By Charles Curcio, Sports Editor
Sunday, September 1, 2013 —
Excitement in the football fans of West Stanly High School was running high all week long after the Colts led at halftime 14-7 last week and lost in the late stages of the game at Northwest Cabarrus.
New West head coach James Johnson took to their home field Friday night in front of a rowdy kelly green-clad home crowd to take on a South Stanly team opening their 2013 season.
The opening play of the game was a precursor to West’s success as the Colts shutout South 54-0.
West Stanly’s 54 points in the game are the second-most points scored by the Colts in a game in the schools 51-year history. West last scored 54 points on Nov. 2, 1984 when the Jerry Osbourne-led West Stanly squad beat Parkwood 54-0.
West Stanly’s defensive shutout of South was also the first shutout by the Colts on the field since shutting out Cuthbertson 20-0 on Sept. 17, 2010.
On the game’s opening kickoff, kicker Ethan Greene knocked the ball off the side of his foot inadvertently and West recovered the kickoff at the South 33-yard line. Using the short field, West drove four plays in 1:38, finished off by a six-yard Ryan McCormick touchdown run and an early 6-0 lead.
The Colts held South to a three-and-out on the Bulls’ first series of the night, forcing a punt, then drove 44 yards in five plays, capped off with a Matt Price touchdown pass to Ethan Morgan for 34 yards. McCormick then added the two-point conversion.
South Stanly fumbled on their next offensive play, one of four turnovers in the game for the Bulls, but South got the ball right back when Bernardo Granados jumped a West route and picked off a ball and returned it to the South 42-yard line.
Facing 3rd down and 12 at their own 40, the Bulls went back to the air but Burris’ pass was picked off by Trey Barbee, who took the ball down to the South Stanly three-yard line before being knocked out of bounds. McCormick scored on the very next play and B.J. Hill found the endzone on a two-point conversion with a run up the middle
to make it 22-0 West Stanly, still in the first quarter.
South’s best drive of the night came late in the first quarter. Burris found Terrance Smith and Easton Horton on back-to-back passes to convert after an illegal motion penalty for a first down, then Granados had the biggest run of the night for South on a fake punt down to the West 40-yard line. The Bulls pushed the ball to the 38 but a Hill sack of Burris and a three-yard run on 3rd and 15 forced a punt.
West’s first drive of the second quarter found paydirt, a 10-play, 80-yard march that took 3:35 off the clock, including two long McCormick runs of 30 and 21 yards. The 21-yard run came after Price fumbled the football and it found its way into McCormick’s hands, who then raced down the left side of the field to turn 2nd down and 22 into 3rd down and four. Price scored on the option play three plays later to push the score to 28-0.
SS 0 0 0 0 0
WS 22 20 6 6 54
WS – Ryan McCormick 6 run (kick failed), 10:24, 1st
WS – Ethan Morgan 34 pass from Matt Price (McCormick run), 7:03, 1st
WS – McCormick 3 run (B.J. Hill run), 5:16, 1st
WS – Price 5 run (kick failed), 8:16, 2nd
WS – Taylan Rowe 9 pass from Matt Price (Logan Greene kick), 5:40, 2nd
WS – B.J. Hill 23 run (Greene kick), 2:14, 2nd
WS – Caleb Thompson 10 fumble return (kick failed), 10:51, 3rd
WS – Malik Jackson 10 run (kick failed), 1:55, 4th
1st Downs 5 19
Rushing 47-(-60) 41-218
Passing 53 97
C-A-I 6-26-2 5-9-2
Punts 5-23.6 0-0
Penalties 5-35 6-50
Fum.-Lst. 5-2 5-0
3rd Down 1-13 4-8
4th Down 1-5 2-3
TOP 23:20 24:40
Rushing: SS – Lomax 8-(-29), Burris 5-(-8); Lewellen 4-2; Brewer 2-(-4); Granados 1-20; J. Horton 1-1; E. Horton 1-(-5); TEAM 2-(-37). WS – McCormick 13-102, 2 TD; Jackson 7-39, TD; Price 7-16, TD; Barbee 5-28; Hill 3-33, TD; Izaguirre 3-2; Balmas 2-(-2); Brown 1-0.
Passing: SS – Burris 6-26, 53 yds, 2 int. WS – Price 5-9, 2 TD, 2 int.
Receiving: SS – Smith 2-14; Brewer 2-9; E. Horton 1-12; Pope 1-18. WS – Rowe 3-37, TD; Morgan 2-60, TD.