By Ruthie Robison Winston County Journal
The Nanih Waiya Warriors traveled to Maben last Friday night for round two of division play against the West Oktibbeha Timberwolves.
The Warriors’ offense was silenced in the first half of the game while the Timberwolves’ offense exploded.
West Oktibbeha set the tone in the first quarter with an 87-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Von Smith to wide receiver Lavante Tate. The Timberwolves took the lead, 6-0. West Oktibbeha would hold on to the lead for the rest of the game.
The second quarter was dominated by West Oktibbeha standout running back Tiberias Lampkin. Lampkin stacked up three touchdowns for the Timberwolves, which included a run from 13 yards out, a 50-yard dash and a 10-yard run. Lampkin also completed a two-point conversion giving West Oktibbeha a 26-0 lead going into halftime.
In the third quarter, Lampkin entered the end zone again with a 23- yard run. After the extra point, West Oktibbeha had increased their momentum, 33-0.
The Warriors answered back. Nanih Waiya sophomore Jamarlo Smith outran Timberwolf defenders 57 yards reaching the end zone for a Warrior touchdown.
A few minutes later, the Warriors struck again. Quarterback Luke Rosamond connected nine yards through the air with senior Zach Hanna. Deandre Holmes added the extra points taking a bite at the Timberwolf lead, 33-14.
The Timberwolves next possession turned out unproductive with the Warrior defense forcing West Oktibbeha to punt giving Nanih Waiya another chance to cut away at the Timberwolves’ lead. But a fumble recovered by West Oktibbeha halted the Warriors’ efforts for another touchdown in the third quarter. One play later, West Oktibbeha increased their lead with a 42-yard run by Jonathan Love handing the Timberwolves a 39-14 advantage.
In the fourth quarter, Lampkin made a two-yard touchdown run for the Timberwolves.
Nanih Waiya’s offense fired up shortly after with Smith’s 33 yard run to the end zone. Senior Ty Higginbotham added the extra point; however, it would not be enough to overcome the growing deficit.
Lampkin struck again later in the fourth quarter capping West Oktibbeha’s 52-21 win over the Warriors with a touchdown run from 26 yards out.
On the offensive side of the ball, Smith led the Warriors with 26 carries on 188 yards with two touchdowns. Holmes followed with 24 carries on 100 yards while Rosamond had 11 carries on 57 yards.
Hanna caught one toss on nine yards with one touchdown while Stewart Ball contributed with one received pass on 10 yards.
Rosamond went 2-9 through the air on 19 yards with one touchdown.
The Warriors hold a 0-4 record overall including a 0-2 division record.
This Friday night the Warriors will take a break from division play hosting the Class 2A Clarkdale Bulldogs. The Bulldogs have a 0-5 record and were recently defeated by Richton, 20-3.
Nanih Waiya’s next division contest will be Thursday, Sept. 27 against Weir (1-4).
Kickoff will be at 7:30 p.m.