Edore Brothers run wild as Westwood waxes region rival Randolph Southern

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

SHELLMAN -- Somebody check the water down in Camilla. Underclassmen aren't supposed to play like Westwood's are playing right now.

The Wildcats, with just four seniors, have looked unbeatable this year. Friday was no different.

Westwood freshman running back J.T. Edore ran for 200 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Wildcats to a 48-12 win against rival Randolph Southern.

"We're just maturing real fast," said Edore, who ripped off touchdown runs of 46, 31, 67 and one yard while averaging 20 yards a carry on 10 carries.

Edore's total was a career high, obviously, with seven varsity games under his belt -- all of them wins. His older brother, Jake, usually the workhorse for the Wildcats (7-0, 3-0 GISA Region 2-A), had just one carry but also returned a punt 60 yards for a score.

The younger Edore and junior quarterback Mason Worsham, who ran for 87 yards and scored twice, ran through gaping holes all night thanks to the Wildcats' offensive line. Westwood finished with 404 rushing yards on 32 carries.

Senior offensive tackle Carlton Brooks said Westwood's unbeaten start is a combination of solid contributions from younger players and a team hellbent on winning.

"We've got a lot of help from the underclassmen," Brooks said. "This is the first team that I've been on that's wanted it this bad. We are hungry and we want it more than anybody else."

Randolph Southern (3-4, 2-1 Region 2-A) came out firing on its first possession of the game with a nine-play, 80-yard drive that ended in Daylon Blanton's 12-yard touchdown run. After a missed two-point conversion, the Patriots led the No. 1 team in GISA Class A, 6-0.

Westwood would counter with 48 unanswered points.

"All of a sudden, it's like ... what happened to our kids?" Patriots head coach Ottis Griggs said. "We knew coming in we had our hands full. (Westwood is) extremely good on offense."

The night, however, took a somber turn after Worsham scored on a 13-yard touchdown run on the Wildcats' first possession of the third quarter. Randolph Southern senior Zach 'Termite' White was injured in the collision at the goal line and had to be carried off by ambulance.

Griggs said White got hit in the back of the head on the play but was alert as he was carted off the field.

"It was painful for a while, but it subsided," Griggs said of White's injury. "We wanted to make sure. He's too valuable."

Randolph Southern, which hosts Dawson Street Friday, had two 100-yard rushers in Blanton and Blake Lamb. Blanton carried 22 times for 106 yards and a score, while Lamb rushed for 112 yards on 11 carries. Matt Kendrick had the other Patriots' touchdown on a 1-yard run with three minutes left in the game.

Daniel Hayes ran for 78 yards on seven carries for Westwood, which hosts Windsor Friday.