In a crosstown rivalry matchup between the West Portsmouth Tanks and the Portsmouth Stealth on Saturday afternoon, it was West Portsmouth who emerged victorious as the Tanks defeated the Stealth, 41-0, to move to 4-0 overall and 3-0 in the Blue Collar Football League’s (BCFL) East Division following a contest at Spartan Stadium in Portsmouth.
Job Swords, who has had a fantastic season for West Portsmouth, continued his standout play from the quarterback position by throwing for 184 yards and three touchdowns on 9-of-18 passing for the evening. On Saturday, Michael Clay proved to be his favorite target as the Lexington, Ky. product caught three passes for 78 yards and two touchdowns, while fellow Lexington product Jontez Jones caught two balls for 65 tallies and a score of his own.
If it was even possible, however, the Tanks proved to be even stingier on the defensive side of the football. West Portsmouth, who put together its third shutout in four affairs, was led by Chris Hill, who accumulated 12 tackles, 3.5 sacks, and a pass deflection to head the charge at the strong safety spot. Dale Swords, who joined Antwan Williams as the only guys to obtain a score via the ground game, added nine tackles and two sacks from his linebacker position, while Clyde Manuel collected eight tackles and a sack and Justin Staggs collected seven stops from his middle linebacker slot.
In the secondary, Richard Elery joined Hill by making a big impact, as Elery collected five tackles and took an 83-yard interception return to paydirt. Chance Freeman and Geoffrey White — the latter being a defensive end — also collected a pick on the evening, while Chad Hudnall, Dominique Johnson, Steve Lee, and Dion McKinley each collected at least four tackles and 1.5 sacks apiece. Zack Christenson capped off another standout effort by going a perfect 3-for-3 on field goal tries.
West Portsmouth obtains a week off before returning home to host the Dayton Oilers at The Complex in West Portsmouth. Portsmouth, who sits at 1-2 on the year, will look to get back on the right track with a contest against the West Virginia Lightning looming.
POST 142 GOES 1-3 AGAINST ATHENS, LANCASTER
The Waverly Post 142 squad collected mixed results over the weekend against Athens Post 21 and Lancaster Post 11, splitting a twinbill against Athens (lost 3-0, won 19-11) and dropping both games of a doubleheader to Lancaster (8-3 and 11-1 in five innings) on Saturday and Sunday in Athens and Lancaster.
Wheelersburg standout Xander Carmichael was, without question, a big part of Waverly’s success against Athens in its second game against Post 21, going 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI in Post 142’s 19-11 victory.
It was nice to get a split (against Athens),” Waverly Post 142 head coach Jonathan Teeters said. “I am proud of our guys for battling back there in game. We’re starting to get our timing down and really square the ball up.”
With the 1-3 weekend, Waverly Post 142 now holds a 2-3 overall record. They’ll play Logan Post 78 on Tuesday in Waverly.