With stout senior running back Delmas Holmes sidelined with a toe injury after the first series of the game, Scotlandville coach Eric Randall turned to his Friday night football game with a different sport in mind.
“Like baseball, just trying to manufacture some runs,” Randall said with a chuckle. “We take the victories as we can get them.”
Sophomore Joshua West transitioned into the starting backfield seamlessly, rushing for 79 yards on 12 carries while classmate and quarterback Levi Lewis added 62 yards of his own to lead the Hornets to a 19-6 win on a chilly evening at Broadmoor High School.
The Hornets showed their ground-and-pound game from the onset, putting it in the air only once on their game-opening, six-play drive that ended with Lewis’ 26-yard touchdown run, evading two defenders in the pocket to motor into the corner of the end zone.
While the Hornets offense focused on churning ground, the defense was set on stopping it, limiting Broadmoor’s dive option offense to zero completions, just 53 yards and two first downs in the opening half.
“Broadmoor’s been running that for years; they have it down to a science,” Randall said.
(Our defense) had to play well tonight and I thought they did a pretty good job of slowing down their quarterback and running back.”
Broadmoor had perhaps its most fruitful chance of the opening half after West fumbled on the Hornets’ third possession of the game, setting the Bucs up at the 38.
Consecutive first-down runs from running back Brodrick Dellihue put the Bucs in Scotlandville territory for the only time in the first half, but the drive stalled when fullback Henry Williams was stuffed on fourth-and-2.
Dellihue led the Bucs with 64 yards on 11 carries.
Broadmoor breathed new life into the otherwise dormant home crowd with an eight-play drive to open the second half, much like Scotlandville’s to open the game.
Lasting just over 8 minutes, the drive saw Broadmoor quarterback Earl Butler connect with Shane Burkes for the longest pass play of the night and Dellihue capped it with a dazzling 24-yard touchdown scamper to pull the Bucs within 13-6.
From there, the Scotlandville defense clamped down, forcing two consecutive punts and aided by three Broadmoor personal foul penalties that stalled potential scoring drives.
West darted through the Buc defensive line for the final touchdown with just over 4 minutes remaining, capping off a 62-yard drive where all yards came courtesy of West and running back Ramaj Moore.
“(Josh) didn’t think he was going to get thrust in that position,” Randall said. “He came out and did a great job running the football. He doesn’t weigh but 150 pounds soaking wet. The thing that helps us is he’s a leader.”
Gathered in a circle adjacent to the Scotlandville celebration, Broadmoor co-coach Elliot Wilkins lectured his team on the importance of week-to-week preparation, a factor he said the Bucs overlooked before the game.
“You prepare to win and you prepare to play the game,” Wilkins said. “Monday and Tuesday we didn’t prepare. Wednesday we tried to practice a little harder. It just didn’t happen for us. They were attacking us and we didn’t attack back.”