BLACKWELL — After failing to get a win on the field for nearly two years, Blackwell finally celebrated a victory — and a lopsided one at that — here Friday as the Hornets dominated Westbrook, 54-6, in their season opener.
Blackwell didn’t waste a lot of time taking care of the Wildcats, either, as the game was ended at halftime by Six-Man’s 45-point mer-cy rule.
In fact, Blackwell touched the ball only 13 times when it was on offense — and scored on over half (seven) of them, in addition to a 68-yard kickoff return by Jayden Jones for a touch-down immediately after Westbrook got its only score to pull within 34-6 in the second quarter.
Jones was merely one of many stars for Blackwell, which gave new head coach Clint Lowry a rousing start. “I’ve never seen a group of kids that has been as happy after a win,” he said. “It was sure good for them.”
Jones also ran for a team-high 137 yards with long-distance scoring runs of 46, 60 and 31 yards on his only three carries of the night.
Blackwell’s junior quarterback, Ethan Andrews, was 4-of-6 passing for 101 yards including TD passes to three different receivers — Franck Cano (40 yards), Mason Magness (30 yards) and Ted Chambliss (16 yards), who also had a 15-yard reception.
Cano and Kaleb Edwards ran for 28 and 19 yards, respectively, as Blackwell finished with 184 yards on seven rushes and did not punt or have a turnover.
Westbrook had just one first down and only 25 total yards — 21 rushing and a mere 4 passing.
Blackwell also forced one turnover as Magness recovered a fumble.
Ten different Hornets re-corded at least one tackle against Westbrook, led by Jones who had six stops and Mark Monroe with five. Cano, Chambliss, Edwards and Chase Sorrells had four tackles while Magness and Cody Shamblin had three and Andrews and Truston Cox two. Blackwell will entertain Jayton on Friday.