Despite last week’s victory over South Meck, West Meck head coach Jeff Caldwell and star running back Shaun Wilson were not happy with their team’s performance.
The Hawks, ranked seventh in this week’s Sweet 16, responded with a dominant 41-8 thrashing of Olympic at Waddell, with Wilson running for 265 yards and three touchdowns.
“We just had to get back to doing the little things,” Caldwell said. “The kids deserve all the credit; they spent a lot of time getting ready for this game and it showed.”
West Meck (7-1 overall, 3-1 So Meck 8) wasted little time, as Brandon Dixon scored from 6 yards out on the game’s fifth play from scrimmage.
Then it was Wilson’s show. On their next drive, he looked to be stopped at the line but sidestepped two defenders and went 30 yards for a touchdown.
Wilson made the lead 21-0 with an 8-yard run on the first play of the second quarter, then sprinted up the middle past the Olympic (5-3, 2-2) defense for a 78 yard touchdown. Wilson had a potential fourth touchdown on a 60-yard punt return called back on a penalty.
“I was eager to play tonight,” Wilson said. “The line did a great job of staying on their blocks and that allowed me to have success.”
Dixon would score West Meck’s final two touchdowns on runs of 6 and 12 yards, but the stories were Wilson, who sat the final 14 minutes of the game but still had 265 yards rushing, and the West Meck defense.
They held Olympic to 100 yards of total offense until the Trojans avoided the shutout with a 72-yard drive that was finished with a touchdown by Trey Gowen with 45 seconds left in the game.
Up next for West Meck is a trip to play at Charlotte Catholic for a share of the So Meck 8 Conference title.
“It’s a big game,” Wilson said, “but we have to prepare for Catholic just like we do for every other opponent. It should be a good one, and may the best team win.”
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