By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal
Sometimes you just have to do what you have to do. That was the philosophy the Noxapater Tigers took last Friday night as they adjusted to rainy weather and poor field conditions by pounding the ball between the tackles on the way to a convincing 42-0 Region 3-1A win over homestanding West Oktibbeha.
“There really wasn’t much we could do,” said Noxapater head coach Justin Hunter. “It really was like playing in a monsoon. But the running backs did a good job of controlling the ball and just moving forward.”
Justin Robertson moved in from his wide receiver spot to running back and carried the ball 22 times for 170 yards and scored three touchdowns.
“We knew we weren’t going to be able to throw the ball, so we had to get him to where we could put the ball in his hands,” Hunter said of Robertson.
Quarterback Tyrell Carter had 13 carries for 120 yards, while Vonte Woods had 100 yards and two rushing touchdowns on 13 attempts of his own.
The Tigers built up a 28-0 halftime lead and just controlled the ball from there. Deandre Whitfield also scored a touchdown for the Tigers who are now 3-2 on the season after getting off to a 0-2 start.
Jacoby Lewis had 14 tackles to lead the Tigers, including six tackles for loss and two sacks. West Oktibbeha only managed three yards of total offense on the night.
David Parker added seven stops for Noxapater, while Marshall Kugle had six tackles, including a sack and also recovered a fumble.
Next up for Noxapater is a Homecoming match-up with East Oktibbeha at 7 p.m.