Tuesday, October 2, 2012
West Florence running back Darius Charles was at the 3-yard line when the ball squirted out of his grasp, hit an Ashley Ridge defender, bounced off the grass and right back into his arms in the end zone.
It was that kind of night for West Florence.
Charles rushed for 127 yards and scored three touchdowns and Marquane Goodman added 252 yards of total offense to lead West Florence past Ashley Ridge, 45-15, Friday night before a crowd of about 2,500 at The Swamp.
The Knights (5-1) got off to a fast start, scoring on five of their first seven possessions and jumped to a 21-0 lead by the end of the first quarter.
“This was our last non-region game of the season and we wanted to finish off our non-region schedule strong and we did that,” said West Florence coach Trey Woodberry. “We were mentally focused from the opening kickoff and played really, really well.”
The Knights executed their no-huddle, spread offense to near perfection, rolling up 378 yards of total offense.
Goodman, a sophomore, rushed for 163 yards and one TD and threw for 89 more yards and another score for West Florence. Goodman was a converted defensive end from the Knights junior varsity team a year ago.
“He played six games for us at defensive end and then we switched him to quarterback,” Woodberry said. “We won six games in a row and kept him there. He’s improved so much over the last year. He’s getting better and better with each snap he takes.”
The Knights defense was equally impressive, limiting the Swamp Foxes talented backfield to just 172 yards of total offense.
“I thought we were very physical on both sides of the ball,” Woodberry said. “We’re a fast team, we’ve got good team speed, but we like to play smashmouth football.”
The Swamp Foxes were 10-4 last season and advanced to the semifinals of the state playoffs. Ashley Ridge’s 1-5 start has head coach Kenny Walker scratching his head.
“I told everyone that last year’s team was last year’s team and this is a new team,” Walker said. “We won a lot of close games and right now we’re just not very competitive. This is our third year in Class AAAA and we’re still trying to figure things out. It’s frustrating because the kids are working hard.”
West Florence led 31-10 at halftime and put the game out of reach with two third-quarter touchdowns, including a 56-yard run by Charles.
West Florence 21 10 14 0—45
Ashley Ridge 0 6 2 7 —15
WF – Darius Charles 38 run (Alex Spence kick)
WF –Akeem Bostic 19 pass from Marquane Goodman (Spence kick)
WF – Jalin Dixon 29 run (Spence kick)
AR – Vernon Moree 8 run (kick failed)
WF – Alex Spencer 32 FG
WF – Marquane Goodman 11 run (Spence kick)
AR – Safety, Goodman tackled in end zone.
WF – Charles 1 run (Spence kick)
WF – Charles 56 run (Spence kick)
AR – Kadarius Anderson recovers fumble in end zone