isom 3-50.

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Go Jamal, hope you flip the

Go Jamal, hope you flip the switch to the next level. You have the potential.

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