TROUP – The West Rusk Raiders are doing a pretty good impersonation of a runaway train so far in 2017. And the train shows no signs of slowing down.
West Rusk scored 28 first-half points and finished with a 38-0 blanking of homestanding Troup Friday night, in the District 9-3A Division II opener for coach John Frazier’s Raiders, now 4-0 on the season. Troup drops to 3-3, and 1-1 in district play.
West Rusk finally gets a home game – they’ll host Harleton next week, and that’s the Raiders’ homecoming, fittingly enough.
West Rusk wasted no time getting on the scoreboard. They scored on a 43-yard pas from L.J. Harper to Dylan Walker, and Levi Hughes successfully kicked the extra point.
Taylon Winnings got an interception at his own 15 to stop a Troup scoring threat, and WR turned that pick into points. Winnings had a 27-yard gain on a reverse, and ultimately Jaylon Garland finished the drive with an 11-yard run, giving the Raiders the two-touchdown lead (14-0).
After exchanging punts, the Raiders took over at their own 23, but drove downfield and scored again, another by Garland on a 3-yard run.
Another Troup turnover – this one a fumble – led to the Raiders’ fourth score, a 6-yard run by Garland with 1:08 left in the half. Hughes booted his fourth extra point of the night to give his team a 28-0 advantage.
The teams exchanged punts early in the third quarter, until WR stalled at Troup’s 10. Hughes hit a 27-yard field goal for a 31-0 WR lead, and the final score was a 2-yard run by LaDarron Jones with 2:50 left. Garland had a 63-yard run on that drive.
Troup did manage to get to WR’s 13 on a 72-yard run by Tristian Clark, but the drive stalled and a 32-yard field goal was blocked by WR’s Darrien Johnson.