Prep Football

Quick as a Wink: West Hancock scores on six of first 12 plays

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Oct. 7, 2017 7:20 pm

HAMILTON, Ill. -- The West Hancock football team has had little problem scoring points this season.

That hasn't made scoring them any less enjoyable for the Titans.

"When the offense is going, it's just fun for everyone," West Hancock running back Riley Langford said. "It's always fun putting up points on the board."

The Titans, ranked fourth in Class 2A, had plenty of reasons to smile against South Beloit on Saturday. West Hancock scored six touchdowns on its first 12 plays for a 46-8 rout of the Sobos at Jim Repplinger Athletic Field.

After forcing South Beloit (1-6) to punt on the game's opening possession, quarterback Bryce Buckert capped a five-play drive with a 28-yard touchdown pass to Quinn Dupree to put West Hancock (7-0) up just 3 1/2 minutes into the game.

When the Sobos turned the ball over on downs on its next possession, the Titans' advantage doubled on the next play when Buckert threw another 28-yard scoring strike, this one to Trentin Rooney.

The Titans' next possession lasted just one play as Langford ripped off a 36-yard touchdown run. The next drive also needed one play as Buckert found Rooney again for a 24-yard touchdown that put West Hancock up 32-0 by the end of the first quarter.

"I was feeling great throwing the ball," said Buckert, who only had four pass attempts "Receivers were getting open, and the line was giving me plenty of time to put the ball in the end zone."

Titans coach Travis Cook said airing the ball out was dictated by South Beloit's defensive allignment.

"When they have 10 guys in the box and only one safety deep, all he sees is a black jersey downfield," Cook said. "It was pretty easy picking for him."

West Hancock added two more touchdowns on the first two possessions of the second quarter -- a 30-yard touchdown run by Bryce Wilson and an 87-yard touchdown by Langford for a 46-0 lead.

Langford finished with 156 yards rushing on just three carries.

"There were a lot of open gaps," the senior said. "It's a pleasure to run behind my line. They opened up a lot for us."

The Titans limited South Beloit to just 58 yards in the first half, including minus-four yards on the ground.

"We knew they didn't do a whole lot with their offense," Cook said. "There were tendencies we picked up on that let us widen our linebackers a bit. That put them in good positions to make plays."

The Sobos finished with 118 yards of offense. The last two quarters were played with a running clock.

West Hancock 46, South Beloit 8


5 First downs 5

23-12 Rushes-yards 26-281

106 Passing yards 80

118 Total yards 361

15-23-2 Comp-Att-Int 3-4-0

2-1 Fumbles-lost 8-3

6-52 Penalties-yards 6-40

South Beloit 0 0 0 8--8

West Hancock 32 14 0 0--46

Scoring Summary

First Quarter

WH--Quinn Dupree 28 pass from Bryce Buckert (Riley Langford run), 8:39

WH--Trentin Rooney 28 pass from Buckert (Dupree pass from Buckert), 6:42

WH--Langford 36 run (Chase Hartweg run), 5:31

WH--Rooney 24 pass from Buckert (Hartweg run), 3:18

Second Quarter

WH--Bryce Wilson 30 run (Langford run), 11:42

WH--Langford 87 run (2-pt failed), 7:46

Fourth Quarter

SB--Denny Passialis 5 pass from Adam Pilz (Cristian Balderas run), 6:36


RUSHING--South Beloit, Pilz 12-14, Passialis 6-(-2), Balderas 4-4, Keegan Wunder 1-(-4). West Hancock, Drew Martens 6-27, Kade Cook 5-22, Jared Little 4-(-11), Langford 3-156, Wilson 2-36, Hartweg 2-25, Brady Boyer 2-20, Ryan Adams 2-5.

PASSING--South Beloit, Pilz 15-23-106-2. West Hancock, Buckert 3-4-80-0.

RECEIVING--South Beloit, Miles Beckham 4-50, D'Andre Dogan 3-37, Harlan Southworth 3-6, Passialis 3-3, Chris Hummer 1-7, Wunder 1-3. West Hancock, Rooney 2-52, Dupree 1-28.

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