A blowout. Pure Domination. Whatever you want to call it, West Greene was in full control from the start against Mapletown on Friday. West Greene got the ball on the opening kickoff and powered down the field.
Led by a Colin Brady 27-yard run, and a 24-yard run by Corey Wise, the Pioneers set themselves up at the Maples three-yard line. The next play Corey Wise took the ball up the middle and punched it in to give West Greene an early 7-0 lead.
Mapletown was set up for its first drive. They picked up a first down, but that was as far as they could manage before the drive stalled and had to punt. West Greene quickly found themselves back in the red zone.
After three touchdowns were called back for holding, the Pioneers had to settle for a field goal. Sophomore kicker Kevin Thompson put it through the uprights, 10-0 West Greene.
The score remained the same until halfway through the second quarter. From there Hunter Hamilton took in a short touchdown for West Greene. Less than 2 minutes later, freshman Colin Brady weaved through the Maples defense for a 24-yard touchdown scamper extending the lead to 24-0 Pioneers.
West Greene head coach, Brian Hanson, said that the young players on the team showed signs of positivity.
“[They were] inspiring, they love to play the game, and they remind me of last year’s seniors,” Hanson said. “He [Johnny Lamp is] usually a fullback for us, but we had to put him in at guard and he played a heck of a game. And I think Colin [Brady] showed why he’s a starting running back.”
The ball was back in the Pioneers possession one more time in the first half. That drive ended with a 33-yard touchdown pass from Wesley Whipkey to Nathan Orndoff, making it 31-0 West Greene at halftime.
With the ball back in the second half, West Greene leaned on Wise. He had a 36-yard run and a 2-yard run into the endzone. A missed extra point made the score 37-0.
Bryce Anderson picked up a score for the Pioneers, taking it in from 8 yards out making it 43-0.
The Maples moved down the field driven by running back Landan Stevenson and Cohen Stout prevented the shutout with a 13-yard touchdown on the ground. Clay Menear caught a pass for the 2-point conversion, bringing the score to what ended up being the final, 43-8.
Hanson said the win allowed his team to begih to find their identity for 2020.
“We didn’t know who our team was yet, we didn’t look so hot in our scrimmage, but we came together and played a great game,” Hanson said.