By Ruthie Robison The Webster Progress-Times
The West Oktibbeha Timberwolves hosted the Nanih Waiya Warriors in Maben last Friday in their first round of division play this season.
The Warriors’ offense was silenced in the first half of the game while the Timberwolves’ offense exploded.
West Oktibbeha set the tone in the first quarter with an 87-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Von Smith to wide receiver Lavante Tate. The Timberwolves took the lead, 6-0. West Oktibbeha would hold on to the lead for the rest of the game.
The second quarter was dominated by West Oktibbeha standout running back Tiberias Lampkin. Lampkin stacked up three touchdowns for the Timberwolves, which included a run from 13 yards out, a 50-yard dash and a 10-yard run. Lampkin also completed a two-point conversion giving West Oktibbeha a 26-0 lead going into halftime.
In the third quarter, Lampkin entered the end zone again with a 23- yard run. After the extra point, West Oktibbeha had increased their momentum, 33-0.
The Warriors answered back. Nanih Waiya sophomore Jamarlo Smith punched it in to the end zone from 57 yards.
A few minutes later, the Warriors struck again. Quarterback Luke Rosamond connected nine yards through the air with senior Zach Hanna. Deandre Holmes added the extra points taking a bite at the Timberwolf lead, 33-14.
The Timberwolves’ next possession turned out unproductive with the Warrior defense forcing West Oktibbeha to punt giving Nanih Waiya another chance to cut away at the Timberwolves’ lead. But a fumble recovered by West Oktibbeha’s Johnny Chambers halted the Warriors’ efforts for another touchdown in the third quarter. One play later, West Oktibbeha increased their lead with a 42-yard run by Jonathan Love handing the Timberwolves a 39-14 advantage.
In the fourth quarter, Lampkin made a two-yard touchdown run for the Timberwolves.
Nanih Waiya’s offense fired up shortly after with Smith’s 33-yard run to the end zone. Senior Ty Higginbotham added the extra point; however, it would not be enough to overcome the growing deficit.
Lampkin struck again later in the fourth quarter capping West Oktibbeha’s 52-21 win over the Warriors with a touchdown run from 26 yards out.
On the offensive side of the ball, Lampkin led the rushing attack with 23 carries on 265 yards with six touchdowns. Smith followed with five carries on 58 yards while Love had four carries on 62 yards with a touchdown.
Smith was 8-21 through the air with one touchdown.
Tate had five receptions for 128 yards with one touchdown during the game while Jerell Daniels had two receptions on 34 yards and Kelsey Jefferson had one reception on 12 yards.
Lampkin and Love led the defense with 10 stops each, while Chambers followed with eight.
West Oktibbeha now possesses a 3-1 overall record and is 1-0 in their division.
This Friday night the Timberwolves will enter their second game of division play against the Weir Lions.
The Lions have a 1-4 overall record and are 0-2 in division games. Weir was recently defeated by Pelahatchie, 46-13.
Kickoff will be at 7:30 p.m.