West Greene Pioneers slay the Cameron Dragons 61-20 @wgpioneers @CameronDragons
Written by: David Burnworth on Tuesday, August 27th, 2019
Last night I ventured almost three hours to West Greene high school located in Waynesburg to catch the Monday night high school football game between the West Greene Pioneers and the Cameron Dragons. Though the game quickly turned into a route, the drive was made worthwhile because of the 200 yard plus effort with 6 touchdowns by the Pioneers stud running back, Benjamin Jackson. Before the game I was told all about Jackson by the father of the West Green athletic director. I was informed he had broken an ankle last season and the season before there was a broken bone in his other leg. Well fans, lets say this 6-1 210 pound back seems 100% recovered.
Kolin Walker set the tone in this one, when he took the opening kickoff to the Dragons 31 yard line. From there three plays later, Jackson scored from 11 yards out. Kevin Thompson added the PAT to make this a 7-0 game, with 10:34 left in the first. After shutting the Dragons offense down the Pioneers needed just one play to score again, with Jackson racing 54 yards for the score. The Dragons stopped the two point conversion try when, Jessop Broughton and Garrett Scott teamed up to stop Austin Crouse to keep this a 13-0 game.
The Dragons quarterback Jessop Broughton would find Isaac Ball for a 67 yard touchdown, with 8:00 left on the clock. I had watched these guys during warm-ups and they seem to have that special connection and that showed big time during this play. The point after kick from Ian Bush was low, allowing it to big blocked by one of the big guys up front, to keep the score 13-6.
The pioneers would need just one play to score again, and again it was on a Jackson run, this time from a 64 yard run to make the score 19-6, with 7:42 left in the quarter. Jackson, I was told has several colleges after him, with the Naval Academy being hot on his heels. I will assume this information given to me was correct because this kid is the real deal and I will say if you have not seen him or heard of him, its time you made the drive to West Greene and see for yourself.
At the 3:14 mark of the firs the Pioneers were working on another scoring drive Walker would have his number called and he responded with a nice 15 yard run. Walker, who wears number 41, is another weapon that is going to cause opponents a lot of problems, if his number is called enough during the season. The drive ended at the 32.9 second mark of the quarter and yes, it was on another run by Jackson, this time from 5 yards out. Walker powered his way in for the two point conversion to make this a 27-6 game.
The Pioneers would add two more scores in the 2nd quarter and get two stick out play from its defense. The first score came with 7:41 left on the clock, with Jackson scoring from 6 yards out and this was a 27-6 game. The drive totaled 74 yards and lasted for 9 plays. With 1:19 left in the half Walker dashed in from 10 yards out as he went right up the gut if the Dragons defense. The point after kickoff of the foot of Thompson was true and we had ourselves a 40-6 game. The two defensive plays were a sack by Corey Wise on Broughton and then Jackson showed a glimpse of how well he plays linebacker, with a sack of his own.
As the teams came back to the field after halftime the large crowd knew this game was long over, so for me, I wanted to see how the Dragons would handled not only being blown out by a team they were able to beat last year. And they responded very well. Just 2:15 seconds into the quarter, Scott busted loose on a 50 yard run and then Broughton hit Scott for the two point conversion to make this a 40-14 game. Broughton has a very good arm and it appears he is football smart as he always seemed to know what to do and when to do it, the teams biggest issue on offense, was the offensive line, who is very small overall was getting dominated by the Pioneers defensive line.
West Greene responded with a score of their own and needed just two plays to do so and yes, it was their super stud, Jackson doing so, this time with a 43 yard run. Thompson hit the PAT to make this a 47-14 game. On this run Jackson was able to use his ability to wait for his blockers, then overpower a would be tackler before he dashed away from the defense to cross the goal line. This kid seems to be the total package.
The Pioneers defense would get a nice play from Walker, who batted a pass down to keep the Dragons offense from getting a nice gain. Walker is no slouch himself as he plays fullback, linebacker and showed he is a dangerous return man. After a Dragons catch the receiver coughed the ball up and Johnny on the spot for the Pioneers was, Austin Crouse and he would go about 35 yards for the score. The point after kick made this a 54-14 contest. The Pioneers would get a pick from Bryce Austin to account for the last big play of the third quarter.
The fourth quarter was odd, but exciting as both teams added a score, then we watched three fumbles take place, with the ball being recovered by the defense. The first score came from the Pioneers Corey Wise, who broke a tackle jumped over a would be tackler to score from 15 yards out. The PAT would make this a 61-14 game. The final score was from the Dragon’s on a 13 yard pass from Broughton to Cole O’Neil, making the final 61-20. The fumble recovers were made from Jourdan Presto (Cameron), Anderson (West Greene) and Walker (West Greene)
PASSING 10-19 2 TD’S 1 INT
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