T-Wolves win behind Smith
MABEN â€“ West Oktibbeha head coach Adam Lowrey promised Timberwolves fans a show prior to Friday night's game with Edinburg.
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By halftime, Lowrey's quarterback Von Smith staked claim as the main attraction.
Smith completed 10 of his 11 passes before the intermission, racking up 324 yards and a pair of touchdowns, setting the pace for West Oktibbeha's 45-0 win over the Eagles.
The talented sophomore finished the night with 396 yards and four touchdowns through the air, in addition to a pair of first half rushing scores.
With such impressive statistics, it would have been easy for Smith to bask in the glory of his night's work.
Instead, Smith praised the efforts of those around him as the Timberwolves cruised to their fourth-straight victory.
"If it wasn't for the Lord and my line, none of this passing offense would be here," said Smith. "Every one of us works hard at practice and that comes out for these games."
Smith set the tone early for West Oktibbeha (5-1, 4-0). Though the Timberwolves ran just eight offensive plays in the first quarter, Smith and company's big-play ability turned those opportunities into a 19-0 advantage heading to the second period.
Though the quarters changed, the fireworks remained. On West Oktibbeha's first possession of the second half, Smith hit Aaron Brownlee with a 76-yard strike to put the Timberwolves up 26-0.
Lowrey couldn't believe his eyes.
"It was the prettiest go-route I have ever seen," Lowrey said. "I was just beside myself."
The pass to Brownlee was just one highlight on a night full of them for West Oktibbeha.
Dwight Quinn also found himself on the receiving end of a pair of long-strike scoring plays, a 75-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter and a 56-yarder that capped the Timberwolves scoring in the fourth.
Running back Tiberious Lampkin also found the end zone in the game for West Oktibbeha.
Still, the night belonged to Smith, though Lowrey took a page out of his quarterback's book by shining some credit to the Timberwolves offensive line.
The combination of linemen Pavious Lawrence, Jeremy Brown, Steven Robertson, Alex Dawkins, Jonathan Chambers, and Vasquez Clark haven't allowed a sack in four games, and have allowed just three all season.
"We throw the ball 30 times a game," said Lowrey. "I just have to tip my hat to them. They are giving (Smith) the protection and the time to let speedsters like Dwight Quinn and Aaron Brownlee and Tiberious Lampkin and Drake Powell succeed. It is a corporate affair. Everybody is playing well together."
Yet no one seems to be playing any better than the Timberwolves signal-caller.
"(Smith's) accuracy is God-given," said Lowrey. "I saw that the day I got him in the eighth grade and he told me he could throw. But he's also got a great work ethic that makes his reads so quick. We preach that you have to make fast and accurate decisions. He's doing all that."
Even more impressive, Smith led his team to a big night against a now 0-5 Edinburg team that some squads would find it hard to get up for.
"We just came out knowing we had to play Edinburg just like they were Nanih Waiya or Weir," said Smith. "We just have to play everybody the same way."
West Oktibbeha will get its shot at tradition-rich Weir next week. The Timberwolves and Lions kick off at 7 p.m. in Choctaw County in a key Class A, Region 3 matchup.