After going 0-3 to start the season, with a hurricane-caused missed game included, the West Rusk Raiders just owned everyone else, winning six straight games and claiming the UIL District 9-3A, Division II championship.
And now it’s on to the UIL 3A postseason.
West Rusk (6-3) will play Chisum (5-5), a Paris-area school, on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m., at Pittsburg.
Chisum – the Mustangs – beat Union Grove, 53-16, to open the season, and was up and down drastically after that. Losses included a 13-7 close one to Wolfe City, a 36-28 road loss at Honey Grove, as well as losses to Paul Pewitt, Hooks, and Daingerfield, and the Daingerfield game was played last weekend, a 53-27 Chisum loss.
The Raiders, meanwhile, have been dominating folks. They’ve won six straight, most recently drubbing Quitman, 62-0, and sending Quitman into the offseason winless in 2020.
In the six straight games, West Rusk has outscored its opponents, 287-45, averaging 47.8 points per game.
Against Quitman, the Raiders led 42-0 at halftime.
Quarterback Andon Mata went 7-of-8 for 246 yards and three touchdowns. Omarion Anthony caught three passes for 129 yards and two of those touchdowns, and Geremiah Smith caught three more for 87 yards, and the other score. Also, Carson Martin had a 30-yard catch and Tanner Riley had a 12-yarder.
The Raiders rushed for 223 yards. James Greenalch ran for 65 yards and three touchdowns on just 11 carries. Martin had a 60-yard touchdown run. Noah Murphy, just a freshman, had two carries for 44 yards and a 65-yard kickoff return. Will Jackson had a 25-yard run and Jimmie Harper added three yards on a single carry.
Kicker Alex Magallanes was 8-of-8 in extra points.
The winner of West Rusk-Chisum advances to the second, or area, round, and will face either Hughes Springs or Anderson-Shiro.