By LEE ADAMS
MABEN – The West Oktibbeha Timberwolves once again have bragging rights in the county.
West Oktibbeha claimed the Battle of the T's trophy with its 40-14 win over in-county rival East Oktibbeha on Friday night.
The Timberwolves big win gives them four consecutive wins against the Titans and surprisingly their high powered offense wasn't the main reason for they picked up the win.
"Our defense played outstanding," said West Oktibbeha. head coach Adam Lowrey. "I was more pleased with our defense than I was with our offense."
Unofficially, the Timberwolves' defense held the Titans' offense to around the 100-yard mark and only one offensive touchdown.
"I was hoping we could go the whole game with the shutout," said West Oktibbeha defensive coach Kelvin Cistrunk. "I was standing there watching the clock at one point, but we practiced hard and it paid off tonight and all the glory goes to God."
Cistrunk's defense held East Oktibbeha's quarterback Davalyn Bell to only 36 passing yards on 31 attempts and forced intercepted two of his passes. Bell, who is also a threat to run the ball, did find the end zone in the third quarter, but was held to only 11 rushing yards in the game.
The Titans other touchdown came on an 85-yard kickoff return by Teence Bell in the second quarter.
West Oktibbeha's offense might not have scored at will like in some games, but they were able to put together 632 yards of total offense led by quarterback Von Smith who threw for 231 yards and ran for 53 yards, accounting for four touchdowns. Two of Smith's four touchdowns where caught by Drake Powell who finished the night with 110 receiving yards and of course two touchdowns. Even though the Timberwolves moved the ball through the air, Shun Fair got his yardage on the ground. On 15 carries, Fair ran for 106 yards and one touchdown. Tiberias Lampkin also found his way into the end zone on the ground and ended the night with 41 rushing yards on eight carries.
"I was pleased with our guys, they came out an played hard," said Lowrey. "East Oktibbeha came out and played us hard on defense and made us adjust, which we did and we put up 40 which ain't bad."
With the win, West Oktibbeha improved its records to 7-2 overall and Class A, Region 3, District 4.
Next week, the Timberwolves will travel to Noxapater as they continue to their run for the division title, but the 40-14 loss could put the Titans, who will host Nanih Waiya on Friday, out of playoff contention as they fell to 5-4 overall and 3-3 in the region.
"We didn't get it done," said East Oktibbeha head coach Randy Brooks. "Going to the playoffs are not a big enough priority for them (Titans) now as it was at the beginning of the season. At some point, it just stopped being a priority."