Behind another wonderful effort from Garrett Hurd, who ran for 139 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries, the West Senators’ football program rolled to its biggest victory of the 2017 season from a margin standpoint as West collected a monstrous 64-14 victory over Cincinnati Shroder on Friday evening in West Portsmouth.
Hurd, who also eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing mark in the victory, now has 1,113 yards rushing on the year and 11 touchdowns on 178 carries. The hard-nosed junior was followed by Cole Staggs, who ran for 52 yards and a touchdown on just five carries, along with Dylan Bradford, who collected 52 yards on only three totes. Bradford threw for 61 yards while completing five of his 10 passes to eclipse the 100-yard barrier offensively from a total yardage standpoint.
Youngsters Kyle Howell (three carries, 33 yards), Joey Cyrus (one carry, 21 yards), Hunter Brown (two carries, 11 yards), and Isaac Carson (one carry, six yards, TD) also impressed greatly, while Gabe Skaggs added an additional touchdown run as West ran for 323 yards on just 38 carries for an 8.5 yard-per-carry average.
From a receiving standpoint, Hurd, Skaggs, Cody Staggs, and Caleb Journey combined to collect all 61 receiving yards on five catches. Staggs continued his success from a special teams perspective as the senior added a 66-yard kick return and a 35-yard punt return to show out in all areas.
Defensively, Isaiah Norman proved to be a beast from the secondary as Norman took an interception back to the house and recovered a fumble. Drew Cassidy added a safety, booted a 49-yard punt that landed inside the 20-yard line, and kicked four touchbacks on the evening while also going a perfect eight-for-eight on PATs.
On the frontlines, Brandon Weaver led West with nine tackles and three tackles for a loss, while Jakeb Guilkey and Gabe Skaggs added six tackles apiece, including two stops in the backfield between the pair. Joe Igaz added a sack and a forced fumble, Skaggs forced a fumble, and Howell recovered a second fumble to cap off the dominating performance for the Senators.
With the win, West (9-0) will travel to Wheelersburg for a primo battle between two undefeated SOC II teams. The contest will not only decide the conference championship, but who obtains the No. 1 overall seed in Division V, Region 19.
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