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Balanced attack leads to Roughrider win over Cedarville

Photos by Melissa Adams

Information by Roger Jester


Spreading the wealth.


One of the secrets to most sports teams is balance – both literally and figuratively.


First of all, keeping on your toes while keeping the opponent on its heels can lead to success.


Another away is not letting the opponent know who is capable of scoring by putting the ball into a plethora of players’ hands.


A great example of both was the West Jefferson High School football team as 10 players had a hand in tallying points (along with a team effort defense) in their 57-0 drubbing of visiting Cedarville Friday. The win kept the Roughriders at a perfect 4-0 on the season.


The double-digit WJ scorers were highlighted by kicker Mason Cordetti who became the Roughriders all-time leader in kick-related points with 136 on his career.


West Jeff started with Hayden Salyers going in from four yards out, and later on a one yard run. Sandwiched between those two scoring runs was a 25 yard touchdown pass from Roughrider QB Tyler Buescher to MJ Book. As has been true much of the season, Book (148 receiving), Buescher (317 thru the air), and Salyer (76 on the ground) led their respective categories.


While those three players have reached the scoring column a number of times this season, against Cedarville, many teammates joined them in that category.


In the second quarter, West Jeff’s Canyon Schneider blocked a punt that resulted in a safety (as the ball rolled out of the end zone), Adam Fry caught a 12-yard TD pass from Buescher, and Mason Converse picked off a pass and raced 33 yards to pay dirt. It all resulted in a 36-0 half time advantage for the home team.


In the third quarter, Jacob Collins was the recipient of a Buescher scoring pass, and Spencer George rushed in from seven yards out. Roughrider Austin Holland concluded the scoring in the fourth with a five yard TD run.


The Roughriders look to continue perfection next week as they travel to Catholic Central.