West’s Poole has big night in home game versus East Rowan
Published 12:25 am Saturday, September 28, 2019
The leading rusher in Stanly County, West Stanly’s Jordan Poole, continued his strong junior campaign as the Colts had one final non-conference tuneup Friday night at home against East Rowan.
Poole scored on his first rush from scrimmage for the fourth time in five games and finished with big numbers in a storm-shortened 46-7 win for the Colts over the Mustangs (2-3).
West’s standout junior finished with 256 yards on 14 carries with four rushing touchdowns. Poole had scoring runs of 85, 56, 45 and two yards and also hauled in a 35-yard TD pass from junior quarterback Jordan Manshack.
“We talk all the time at practice about making one man miss. That’s what I try to do every time I get the football. That’s what it comes down to when I get past the first level,” Poole said.
The junior added West’s offensive line is playing their tail off.
“You can tell (the line) believes in whomever is running the ball for us,” Poole said.
Manshack threw for 104 yards on 5-of-7 passing adding 45 yards on the ground scoring two rushing touchdowns.
Poole said West’s quarterback is a dual threat to run or pass.
“When he throws, he’s definitely on point and always gives me a great ball (to catch),” Poole said.
West head coach Brett Morton said Poole’s efforts this season show the work he put in during the offseason. He added Poole has a speed burst to the edge but also can run between the tackles.
“He’s become more patient and learned a lot each week. He’s improving how to run along with his speed,” Morton said.
The Colts’ defense turned in another solid performance in the win. Poole’s counterpart for the Mustangs, Sammy Pickney, finished with 164 yards on 21 carries including a 75-yard touchdown run.
His yards, however, were the only positive yards the Mustangs had in the game. West’s defense recovered three fumbles on kickoffs while the Colts’ Austin Stoker picked off a Braeden Moore pass. Moore finished with no passing yards going 0-for-4.
West Stanly has a bye this week and opens Rocky River Conference play Oct. 4 at Forest Hills. The Jackets won Friday night over North Stanly, 42-28.