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.