David Carter gained 189 yards on 18 carries, and West Jefferson’s defense dominated the line of scrimmage as the Buccanners pounded overmatched Grace King 42-10 at Hoss Memtsas Stadium on Thursday night.
The victory is the first for Cyril Crutchfield as West Jefferson’s head coach. Grace King (0-1) is a member of District 8-5A but is not competing for district honors.
Carter scored two first-quarter touchdowns, and the Buccaneers took a commanding 28-0 halftime lead.
“He’s a workhorse,” Crutchfield said. “We’re going to need him down the stretch. We just have to be able to complement our run with our passing. A couple of times we dropped balls that could have produced some yards. That’s just something we have to improve on.”
West Jefferson rushed for 281 Yards, but had 322 before substitutes came in and two high snaps resulted in 41 yards in losses. However, the Buccaneers had only 65 yards passing. as quarterback Coley Ransaw completed seven of 19 passes.
However, the way West Jeff’s defensive line played, it didn’t matter. Grace King gained 180 yards, with 115 coming in the second half when the outcome was not in doubt.
Russell Kelly led the Irish with 94 yards on 14 carries. Eighty-seven yards, including a 57-yard run, came in the second half. He scored on a 4-yard run at 3:40 of the third quarter.
“They were more physical than us up front,” Grace King coach Larry Lala said. “We had two dropped passes that would have been first downs in the first half, and we missed a first down by inches. That might have made a difference early.”
Carter rushed for 143 yards and two touchdowns 11 carries as the Buccaneers took the 28-point lead. Both touchdowns came in the first quarter, staking West Jeff to a 14-0 lead.
His first score came on a 41-yard sweep left at 6:49, and his second, a 10-yard run off right guard at 3:59. He paced 182 yards rushing by the Buccaneers.
The Buccaners also scored on a 1-yard touchdown pass from Coley Ransaw to wide receiver Jamal Houston with 2:53 left in the first half and a 23-yard scramble by Ransaw with nine seconds showing.
That it was the first full game was evident. Ransaw was 6-of-16 for 68 yards in the half but had two passes dropped and threw high on two others that were incomplete.
“We have to work on discipline, or little things will turn into big things,” Crutchfield said. “But the kids have been working hard.”
Grace King did not complete a pass. Quarterback Anthony Marino was 0-for-6 facing a heavy pass rush. The Irish did not attempt a pass in the second half.