BY JOHN CONLEY
Westside's Renegades proved themselves masters of efficiency in beating Wyoming East.
WHS had three scoring drives of one play and another with two on their way to a 54-12 rout in the Battle for the Coal Shovel at New Richmond last Friday night.
It was the fifth straight win for Class AA No. 11 Westside, and star running back Justin Tilley says it won't stop there.
"After we lost to Shady, the team got together and said we're not going to lose any more games," Tilley commented. "We're going to win the rest of them."
Tilley (80 yards on four carries) and his brother, Dustin (108 yards on three attempts) scored three touchdowns in the win.
"The coaches told us to come out strong, and we did," Dustin Tilley remarked.
Westside took the opening kickoff and went 65 yards on six plays. Dustin Tilley ran 32 yards for the touchdown.
"I had great blocking from my brother and Thomas Forren," Tilley said.
East, already without star running back Marcus Schofield, lost quarterback Zach Whitten to injury on its opening drive.
The Warriors reached the Westside 39 before stalling.
Westside's longest touchdown play of the night followed as freshman Justin Cogar dumped a short pass over the middle to an open Kyle Midkiff, who raced in for the score.
Forren ran for the conversion, making it 14-0 with 5:04 left in the opening period.
After WEHS lost a fumble at its own 24 late in the first, Dylan Newsome took it in for six. Forren ran for the extra points, and it was 22-0.
The Warriors (3-4) put together a 10-play, 50-yard scoring march after a nice run back by Nick Walker gave them good field position.
Freshman Aaron Griffith connected on a 12-yard toss to Ty Treadway to move the chains to the 38.
A five-yard completion to Kyle Smith and another five-yard pass to Chase Lowman gave East a first down at the Renegades 28.
On fourth and eight, Griffth found Treadway for a 12-yard pick up.
Griffith ran the ball to the eight and, two plays later, scored on an eight-yard run up the middle.
Westside needed just one play, Dustin Tilley's 70-yard sprint down the right side, to get those points back.
The Renegades extended the lead to 34-6 on Forren's 53-yard gallop with 3:56 showing.
It was more of the same in the second half.
Justin Tilley went 57 yards for a TD on Westside's first play from scrimmage in the third quarter.
The Renegades subsituted heavily after that.
Midkiff had a 23-yard touchown run in the third, and Hunter Walker pushed the lead to 54-6 with a 17-yard TD carry in the fourth.
Lowman's three-yard scoring rush for East finished the scoring.
In addition to the Tilleys, Forren had 74 yards and a score on four attempts. Walker ran for 45 yards. Newsome rushed for 39.
Midkiff ran for 38 yards and had a pass reception for 90.
Cogar was 1-3 for 90 yards and a score for WHS.
Matt Harless had a fumble recovery.
Lowman had 71 yards on 11 carries for the Warriors. Griffith was 11-24 for 76 yards.
Smith caught five passes for 37 yards, and Treadway had 31 yards on four receptions.
Westside is off this weekend before playing two games in five days: Scott in a make up game at home on Oct. 24 and at Mt. View on Oct. 28.
" I have faith in our coaches, they'll have us ready," Dustin Tilley stated.
East visits No. 1 Shady Spring this Friday.
Notes: Westside now leads the series 8-2 . . . The two school bands joined to play the national anthem before the game and also played some tunes together at the half.