PDT Sports Editor
MCDERMOTT —The West Senators improved their record to 5-4 after beating the Northwest Mohawks 54-0 Friday night.
Not counting the kneel down to end the game, West possessed the ball seven times throughout the evening with the Senators celebrating a touchdown after each possession.
West finished the contest with 495 yards of total offense.
” It was a good team effort,” West coach Merril Triplett said. “Our kids blocked hard, our kids ran hard, it was just unselfish play.”
Senior Austin Bricker led the Senators with 183 rushing yards on 11 carries, which were game highs on both accounts.
“He’s improved every game,” Triplett said. “His first step is getting faster. He’s getting better each game. He’s a tough kid, he’s very unselfish.”
Dylan Koons finished the game with six carries for 121 yards on the ground and one touchdown, which came on a 67-yard punt return in the third quarter.
On the other side of the ball, the Senator defense stifled the Northwest offense, limiting the Mohawks to 103 total yards for the game and one first down in the second half.
” We were able to move the ball but then we had a negative play or mistake, and get behind the chains,” Northwest coach Brook Fry said. “We are not built to overcome those mistakes.”
The Senator senior class has made an impact during West’s hot streak, which includes winning five out of six contests.
“It’s a tight knit senior class,” Triplett said. “They block hard for each other and they feed off each other.”
West controls its own destiny in the Division V, Region 17 playoff race when it travels to Wheelersburg during the last week of the regular season.
“We think about them all the time,” Triplett said. “Our kids will play them hard. We’re ready for them.”
During their game against the Mohawks, the Senators unveiled some new offensive formations in anticipation for week 10.
“We just wanted to time some stuff up against some other kids besides ourseleves,” Triplett said. “We liked what we saw. Our kids are getting there.”
West— 7 13 21 13—54
Northwest— 0 0 0 0—0
West—Howell 44 pass from Irwin (Dials kick), 3:43
West—Hurd 8 run (Berry kick), 7:47
West—M. Howell 8 pass from Irwin (blocked kick), :24
West—Ji. Howell 4 run (Irwin conversion good), 9:12
West—Jo. Howell 4 run (Berry kick), 5:36
West—Irwin 6 run (kick failed), :48
West—Koons 67 run (Berry kick), 8:35
West—Scott 51 return (kneel), 5:24
First Downs 12, 8
Rush Att.-Yds. 35-398, 35-79
Pass Att.-Comp.-Int.4-5, 3-9-1
Pass Yds.97, 24
Total Yds.495, 103
Fumbles-Lost 1-1, 2-0
Turnovers 1, 1
Penalties-Yds. 6-30, 4-20
RUSHING: West — Bricker 11-183, Koons 6-121, Hurd 7-41, Irwin 4-22, Jo. Howell 4-19, Ji. Howell 3-12; Northwest — Burton 9-25, Campbell 6-18, Slack 3-12, Silhavy 3-8, Lajoye 2-7, Scarberry 4-6, Bazler 2-2, Jenkins 2-0, Lacy 2-(-1).
PASSING: West — Irwin 4-5 97; Northwest — Scarberry 3-9-1 24.
RECEIVING: West — M. Howell 3-94, Koons 1-3; Northwest — Miller 3-24.
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