BELOIT, Ohio (WKBN) – The leaders of the Eastern Buckeye Conference battled in Beloit with West Branch (7-0) getting the best of Carrollton (5-2) Friday night, 43-12, behind another monster game from quarterback Dru DeShields.
DeShields had 360 yards and four touchdown passes on the night to four different receivers in the win for the Warriors.
West Branch took a 7-0 lead midway through the first when DeShields connected with Nick Wilson for a three-yard touchdown to give the Warriors a 7-0 lead. Wilson set the career record for touchdowns in a season in last week’s victory over Howland.
Steven Marra’s eight-yard touchdown run with 3:40 left in the first extended that lead to 14-0.
Austin Colletti connected with Brock Smith for a 14-yard touchdown pass to get Carrollton on the board. After a failed extra-point attempt, the score was 14-6.
Junior wideout Christian Martig hauled in a touchdown pass from DeShields in the second quarter. With West Branch returning the favor on a missed extra-point attempt, the lead was extended again to two scores, 20-6.
In the final play of the first half, DeShields’ third touchdown pass of the evening came when he found Nicholas Wilson for a 19-yard touchdown as time expired. After a successful two-point conversion, West Branch took a 28-6 lead into the locker room.
The West Branch Warriors stayed on the gas pedal coming out of the locker room, driving right down the field finishing with Marra’s second touchdown (six yards) of the night. After a DeShields’ keeper for a two-point conversion, the Warriors led 36-6 early in the third quarter.
Colletti’s QB keeper stopped a running clock midway through the third but a failed two-point attempt left the score at 36-12.
A Jaxon Hendershott TD reception gave DeShields his fourth touchdown pass of the game and gave the Warriors a 43-12 lead with just under 10 minutes remaining.
West Branch will travel to Alliance in week eight.
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