The Eagles scored touchdowns in eight of their nine possessions as they hammered the Riverside Bulldogs 56-2 in Region 4-2A action.
West Bolivar improved to 7-2 with a 3-0 mark in the region, while Riverside fell to 3-5. The victory was also West Bolivar’s fourth in a row after suffering back-to-back losses to East Side and Aberdeen earlier in the year.
“After those two losses, the team and I got more prepared and more focused to play through out the season and further down the road,” West Bolivar senior standout William Lloyd said. “We got more focused because we know we’re going to come upon more challenges, and we just want to get better each and every time as a football team.”
Riverside got its only points as the defense recorded a safety with 2:50 left in the game. The safety was the only time the Bulldogs prevented the Eagles from scoring. The game went to a running clock in the second half after West Bolivar led 42-0 at halftime.
Senior quarterback Kylan Johnson had a superb night throwing the football as he completed 8-of-14 passes for 206 yards with four touchdown passes and no interceptions. Dekendrick Hall and William Lloyd were his main receiving targets. Hall caught two passes for 60 yards, while Lloyd caught two passes for 52 yards with two touchdowns.
“We’ve got to definitely develop a passing game entering the playoffs, and we’re working a lot on that,” West Bolivar head football coach Henry Johnson said. “We’re going to definitely need it down the stretch, because you have to be able to do more than just run the ball in the playoffs. You have to be able to throw it to.”
Several other Eagles stepped up on offense as well. Dennis Pendleton marched on a 42-yard touchdown run to score West Bolivar’s first touchdown of the game in the first quarter and caught a 46-yard TD pass from Johnson in the third quarter. Kailo Moore marched on a 31-yard TD run in the first quarter, Trevoris Hampton rushed for two touchdowns and Cortez Archie caught a 29-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter. The Eagles were also successful on their point after attempts as Ladarius Tucker was 6-of-7 on PAT kicks, while Larry Walker connected with Dekeenan Boyd on a 2-point conversion to round out the offense.
On defense for West Bolivar, Cedric Brown recorded eight tackles and a fumble recovery to lead the way, followed by William Lloyd with nine tackles, Kebeon Clinton and Tucker with eight tackles each and Walker and Kawonski Williams with seven tackles each.
The Eagles will be back in action on Friday when they travel to Tchula to play S.V. Marshall in another region game. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.