It’s seven wins in a row, now, for West Rusk – and this one was a big one.
West Rusk scored 36 points in the second half Thursday night, in a high-scoring 55-33 win over a Chisum program that put up a bit of a fight, in a UIL Class 3A, Division II bi-district playoff game.
Leverett’s Chapel, though, playing in the first round of the UIL six-man football playoffs, ended their season with a 74-38 loss to Saint Jo at Savoy.
West Rusk: The Raiders scored seven touchdowns on the ground and Andon Mata threw two more in the win, and West Rusk moves on to round two, or the area round. There, they’ll face Hughes Springs, who held off Anderson-Shiro Thursday night, 34-26. West Rusk will meet Hughes Springs (6-3) on Thursday night at 7 p.m. in Gladewater.
Mata found Jimmie Harper to give the Raiders (7-3 overall this season) a 6-0 first quarter lead. Worm Price, who scored four touchdowns in the game, tied it on a 1-yard run.
Price gave the Mustangs a 13-6 lead on a 43-yard touchdown catch-and-run, but West Rusk tied it on a 45-yard catch from Mata.
Chisum went back in front with a 4-yard run by Price, and West Rusk got another before the half, as well, when Ty Harper punched right back with a 65-yard kick return for a score. The Raiders were behind by one, 20-19, at the half.
Jamal Ford scored for WR and Price again for Chisum, and then Jimmie Harper put the Raiders up 34-27 midway through the third quarter. Chris Worthy scored for Chisum on a 4-yard run, but the extra point was missed, leading the Raiders up 34-33 at the start of the fourth quarter. Chisum wouldn’t take the lead again, as it worked out.
The Raiders would score three more times: a 17-yarder by Ford and two touchdowns by James Greenalch, runs of 25 and 18 yards, respectively, to put the game out of reach and stamp the West Rusk win.
LC: Numbers weren’t available at this writing, late Thursday evening, but the Lions ended their season with a 6-2 record. Saint Jo (9-1) moves on to round two to face either Blum or Coolidge next week.
More on this game on Friday.