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West Oktibbeha overwhelms Weir

September 24, 2011

West Oktibbeha quarterback Von Smith throws a pass against Weir Friday night. He had 29 completions in the game. (Photo by Lee Adams, SDN)


MABEN – It was the Von Smith and Drake Powell show on Friday night as they connected for half of the passing yards in the Timberwolves 38-8 win over Weir.
"These two young men have been putting in good time and what they did tonight is just a reflection of the entire team," said West Oktibbeha head coach Adam Lowrey. "To the Lord be all the glory."
Powell, who finished the night with 15 catches for 220 yards and one touchdown, was Smith's favorite target against the Lions. In every key third down situation, it seemed as if Smith found Powell, who managed to pick up the first down more times than not. 
"He was the go-to guy and the man with the hot hands," said Smith. "I was just trying my best to make an accurate throw and put the ball in his hands."
Smith had another big night completing 29 passes out of 43 attempts for 409 yards and four touchdowns, but did it without his normal favorite target Dwight Quinn, who didn't play.
Without Quinn, Powell knew it was a chance for him to help the team.
"I knew I had to step up," said Powell. "I wanted to get the feel of the game and make tonight my night, but if it wasn't for the offensive line, I wouldn't have what I had tonight."
Powell's night might have been a surprise to many but not to his coach. 
"I've been talking about Drake for a while," said Lowrey. "He's been doing everything right in practice and whatever you do, do unto the Lord and he will bless all of your ways and tonight was a reward for him."
Even though he finished the night with only one touchdown, Powell had opportunities to catch more, but they went off his fingertips. Bouncing back after dropping a big pass can be mentally tough for players to do, but that was not the case for Powell.
"I just shook it off because I knew I would make up for it," said Powell.
Before Powell and Smith's big night start taking shape, the Lions drove down the field and scored first on a 2-yard touchdown run by Jimarrian "Mojo" Woodard. However after taking the 8-0 lead, the Lions were without Woodard who sat out the rest of the game with an injury.
"A lot of my offense goes through him," said Weir head coach Danya Turner. "When Mojo with his 85 percent of offense that's a big chunk, but we still had our chances."
After taking the 8-0 lead, the Lions were unable to contain the Timberwolves, as they scored 38 unanswered points.
"Hats off to West Okt.," said Turner. "They are a team of athletes and they are a great team."
The 38 unanswered points came from numerous West Oktibbeha players, and despite Smith and Powell's connection for first downs, the majority of touchdowns came from Tiberias Lampkin and Bishop Robinson who had two each. 
The Timberwolves came into Friday night's game on a two-game skid, but Smith thinks that's what motivated himself and his team as they got back on the winning way.
"It feels good to get back on track tonight," said Smith. "We work hard and we came off the Nanih Waiya game hungry and we were ready to lick back on the next team." 
The offense found their groove in the second quarter and never let up, but it wasn't just their effort that got the win.
"I was real proud of our guys and their team effort," said Lowrey. "We had some players out for various reasons, but we stood together and really produced and performed."
The 38-8 win is believed to be the first time in 39 years, that West Oktibbeha, or any other school name in their history, has defeated the Lions, but Lowrey wasn't impressed by breaking the losing streak.
"I'm not 39 years old so I'm just glad for tonight," said Lowrey.
The Timberwolves improved to 3-2 this season and are now 1-1 in division play, while the Lions fell to 1-5 and 0-3 in the division.

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