Victory came against a struggling Bonnabel team, and there’s a lot of season left. So, West Jefferson first-year coach Cyril Crutchfield didn’t want to get excited.
However, he did allow that the Buccaneers’ 55-7 victory Saturday evening at Hoss Memtsas Stadium seemed to lend itself to promise.
“We’re a work in progress, and we’re just trying to get better every week,” Crutchfield said. “I like the efficiency that we had. The biggest thing I liked is we didn’t have the mental mistakes that kill you, pre-snap errors.”
The win, in the District 8-5A opener for both teams, gave West Jefferson a 2-2 record. Bonnabel fell to 0-4.
The Buccaneers quickly took command, storming to a 34-7 halftime lead behind quarterback Coley Ransaw, who was 8-of-10 for 195 yards and two 50-yard touchdown passes to Tim Kent against Bonnabel’s porous defense in the half. Ransaw also scrambled for a 21-yard touchdown.
Ransaw, who completed his first seven passes, finished 10-of-13 for 219 yards.
“I feel this was my best game,” he said. “I connected with my receivers very well. We put in overtime during the week preparing, and it showed during the game.
“I’ve learned to keep my composure during the game, and I worked on my accuracy.”
The Buccaneers quickly led 14-0. Ransaw completed a slant pass to Kent, who turned it into a 50-yard touchdown just 2½ minutes into the game. Midway of the first quarter, David Carter ended a 61-yard drive with an 11-yard run.
After Ransaw’s scramble gave West Jeff a three-touchdown advantage, Bonnabel became invigorated by backup quarterback Jordon McInerney. McInerney guided the Bruins on a 12-play, 58-yard drive in which he scrambled 13 yards on third-and-9 for Bonnabel’s initial first down and completed an 8-yard pass to Nijel Steer. The drive ended with McInerney’s 1-yard sneak.
However, West Jefferson sophomore wide receiver Jamal Houston returned the ensuing kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown, and that clearly had a subduing effect on the Bruins.
A play as the first half ended all but finished off Bonnabel off. With four seconds left, West Jeff faced fourth-and-11 at the 50. Ransaw scrambled to his right and passed to Kent on the right sideline at the Bruins’ 32. He cut to his left, picked up a block, sped to the middle of the field then burst between a trio of defenders the rest of the way for the all the way for the score.
The Buccaneers’ defense then held Bonnabel to 71 yards in the second half — 6 yards rushing.
“I got a couple of good blocks on that play, and it was good to get a big play to end the half,” he said. “We have improved from week to week.
“We’re coming together offensively and starting to play well as a team.”