Belleville West’s offense moved the ball with consistency while its defense dominated.
The Maroons improved to 4-1 with a 41-0 defeat of the Granite City Warriors in Southwestern Conference play. It’s West’s best start since going 5-0 in 2013.
Quarterback Jack McKloskey completed 12 of 18 passes for 164 yards and four touchdowns in the game. Will Lanxon was on the receiving end of two of those scoring strikes and finished with nine catches for 122 yards.
Jacob McCloskey and Ni’el Hill scored the other two Maroons passing touchdowns.
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“We’re really proud of Jack and the way he’s stepped in as a sophomore. He did a great job,” said West coach Cameron Pettus.
Lanxon is the younger brother of Jack Lanxon, who graduated last spring and currently plays at Truman State University in Missouri. Their father is Mark Lanxon, who quarterbacked the Maroons in the 1980s and is the youngest of four brothers to wear the maroon and white.
“We’re really glad to have had those Lanxon boys because they’re great athletes and good football players,” Pettus said. “Will punted, was the holder for the place kicker, plays defense. He’s a good kid and just a really, really smart football player.”
Four West running backs contributed to a 200-yard night and a 6-yard-per-carry average. Kriston Davis, among the St. Louis region’s top ball carriers, led the way with 117 yards and a score. DeUndrey Johnson contributed 64 yards on 10 carries, including a 16-yard, fourth-quarter scoring run.
“We take a lot of pride in our defense as well,” Pettus said. “We rotate a lot of guys through, and every one of them contributed. The effort was there all night, especially in the second half.”
Granite City dropped its third straight game without sophomore quarterback Freddy Edwards, who went down in Week 3 with a shoulder injury. The Warriors (2-3) are at Edwardsville next Friday.
Belleville West is tied atop the Southwestern Conference with East St. Louis. The Maroons and Flyers meet next Saturday at 1 p.m. at West.