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After scoring five touchdowns Friday in Derbys 49-6 win over East, most improved player seemed a surprising title for Tyler West. But thats what coach Brandon Clark dubbed the senior running back who ran for 247 yards on 29 carries.
With the win Derby improved to 2-0 in Class 6A-District 6 and clinched a spot in the postseason.
Tyler was really good last year, and this year hes even better. Just to show you what type of kid he is, hes probably our most improved player, and he was good last year, Clark said. Hes a very special player for us and were a lot better team with him in the ballgame.
It didnt take long for West to make an impression against East. Derby forced a fumble and recovered it after three East plays, and took only two plays for West to run 32 yards for a touchdown with 10:27 remaining in the first quarter.
But East slowed Derbys dominance, sacking Derby quarterback Jeremy Dunham twice on Derbys next drive, and forcing the Panthers to turn the ball over on downs.
(East) has a pretty good defense, and they blitz a lot, and they kind of threw us for a loop a little bit, Clark said. Our kids, we were kind of shooting ourselves in the foot a little bit, jumping off sides, not lining up on the ball; they were doing some good things on defense, but we were also making some mistakes we shouldnt be making.
The Aces forced a fumble on Derbys next drive, but with 10:39 remaining in the second quarter, West found the end zone after a five-yard run. Dunham found West for an eight-yard touchdown to end the first half 21-0. Derbys defense held East to only six yards of offense in the entire first half.
West capped off his performance with two one-yard touchdowns in the third quarter, while Dunham found DeAndre Goolsby for a 19-yard touchdown to end the period. Thats when Derbys Brady Rust and Garrett Xanders took over the offensive push.
The problem with us in the second half is that were playing too many downs defensively, and they were getting tired, East coach Brian Byers said. Weve just got to get something going on offense, were just struggling to get anything going.
Xanders scored on a five-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. When Derby kicked off, Easts Joseph Patrick returned the kick 95 yards for Easts only touchdown of the night.
I think thats the second one (Patricks) had this year. Our kickoff and punt returns are pretty good, Byers said. Right now that seems to be the only thing we can do offensively.
The win Friday marked Derbys seventh consecutive win. The Panthers will finish the regular season hosting Heights next Friday.
Weve got to make sure our backups are ready, because today we had to call upon a couple of backups to get in the game, Clark said. We always talk to the kids that the team that could beat us, the number one thing is that we beat ourselves, by jumping off sides, and things like that. So we need to eliminate that if we want to beat some decent teams.
DWest 32 run (Williamson kick)
DWest 5 run (Williamson kick)
DWest 8 pass from Dunham (Williamson kick)
DWest 1 run (Williamson kick)
DWest 1 run (Williamson kick)
DGoolsby 19 pass from Dunham (Moeder kick)
DXanders 5 run (Moeder kick)
EPatrick 95 kickoff return (two-point conversion failed)
RushingDerby, West 29-247, Dunham 16-69, Rust 7-42, Xanders 10-34, Arnold 1-4. East, McGarity 1-6, Thomas 15-3, Hisken 3-2, Brown 1-0, Schillings 1-(-5).
PassingDerby, Dunham 5-10-63-0, Rust 0-1-0-0. East, Schillings 2-3-16-0, Bousfield 1-7-5-0, Thomas 0-3-0-0.
ReceivingDerby, Goolsby 2-31, Arnold 1-18, West 1-8, Kelley 1-6. East, McGarity 1-15, Kaufman 2-6.