West Jones added some offensive pop Friday night to an already dominant defense.
The Mustangs scored 27 points in the first half, led by two Micheal Neal touchdowns, in a 33-0 thumping of the crosstown rival Tigers (0-2).
Northeast Jones, which was coming off a hard-fought 28-25 loss to Taylorsville, mustered only 42 yards of total offense and five first downs against the Stingy ’Stangs defense.
“They are a tremendous defense and they played like one tonight,” NEJ coach Keith Braddock said. “We knew it would take an outstanding effort against them and I am disappointed we didn’t get that.”
Standout quarterback Fifi Magee was held to 9 yards on 9 carries and completed 2 of 4 passes for 19 yards. The Tigers fumbled twice.
“We were really good on the defensive side of the ball and that puts a lot of pressure on their offense, any offense,” WJ coach Scott Pierson said.
The Mustangs (1-1) bounced back from a lackluster offensive performance in a 10-6 opening-game loss to Wayne County by rush- ing for 230 yards. Jasper Jones had 101 yards rushing on 14 carries and a touchdown, while Neal ran for 72 yards.
“Our offensive line blocked a lot better,” Pierson said.
West Jones scored on a 9-yard TD run by Neal less than two minutes into the game.
Four minutes later, Walker Thompson — an Ole Miss commit — kicked the first of two field goals for a 10-0 West Jones lead.
Neal scored his second touchdown and Thompson booted his second field goal — a 22-yarder — to give WJ a 20-0 lead in the second quarter. Cedric Bender returned an interception 8 yards for a touchdown with a minute to play in the first half.
Jones scored on a 9-yard run midway through the third quarter to give the Mustangs a 33-0 lead.
Both teams substituted liberally in the second half.
The road for Northeast Jones gets no easier as the Tigers are set to host Class 2A power Collins on Friday night.
“We will live to see another day,” Braddock said. “We will find a way to get things fixed and compete.”
West Jones will be on the road at Quitman. Both games have 7 p.m. kickoffs.