LMS Tigers torch West Wilson for second big win
After hammering Whitthorne 47-0 a week earlier, the Lewisburg Middle School Tigers devoured another opponent on Thursday night when they crushed West Wilson 46-8 at home to avenge a 30-20 loss to the Wildcats last year.
With West Wilson drowning in a sea of early mistakes, the Tigers washed away the Wildcats with a tidal wave of touchdowns and raced out to a 38-0 lead in the first half before cruising to their second straight blowout victory.
"I was very surprised with how easily we won," said LMS coach Elliot Cook. "I told the kids that this game was going to be a war. Last year West Wilson was the most physical team that we played. They were ready to go home pretty quickly tonight though".
The Tigers turned in their second consecutive dominant defensive performance and forced three West Wilson turnovers while limiting the Wildcats to a paltry 96 yards of total offense, all on the ground.
"We hit them in the mouth on every snap. You take people's will away when you do that," said Cook.
Hunter Lancaster, Kyrese Harris, Wesley Walker, and Roshan Desai led Lewisburg's defensive effort with four tackles apiece, while Jayshon Wilcox, Devontavious Wilson, and Dagon Stacey each recorded three tackles. Malik Thomison and Chandler both recovered a fumble for the Tigers as well with Thomison also notching an interception.
Tailback Demarus Carey was West Wilson's biggest bright spot and rushed for 46 yards and a touchdown on five carries, while Jackson Odette toted the ball four times for 34 yards.
Rolling up yards
The Tigers picked up yardage in big chucks for the second straight week and averaged 10.6 yards per play en route to finishing with 223 yards of total offense overall, which included 166 yards rushing on 17 carries.
Tailback Wesley Walker spearheaded LMS' ground attack by rushing for 111 yards and three touchdowns on only five carries. Thomison tallied 18 yards and a TD on three carries as well, while Miciah Greer toted the ball twice for 16 yards.
Lewisburg quarterback K.J. Johnson kept West Wilson's defense honest by completing 2-of-3 passes for 51 yards and a touchdown to go along with a three-yard TD run. Thomison also saw time at quarterback and completed his lone pass attempt for six yards.
Mitchell Ford, Wilson, and Bennett Fleming each caught one pass for 27, 24, and six yards respectively with Wilson scoring a touchdown. Wilson had a major impact in special teams as well and returned three kicks for 101 yards.
The Tigers came charging out of the gates and put together a six-play, 77-yard touchdown drive on their opening possession to grab an 8-0 lead. After Walker ripped off consecutive runs of 15 and 21 yards to move the ball to the Wildcat 41, Terrez Smith had a 20-yard run negated because of a motion penalty, but Greer scampered for 16 yards on the next play to give LMS another first down. Following a 27-yard reception by Ford, Walker scored on a three-yard TD run before Johnson ran in the two-point conversion.
Lewisburg quickly got the ball back when Gillespie recovered a fumble by West Wilson running back Brian Aikens at the Wildcat 28.
It took the Tigers just one play to cash in on the favorable field position, as Walker burst up the middle for a 28-yard touchdown jaunt. On the two-point conversion, Johnson found Fleming in the end zone to stretch LMS' lead to 16-0 with 5:27 left in the first quarter.
After forcing a three and out by the Wildcats, Wilson returned the ensuing punt 36 yards to set up the Tigers at the West Wilson 11. Johnson then scored on a three-yard TD run two plays later before connecting with Ford on the two-point conversion attempt to give Lewisburg a 24-0 advantage.
Things continued to rapidly go downhill for West Wilson, as Thomison recovered another fumble by Aikens at the Wildcat 30. The Tigers once again converted the West Wilson miscue into points, as Johnson hit Wilson for a 24-yard touchdown strike before Lancaster booted the extra point to make it 31-0 with :48 left in the first quarter.
Following another Wildcat punt, Walker broke loose for a 44-yard touchdown run while Lancaster tacked on the extra point to stretch the Tigers lead to 38-0 early in the second period.
West Wilson had a chance to break up the shutout late in the second quarter after advancing down to the Tiger 15 with the help of a 17-yard jaunt by Odette and a Drew Hanks 10-yard run. The Wildcats, however, ended up self destructing, as Odette had a 12-yard run called back because of an illegal shift penalty before quarterback Caleb Silva fumbled the snap two plays later as time expired in the half.
Score paid back
West Wilson finally got on the board on their second possession of the second half when Carey scored on an 18-yard touchdown scamper midway through the fourth quarter to cap a six-play, 78-yard drive. Tyler Graves then ran in the two-point conversion to trim the deficit to 38-8.
The Tigers immediately got those points back, as Wilson returned the ensuing kickoff 42 yards to the Wildcat 26 before Thomison scrambled into end zone from 18 yards out. Lewisburg appeared to botch the extra point attempt, but holder Bradley Kistner managed to improvise and found Keshun Gentry in the end zone for the two-point conversion to wrap up Lewisburg's 46-8 victory.