Keshaun Sneed threw for three touchdowns and Cedric Hollingshed ran for 147 yards as the Westside Seminoles won a key game in GHSA Region 2-AAAA on Thursday, beating Perry 31-6.
Westside (5-3 overall) improves to 3-2 in the region with two games left. Perry drops to 2-6 overall and 2-3 in the region.
No doubt this one was very important to our football team if we want to make the playoffs, Westside head coach Sheddrick Risper said. We knew that coming in against Perry that they were going to be very physical and very fast and that they needed this game just like we did. But we were able to get some good things done on both sides of the ball and come up with the win.
When you have success running and throwing the ball, it usually means we are going to be in the ballgame.
Perry started off the game with an impressive drive, moving 55 yards on only four plays, with Mark Riley gaining all of those yards on the ground. But the Seminoles forced a fumble to stop the drive 12 yards short of the end zone.
Westside took advantage of a poor punt on its second possession, taking the ball on Perrys 35 yard line and scoring six plays later. On a third-and-8, Sneed found Jacari Mann in the corner of the end zone for a 10-yard score.
Perry moved the ball the entire night on the ground with Riley, who ended the game with 135 yards rushing, doing most of the damage. After Sneed connected with Mann for Westsides second touchdown of the half early in the second quarter, the Panthers went to work. They kept the ball for nearly nine minutes, running 17 plays before quarterback Dylan Griger scored on a 1-yard run to cut the Panthers deficit to 14-6 at the half.
Westside started the third quarter with the football and had a dominating first drive, moving 67 yards in eight plays with Sneed hitting Davis James for a score from 16 yards out to make it a 21-6 game. The Seminoles added another score in the third quarter when Daqavius Walker ran right, was stopped, and turned back left, outrunning everyone for a 92-yard score.
Westsides balance was just too much for Perry, as the Seminoles ran for 288 yards and passed for 147.
We ran some different formations, and we seemed to do OK with most of them, said Risper, whose team closes the year against Howard and Rutland. We are still a work in progress, and it isnt time to relax at all. The last two are crosstown rival games, and we will not take anyone for granted.