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.