FRANKSTON - West Rusk bounced back from its loss last week against defending state champion Waskom and defeated Frankston 27-0 on Friday at Jeff and Opal Austin Stadium.

The Indians were shut out a week after putting up 60 points against Elysian Fields.

With the victory, the Raiders improved to 8-1 and are in second place in District 8-3A Division II. The Indians fell to 6-3.

The tandem of "Thunder and Lightning" (Nick Ballard and D.J. Hicks) turned in another great performance for the Raiders. Ballard rushed for 188 yards on 33 carries and one score. Hicks rushed for two scores and racked up 115 yards on 11 carries. He had the longest run of the night with an 80-yard TD run that put his team up 14-0.

"This was a huge victory for us tonight," Raiders coach John Frazier said. "I'm so proud of how we played tonight in these conditions. I thought our offensive and defensive line played real well. I'm very pleased right now going forward."

Speaking of defense, West Rusk held the trio of quarterback Garrett Bean, running back Justice Bean and receiver Kendrick Rogers in check. They picked off Garrett Bean three times, with Kevin Jones snagging two of those to pace the Raiders, who surrendered 29 yards of total offense in the first half.

West Rusk got on board first after an interception on the first play and Ballard punched it in from 13 yards out as Jose Cerda added the PAT kick to put West Rusk up 7-0. Ballard made big runs all night and he constantly found ways to keep the chains moving on third down, including four times on one drive.

The Raiders forced a three-and-out and Hicks scored on an 80-yard run. Hicks scored again in the second quarter on a 13-yard run, capping off a 15-play, 88-yard drive.

Cerda added two field goals (43, 26) to make the score 27-0.


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