MABEN – The West Oktibbeha Timberwolves continued their journey to a possible region title by knocking off West Lowndes 44-8.
“Our guys got off to slow start (Friday night),” West Oktibbeha coach Adam Lowrey said. “They overcame adversity in the second half. As the game progressed, the tempo picked up, we found our rhythm and ultimately we took care of business.”
The Timberwolves dominated the first quarter of play as they took 5 minutes off the clock with a 75-yard drive. Tiberias Lampkin capped the drive as he scored on a 20-yard rush. Lampkin was then successful on the two-point conversion, placing West Oktibbeha ahead 8-0 with 5:58 to go in the quarter.
Quarterback Von Smith picked up the second Timberwolve score, as the senior rushed for 8 yards and the touchdown. Lampkin’s two-point conversion run was again good, making it a 16-0 ballgame at the close of the first quarter.
In what proved to be a defensive showdown, neither team managed to get the ball across the goal line during the second quarter.
Lampkin had 15 carries for the Timberwolves, picking up a total of 73 yards and one touchdown during the first half, while Smith completed 4 of 12 passes for 36 yards and had seven rushes for an additional 45 yards and added the second West Oktibbeha score.
The Timberwolves added six points during the third quarter, on a 3-yard rush by Lampkin. West Lowndes managed to stop the Timberwolves on the two-point conversion to leave the score 22-0 at the end of three.
With just over 7 minutes to go in the fourth, Kelsey Jefferson picked off Justin Stephenson to return the ball to West Oktibbeha. Capitalizing on the West Lowndes turnover, Lampkin rushed for 15 yards and the score to make it 28-0 with 7:08 to play. In a change of routine, the Timberwolves took to the air for the two-point conversion, but were unsuccessful as Smith was incomplete on the pass.
West Lowndes found life 6:09 left in the fourth quarter, as Stephenson found Jermaine Thomas on a 35-yard pass. Following a successful two-point conversion the score stood 28-8 Timberwolves.
Looking deep down the field, Smith connected with Lavante Tate for a 70-yard touchdown. The two-point conversion was again good making it 36-8 with 2:38 left to play.
Immediately following his touchdown reception, Tate stepped in on the defensive side of the ball where he picked off Stephenson providing one more scoring opportunity for West Oktibbeha. The Timberwolves were again fruitful on a Panther turnover, as Smith connected with Tate on a 16-yard touchdown pass. Smith ran it in for two points as time expired to cap the victory.
After adding 16 rushes for 144 yards, Lampkin concluded the night with a total of 31 carries for 217 yards and three touchdowns. Smith brought his totals to 71 rushing yards on 12 carries with one touchdown, after picking up five rushes for 26 yards in the second half. Smith was 10-for-23 for the night for 13 yards and two touchdown passes to Tate, who had 127 yards receiving on four receptions. Defensively, the Timberwolves picked up interceptions from Jefferson and Tate.
“We did not focus on one player or style,” Lowrey said. “This year we are looking for victories, so everyone is putting in the work and doing whatever it takes to keep winning.”
West Oktibbeha, which improved to 7-1 overall and 5-0 in Class A, Region 3, District 4, travels to Crawford to take on East Oktibbeha next Friday.