The Westwood Rockets clinched the Duck River Conference on Sept. 10 with a commanding win against Eagleville at home. Both teams were undefeated going into the Thursday night matchup as the Rockets received the opening kickoff. The Rockets marched down the field off of efforts of Jayden Carter who had over 40 yards rushing in the opening drive alone. Carter was unable to put the Rockets into the end zone however as an interception gave the Eagles the ball on their own 5 yard line. The Eagles were unable to do anything with the quick change in possession as Vaughn Parker made his way into the backfield to force a safety giving the Rockets a 2 to nothing lead. Parker wasn’t done causing conniptions for the Eagles as he returned the kickoff for a 55 yard touchdown. Carter capped off the quick score with a 2 point conversion score of his own putting the Rockets up 10 to nothing going into the second quarter.
Eagleville responded in the second quarter with a touchdown of their own, but were unable to convert the two point conversion. The Rockets’ offense slowed down a bit in the second quarter, though the team was able to continue to gash the Eagle’s defense with runs. Carter continued to run all over the field earning himself nearly 30 yards in the quarter. He was joined by Skylar Stinson who rushed for 19 yards. While the yards were piling up for the Rockets in the quarter so were the penalties as multiple runs were called back due to holding or illegal formation much to Rocket fans’ dismay. The penalties meant that the Rockets were unable to score in the quarter leaving the score going into the half at 10 to 6.
The Rockets quickly rectified their penalties in the second quarter as the team was able to refine their running attack even further. Carter and company put the game away in the third quarter as the Rockets scored two touchdowns and a two point conversion. Carter had the bulk of his team’s offense as he ran for nearly 75 yards in the quarter. To Eagleville’s credit the team was able to score one more time before the contest ended but for all intents and purposes the Rockets ended the game in the third.
The final quarter was a mop up exercise for the Rockets as Carter finished his big rushing night with one more touchdown and a two point conversion. Carter finished the night with 205 yards rushing and three touchdowns as the team defeated Eagleville 40 to 13.