Lexington – The West Stokes Wildcats started their 2014 football season with a 27-0 shutout win over 3A Central Davidson High School on Friday, August 22nd in Lexington, N.C.
Rashad Witherspoon got the Wildcats on the board mid-way through the first quarter on a 2-yard run up the middle on a fourth down play. “This was our first offensive series of the season and we wanted to end it with a score,” said 12-year head coach Jimmy Upchurch. “Fourth and goal from the two, and we were going to go for it. Our big boys up front opened up the holes and Rashad went in untouched. That is what we like to see! Coach (Ben) Helpler and (Ray) Rhodes do a fabulous job with our offensive line.”
West’s quarterback Alex Manly rumbled 14-yards for another touchdown early in the second quarter. Channing Lynch came on for his second extra-point in as many attempts to put the Wildcats up 14-0 at the half.
To begin the second half, the offensive line opened up a huge hole in the middle of the line and Witherspoon scampered 53-yards to pay dirt. Lynch’s extra-point was blocked, but the Cats were up 20-0 with only 20-seconds gone in the second half.
The Wildcats’ used a 7-play drive and scored when Witherspoon ran for his third touchdown of the night with 7:38 left in the game. Lynch added the extra-point and the Purple Cats extended their lead to 27-0.
“Our defense played lights out,” Upchurch commented. “To hold an offense like Central’s down you had to stay discipline and play your area. Coach (Mark) Boyd and the defense had the perfect game plan for them and they executed it to perfection. Coach Boyd does a great job with those kids and is a tremendous asset to our program.”
Witherspoon led the Wildcats with 161-yards on 21-carries and 3-touchdowns. Manly had 5-rushes for 42-yards and a touchdown. As a team, the Cats tallied 262-total yards even though the time of possession was heavily in the Spartans favor.
Defensively for the Wildcats, they held Central’s wing-t offense to only 61-total yards on the night. Jacob Bratcher and Caustin Beckner led the team with 12-tackles each. Bratcher also added two sacks on the evening. Alex Helvey and Matthew Craver tallied 10-tackles each, while Dorin Johnson had nine. Alex Finney came off the bench with 6-tackles and 2-sacks.
The Wildcat (1-0) will be back in action Friday night, August 29th when they host 4A Reagan Raiders (1-0) at 7:30pm. The Raiders are coming off a 28-14 over North Forsyth High School.
Week 1 Game Highlights vs. Central Davidson
Game Stats vs. Central Davidson
Photo Credit: Michael Mullins