By Marvin Moore
CRANDALL – Jamonte Gordon-West tossed five touchdowns and ran for two more scores to help the Crandall Pirates fend off the winless Alvarado Indians 68-42 Friday night in a wild affair at Pirate Stadium.
The senior quarterback connected with junior receiver Luke Moffitt on an 18-yard touchdown pass to knot the score at 7-7 midway in the opening quarter. The Indians had taken an early lead on a 12-yard run from Jayden Bridgewater.
The Pirates pulled ahead on their next possession when junior wideout Samuel Omosigho hauled in a pass from Gordon-West and raced 88 yards to make the score 14-7. However, Alvarado put together a 75-yard drive capped by a two-yard score from Bridgewater to pull even, 14-14.
Coach Kyle Hardin’s squad marched 80 yards to start the second quarter and retake the lead. Junior running back Chris Abron finished off the 14-play drive with a one-yard score. But, the visitors answered back quickly on Kameron Webb’s 73-yard touchdown run to grab a 21-20 advantage.
Gordon-West and Moffitt hooked up for their second score of the night, a 25-yard touchdown, to give the Pirates a 27-21 lead in front of a large homecoming game crowd.
Crandall struck paydirt again a few minutes later on a three-yard run from Gordon-West to push the lead to 33-21. But the Indians inched closer, 33-28, on an eight-yard run from Bridgewater.
The Pirates ended the first half with two late touchdowns — a 54-yard Gordon-West pass to Moffitt and a 61-yard run from Abron — to take a commanding 47-28 lead at halftime.
The hometown squad seemingly put the game out of reach early in the third quarter after Omosigho returned an interception 59 yards to the one-yard line to setup a short touchdown run from Abron to make the score 54-28.
Alvarado (0-3) responded with a 76-yard drive that ended with a 35-yard touchdown strike from West Conner to Logan McDaniel to cut the lead to 54-35. But Gordon-West and Moffitt hooked up again on a 47-yard touchdown to give the Pirates a 61-35 advantage.
Crandall (2-1) wrapped up their second win of the young season in the fourth quarter when Gordon-West posted his second rushing touchdown of the game. The Indians added a touchdown from Bridgewater to make the final score 68-42.
In a contest that featured more than 1,300 yards of total offense, the Pirates high-octane offense racked up a whopping 700 total yards. However, Crandall’s defense surrendered 651 yards — including an eye-popping 576 rushing yards.
Gordon-West completed 12 of 16 passes for 367 yards and five touchdowns, and rushed for 39 yards on 11 carries and two scores.
Abron tallied 147 yards on 15 touches and found the end zone on three occasions, while sophomore Andrew Anderson (4-82) and junior Nisaiah Jackson (9-65) combined for 147 yards on 13 carries.
Both Omosigho (5-163-1) and Moffit (4-144-4) turned in explosive performances and combined to catch nine passes for 307 yards and five scores.
Bridgewater carried the Indians’ offense on his back with 369 yards on 41 carries and four touchdowns, while Webb added 188 yards on 13 carries and one score.
Crandall will open district action on the road next Friday night against the Sulphur Springs Wildcats (0-3). Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
Marvin Moore is a 1984 SHS graduate and award-winning sports writer who has also coached baseball in Europe and Asia. Contact at email@example.com.