The West Stanly soccer workforce had now not performed a varsity soccer recreation at the box in 483 days ahead of Friday’s house recreation as opposed to Wooded area Hills.
West had a scrimmage and two non-conference video games all canceled, forcing the Colts to open their season towards Wooded area Hills, probably the most convention’s winningest systems historically.
With the season shifting to the spring, West Stanly additionally needed to play with out standout Jordan Poole, who graduated early to play spring soccer for N.C State College.
The Jackets, underneath first-year head trainer Jammie Deese, had two video games underneath their belt getting into Friday’s recreation, together with a 14-12 come from in the back of win over Union Pines.
West Stanly’s protection close down Wooded area Hills’ offense and were given dashing contributions from more than one gamers in a 21-Zero shutout win.
The Colts (1-0, 1-Zero RRC) restricted the Jackets to 6 first downs within the recreation and 12 yards passing, forcing two turnovers. West additionally restricted Wooded area Hills to 0-of-Five on third-down conversions.
“We weren’t on protection that a lot. Our defensive position put excellent drive (at the Jackets),” junior linebacker Gavin Hudson mentioned.
“(Linebacker) Seth Efird had a perfect recreation,” he added, noting new protection Khaleel McAuley’s interception within the 1/3 quarter. McAuley picked off a Jayden McDougall cross after all zone, preventing the Jackets’ best pressure of the evening.
Offensively, West managed the road of scrimmage with 274 web dashing yards on 56 carries. Braden Hartsell and Blake Helms led West with 87 and 79 dashing yards, respectively, whilst Logan Little, Jordan Manshack and Gavin Hudson additionally scored dashing touchdowns.
The Colts additionally ruled time of ownership, having the ball 34:17 to 13:43 for Wooded area Hills (1-2, 0-1 RRC).
Manshack, the beginning quarterback for West, mentioned the primary part was once a bit tough offensively. Then again, the second one part, the offense was once “superb.”
The senior mentioned taking part in Wooded area Hills to open the season was once difficult, however he was once pleased with his teammates’ efforts, particularly the offensive line “which is what were given the offense going.”
West’s quarterback mentioned he and his teammates knew they’d have the ability to transfer the ball, however with out the explosive big-play nature of Poole within the lineup, drives can be longer with shorter runs.
Hudson added it was once nice to only after all have the ability to move out and play a recreation.
“Two weeks in the past once they canceled our scrimmage, I used to be about to head loopy at my space. We had been excited to get out right here and knock some heads,” Hudson mentioned.
Friday’s shutout was once the primary shutout via West over the Jackets since an 8-Zero win in 1972.
It was once the fourth win in a row for the Colts over Wooded area Hills in a sequence the place the Jackets have received 34 out of 45 overall video games since 1962.
West head trainer Brett Morton mentioned the errors his workforce made confirmed they had been two weeks in the back of.
“There’s completely no substitution for being in a recreation taking part in at recreation pace,” Morton mentioned.
“(Wooded area Hills) had a excellent recreation plan They compelled us to regulate on protection.”
West had 10 consequences within the recreation and allowed 4 quarterback sacks, however didn’t flip the ball over on offense.
“We after all were given adjusted in the second one part doing what we had to do to transport the ball,” Morton mentioned.
West Stanly is going at the highway Friday to play Central Academy (0-2, 0-1 RRC) who misplaced at Mount Delightful Friday evening, 49-0.
“We’re a one week at a time bunch. (Our gamers) can move so far as they wish to move,” Morton mentioned in regards to the present season.