CRAWFORD – The West Oktibbeha Timberwolves were able to take their win streak to six and remained undefeated in Class A, Region 3 with a 34-6 victory Friday night over cross-county rival East Oktibbeha.
“I am real proud of the boys (Friday) night,” West Oktibbeha coach Adam Lowrey said. “The first half was sloppy, but they managed to bounce back at half and closed the game with a lot of energy.”
West Oktibbeha started the game by recovering an onside kick, but two plays later Von Smith’s pass was intercepted by the Titan’s Jermaine Gillespie.
Immediately following the East Oktibbeha interception, Von Smith intercepted Justin Williams to stop the Titan drive. Tiberias Lampkin then stepped in with a 5-yard touchdown run with 9:56 to go in the first.
Also in the first quarter, Smith came through with a 9-yard quarterback keeper on an option read to give the Timberwolves another six points with 2:09 left to play. Lampkin capped off the play with the two-point conversion to place West Oktibbeha ahead 14-0 at the end of one.
Things leaned more defensively in the second quarter as the Timberwolves did not manage to cross the goal until just before the close of the half. With 30 seconds left to play, Lampkin rushed for 10 yards and the score. After a failed two-point conversion, the score stood 20-0 West Oktibbeha at the half.
The third quarter started off slow, but at the 4:49 mark West Oktibbeha scored on a 32-yard Lampkin touchdown run. The Timberwolves again attempted the two point conversion, but were stopped placing the score at 26-0.
East Oktibbeha secured its only score with 2:15 to play in the third, as Gillespie found Curtis Randal on a 40-yard pass. Following a failed two-point conversion, the score stood 26-6 Timberwolves.
“We showed how young we are this season,” East Oktibbeha coach Randy Brooks said. “We have got to get some senior leadership. In order to be a successful football team, you have to have seniors that step up and lead. We don’t have that. We have some big kids for the future, but right now we are just young.”
A pair of Timberwolves combined at the 10:30 mark to provide the only score of the fourth quarter. After a Smith injury earlier, it was Kelsey Jefferson stepping into the pocket and finding Lavante Tate with a 37-yard touchdown pass. After a couple of failed two point conversions, Lampkin stepped in for the attempt this time finding success to close the night 34-6.
Lampkin concluded the night with a total of 22 carries for 162 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, West Oktibbeha was highlighted by interceptions by Smith and Rontavis Clark.
“It means a lot to win against our rival, but every game matters,” Lampkin said. “This year we want to put a message out there that West Oktibbeha is not laying down for anybody. We want to prove we are championship contenders.”
West Oktibbeha, 8-1 overall and 6-0 region, hosts Noxapater for Senior Night next Friday, while East Oktibbeha, 2-7 overall and 1-5 region, travels to face the Nanih Waiya Warriors.