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Roughriders take care of Cardinals to go 8-0

Photos by Melissa Adams

Information by Roger Jester


A ‘novel’ approach to winning.


With writing the volumes of stories about this year’s West Jefferson High School football team, it would take one ‘book’ to talk about receiving records.


MJ Book.


Once again, WJ wide receiver Book helped write another chapter in this year’s Roughrider success story as he scored three touchdowns in a 51-7 home victory over Triad Friday. The trio of scores vaulted Book into the WJHS record book for TD receptions in a season with 16, besting Tyler Oberle’s mark of 15 set last season.


After Roughrider Hayden Salyer put the home squad on the board with a 27 yard scoring jaunt, it was time for Book’s initial tally of the evening. Book was on the receiving end of a nine yard touchdown pass by West Jeff quarterback Tyler Buescher.


Before the first quarter concluded, Buescher completed another TD pass, this time to Adam Fry from seven yards out.


In the second quarter, the scoring combos were the same, but in opposite order.


First it was Buescher-Fry, but for 42 yards. Then, Book number two from Buescher covered 61 yards. Finally, Salyer took it over from six yards out for a 41-0 Roughriders lead at the half.


With a running clock in the second half, Buescher connected with Book for the record-setting score with six minutes to go in the third from six yards out.


Roughrider kicker Mason Cordetti finished the WJ scoring with a 37 yard field goal in the fourth. Triad tacked on a TD run by Hayden Simpson to avoid the shut out.


Buescher finished with 334 yards through the air, 118 of which went to Book. Teammate Ethan Hostetler finished first in tackles with eight.


West Jeff is home again next week, this time hosting Fairbanks.