Behind another outstanding defensive effort, the West Portsmouth Tanks continued to roll against its Blue Collar Football League (BCFL) brethren as West Portsmouth rolled over the Dayton Oilers, 53-6, on Saturday evening in West Portsmouth.
West Portsmouth, who scored 34 points in the first half alone, was led by the safety combination of Miami, Fla.’s Chris Hill and Lexington, Ky.’s Richard Elery, who have proven to be nothing but dominant all season long.
Hill, who recorded a team-high eight tackles, deflected two passes, and recorded two picks — including a 36-yard interception return to start off the game’s scoring, while Elery collected four tackles of his own, took a 48-yard punt return to paydirt, and added a 38-yard interception return to close out the game’s scoring.
Their efforts, along with an 18-yard interception return from Ironton’s Tony Murphy, allowed the defense and special teams to account for four of the game’s first five touchdowns en route to the 34-0 halftime lead.
In the second half of play, West Portsmouth’s own Job Swords took over the affair. First, Swords scampered for a 13-yard touchdown run with 3:47 remaining in the third quarter, then threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Jay Young just 12 seconds into the fourth quarter of play to increase the Tanks’ lead to a 47-0 tally. Swords then capped off his 7-for-16, 188-yard passing performance by throwing his second touchdown of the night — a 73-yarder to Michael Clay — to cap off the scoring.
In addition to Hill’s eight tackles and two picks, along with Elery’s four tackles and two picks, West Portsmouth’s Justin Staggs and Hampton, Ga.’s Charles Johnson each collected seven tackles, while West Portsmouth’s Dale Swords added five tackles to the cause. Hill, along with Winfield, W. Va.’s Chad Hudnall, each collected a sack on the evening.
Offensively, Clay led the receiving corps with two catches for 100 yards, including the 73-yard touchdown reception. Maykah Brown, a Lexington, Ky. native, rounded out the offensive scoring with his five-yard touchdown tote 52 seconds into the second quarter of play.
West Portsmouth will return to action next Saturday when the Tanks make the trip to Butler County to play the Broncos. The Tanks then receive a week off before taking on the Cincinnati Dukes in Cincinnati on July 8, and then will return home on July 15 to host the Portsmouth Stealth.
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