Timberwolves win in blowout against Ethel
For Adam Lowrey and the West Oktibbeha Timberwolves, there weren’t many plays that did not go their way Friday night as they beat Ethel 51-6.
For instance, two of West Oktibbeha’s (6-2, 5-1 in division play) touchdowns came on plays that started with fumbles. In the third quarter, quarterback Von Smith fumbled the ball rolling out of the pocket, but picked it up and threw a 65-yard bomb to receiver Dwight Quinn for a touchdown. In the fourth quarter, Smith picked up a fumbled hand off and ran it into the end zone for a 2-yard touchdown run.
Despite the lopsided score, Lowrey did see some rustiness from his guys, and knows that is something they will need to fix.
“We just want to get better and I did see us pick up,” Lowrey said. “We gotta finish the season out. That’s one thing we didn’t do last year that we want to do this year.”
Ethel scored on the first drive of the game on a 12-yard touchdown run by Anez Hopkins, but the Timberwolves scored 51-unanswered points the rest of the way. Ethel was held to just 165 yards of total offense for the night after getting 71 yards on the first drive.
Quinn did not get the ball in his hands very often in Friday night’s win, but when he did he took full advantage of it. The junior caught three touchdown passes and returned a punt 73 yards for a touchdown in the six times he had the ball in his hands. He finished the game with 148 yards receiving.
“I just came to play ball,” Quinn said. “Von found the routes and hit me.”
Lowrey was pleased with the play of Quinn, who he believes is one of the top receivers in all of Class 1A.
“He is electrifying,” Lowrey said. “He’s gotta be one of the fastest in 1A. The kid can really fly.”
Aaron Brownlee made an impact on both sides of the ball in the blowout win. He tallied six tackles, three of which were for a loss, and caught seven passes for 132 yards and a touchdown. Brownlee even made a big special teams play, recovering a kickoff that had bounced off an Ethel player to give the Timberwolves the ball in good field position.
“He’s my player of the game, by far, because of what he did on both sides of the ball,” Lowrey said.
Smith continued his trend of putting up big numbers, throwing for 359 yards and five touchdowns, and rushing for a touchdown as well. The sophomore sits atop Class 1A in many statistical categories.
Tiberious Lampkin notched a touchdown reception, and Shaun Fair ran for a touchdown in the first half as well.
Defensively, Jeremy Brown led the team with 12 tackles, and anchored the offensive line on the other side of the ball.
“He never comes off the field,” Lowrey said. “He doesn’t wanna come out. He’s so stellar.”
With the win, the Timberwolves are third in their division, and they will welcome first-place Nanih Waiya to Maben next Friday. Lowrey put his own twist on a famous saying during his post-game speech to his players to prep them for next week.
“The Lord says it’s better to give than to receive,” Lowrey told his team. “So let’s give them a whoopin.”
The Timberwolves made it look easy this week against Ethel, but the real challenge will come with next week’s visit from the Warriors.