MABEN – West Oktibbeha was looking to keep their perfect Class A, Region 3 record intact when they lined up with Noxapater on Friday night.
On the other side of the football, defending Class A State Champion Noxapater was looking for the same thing and when all was done, the Tigers achieved the goal of perfection and left with a 57-6 victory.
“In the end, it all boils down to fundamental football,” West Oktibbeha coach Adam Lowrey said. “They made the plays and we didn’t. That is all that you can say. We just have to get back up and work harder for next week.”
After festivities celebrating the West Oktibbeha seniors wrapped up, the teams took the field where it soon became clear that the Noxapater offense was going to be a tough challenge for the Timberwolves.
West Oktibbeha was unable to stop the Tigers during the first quarter as Noxapater took a 19-0 lead into the second quarter of play.
Many of the same challenges of the first quarter reared their heads during the second quarter. Again the Timberwolves’ defense struggled to stop the Tigers and after tacking on another 18 points Noxapater took a 37-0 lead into the half.
With 10 minutes to go in the third, West Oktibbeha found life. Senior Tiberias Lampkin, who has showed up strong all season for the Timberwolves, got the handoff and after a 39-yard run, found his way into the end zone. West Oktibbeha went for two, but were stopped short in the effort.
Noxapater quickly answered West Oktibbeha’s score as Trey Baber picked up his fourth touchdown of the night on a 2-yard run. Baber did not stop there as the senior exploded on a 24-yard run to close his night with five touchdowns. Following a kick from Marshall Kugle that split the uprights, the score stood 50-6 Tigers headed into the fourth.
The fourth quarter was relatively quiet for both teams, except for a 2-yard run by Chris Johnson which was followed by another Kugle kick to close the night at 57-6.
Senior night might not have turned out the way Lampkin wanted, but the running back still managed to put up impressive numbers. On 24 carries, the senior picked up 114 yards and one touchdown.
“You win some, you lose some,” Lampkin said. “We are going to come back Monday and go right back to work. This was a great team and I take it upon myself to get better and win next week.”
Baber closed his night for Noxapater with a combined 144 yards and five touchdowns. Carter threw for two touchdowns for the Tigers, as he was 15-of-23 passing for 266 yards and was intercepted twice by West Oktibbeha’s defense.
The Timberwolves have one more game to play before entering playoffs as they travel to Pelahatchie next Friday.