HOUSTON – West Greene’s Benjamin Jackson rumbled for 336 yards and five touchdowns Friday night, as the Pioneers won their second straight Tri-County South Conference matchup, 41-0, over host Chartiers-Houston.
“Ben is just special,” WG coach Rodney Huffman said.
“He’s a great kid and a great leader. I truthfully believe that you have not seen his best yet. He had some immaculate runs with some really outstanding cuts. His vision is getting better. If he doesn’t run you over, he can just run by you.”
This was the first meeting between the two teams since 2009 and this is West Greene’s first win versus C-H since 2007.
With a 42-yard rush in the late stages of the third quarter, Jackson surpassed 3,000 career rushing yards and is now second in school history behind Rodney Wilson.
“It’s just an unbelievable feeling to go over 3,000,” Jackson said. “It means a lot and my goal as a freshman was to break our school record. Of course, my first priority is to win games. I have really gotten down the speed of the game and I just try to look for the open hole.”
The PIoneers (2-0, 2-1) won the opening coin toss and quickly went up 7-0 after Jackson capped a six-play, 65-yard drive with an eight-yard touchdown.
The Buccaneers (1-1, 1-2) mounted a solid, opening drive of their own on the strength of the passing and running abilities of quarterback Seth Dunn.
Facing a third-and-five from the 15-yard line, Dunn was picked off by WG’s Austin Geho to end any scoring threat.
After Gavin Scott recorded an interception two plays into the second quarter, Jackson rumbled down the right sideline with a 67-yard score to make it 14-0.
West Greene carried a 27-0 lead into halftime after touchdowns by Jackson from 55 and 29 yards out.
“My line and my fullback were awesome tonight,” Jackson said. “Sometimes when I got the ball, the hole would be so huge. Those guys deserve a lot of the credit. On the long runs, it’s a total team effort. The guys held their blocks and I just used my vision to find the open space.”
After both offenses were stalled in the third quarter, the Pioneers found their scoring touch in the late minutes of the quarter with an 11-yard touchdown run by Scott.
Jackson ended the scoring with a 42-yard score in the fourth quarter.
“We had a tough loss against Cameron two weeks ago, but I think that has really fired us up for the rest of the season,” the junior tailback said. “We want to improve every week and we are not going to overlook anybody. We just take it one game at a time.”
West Greene limited the home team to under 100 yards rushing and recorded four interceptions, including two by Nathan Brudnock.
“We had to slow their offense down and stop their running game,” Huffman said. “I really like the play of our secondary, they made a lot of big plays. Char-Houston has a nice passing attack and their quarterback can throw. I liked our pressure up front too.”
Dunn was the catalyst for the Bucs in the loss, rushing for 63 yards and passing for 86 yards.
“West Greene was more physical than us,” C-H coach Terry Fetzko said. “On both sides of the ball, they controlled the line. They are a very good football team. On offense, we got behind the sticks and they made us one-dimensional. We just couldn’t get our running game going and we dropped some passes.”