Posted November 8, 2013 10:24 pm - Updated November 9, 2013 02:19 am
Westside 45, Josey 0
Westside players rang the school bell as coach Steve Hibbitts tried to dry out from his ice bath minutes earlier.
Needing a win to get into the playoffs, along with a little help from across the area, the Patriots savored their 45-0 victory over Josey on Friday night.
Four days before the game, Westside lost its appeal with the Georgia High School Association and had to forfeit four wins due to the use of an ineligible player on a paperwork mistake. The Patriots entered their regular-season finale one game behind Harlem and Screven County in the region standings.
But everything fell into place for the happiest 3-7 team this side of Georgia, as Laney defeated Harlem and Dublin knocked off Screven County.
With the tiebreaker, Westside enters the Class AA playoffs next week as a No. 3 seed at Thomasville.
“In my eyes, it’s flip-flopped. We’re 7-3,” said Patriots senior Naquan Brooks, who returned two interceptions for touchdowns and added a 14-yard run for a score. “We’re happy that we made it to the playoffs, but we made it last year. We’re going to try to make some noise.”
Hibbitts added: “This week really hasn’t been bad. We just wanted to make sure we took care of what we could take care of. And then we’d worry about everybody else.”
While Westside’s coaching staff did plenty of scoreboard watching, the players took care of business on the field. The Patriots scored on their opening drive when Jalen Lampkin tossed a 21-yard touchdown pass over the secondary to Quinton Phillips in the end zone. After a Marvin Montgomery interception, the Patriots scored again on a 4-yard run by Aaron Commings. A Keaton Craw 29-yard field goal staked Westside to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter.
Josey rushed for just 27 yards. The Eagles also committed six turnovers.
In the second half, Brooks returned interceptions of 55 and 40 yards for touchdowns.
WESTSIDE 45, JOSEY 0
PLAY OF THE GAME: Westside’s Marvin Montgomery intercepted a pass on Josey’s first drive, stopping the Eagles on a fourth down in Patriots territory.
STAR OF THE GAME: Westside’s Naquan Brooks had a senior night to remember, scoring on a 14-yard run and then returning interceptions of 55 and 40 yards for touchdowns.
WHY WESTSIDE WON: The offensive line helped its running game gouge Josey for 186 yards on 30 carries.
WHY JOSEY LOST: The Eagles established little offense and committed six turnovers.
NEXT: Westside at Thomasville, Friday, first round of Class AA playoffs. Josey’s season over.
Westside 45, Josey 0
Josey 0 0 0 0 – 0
Westside 17 14 7 7 – 45
W–Quinton Phillips 21 pass from Jalen Lampkin (Keaton Craw kick), 10:56
W–Aaron Commings 4 run (Keaton Craw kick), 7:12
W–Craw 29 FG, 1:02
W–Phillips 8 pass from Lampkin (Craw kick), 4:12
W–Naquan Brooks 14 run (Craw kick), 1:29
W–Naquan Brooks 55 INT return (Craw kick), 3:53
W–Brooks 40 INT return (Craw kick), 10:29
RUSHING–Josey: Leon McQuaker 2-0, Naquan Anthony 7-46, Donald Jordan 4-1, Jabrie Dominquez 6-(-25), Ennashia Gardner 3-6, Juwan Tolbert 1-(-4), Ejester Griffin 1-3. Westside: Jalen Lampkin 4-37, DeMarcus Vaughn 3-15, Aaron Commings 7-71, Naquan Brooks 5-56, Quinton Phillips 1-7, Tyree McCord 7-(-18), Evan Bennett 2-13, Darius Jones 1-5.
PASSING–Josey: Donald Jordan 5-16-4 43, Ennashia Gardner 1-1-0 33, Juwan Tolbert 0-2-1 0. Westside: Jalen Lampkin 3-4-0 36, Tyree McCord 1-1-0 17.
RECEIVING–Josey: McQuaker 1-3, Dominiquez 1-(-3, Dante Beard 2-18, Roger Browman 1-25, Donald Jordan 1-33. Westside: Quinton Phillips 2-34, Brooks 1-17, Mason Dodd 1-2.