Gaining more than 500 yards of total offense certainly will build up a hunger in a high school football player.
That’s why the “Dirty Burger” O’Fallon senior running back Mason Hewitt earned for his role in the Panthers’ 48-35 win over Normal West on Friday night tasted so delicious.
Hewitt rushed for 274 yards on 30 carries and scored two touchdowns. He also added 225 yards on kick returns for 524 total yards for the game, as the Panthers evened their record at 1-1.
“Definitely, it certainly is special,” said Hewitt, who received the burger which was one of the postgame awards handed out by O’Fallon coach Brandon Joggerst. “I don’t know if I’ve ever played a better game, but it certainly helps to have a strong team behind me.”
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It was wild win for the Panthers, who fell behind early, rallied to take a 28-15 lead into halftime and then had to do everything they could to fight off the explosive Wildcats.
“There were two dynamic offenses out there tonight,” said Joggerst, whose team piled up more than 480 yards of total offense in the game, “which helped it turn out to be a topsy-turvy kind of game. Fortunately, we were able to make some plays there in the second half to swing things our direction.”
Leading 42-35, O’Fallon appeared on its way to going back up by two scores when it drove deep into West territory.
But Hewitt fumbled the ball inside the Wildcats five.
O’Fallon, however, forced West into a rare three-and-out, Deven Monohan sacking Wildcats quarterback Peyton Dillingham on third down at the 1-yard line to force them to punt.
Three plays later, the Panthers were back in the end zone, Cosey scoring on a 10-yard run to make it 48-35.
“One score didn’t feel real safe at that point,” said Joggerst, “so when Mason fumbled there, the defense really stepped up for him and made that great stop.
“Then Cosey scored to get us back up by two (touchdowns). But we were never completely felt out of the woods, they’re so explosive.”
West would drive deep into O’Fallon territory on its next possession. Deion Norfleet, however, picked off a Dillingham pass at the 13-yard-line to end what would be West’s final scoring threat.
Cosey joined Hewitt in rushing for more than 100 yards, running for 116 on 15 carries. He scored three touchdowns.
O’Fallon quarterback Christian Perez passed for 128 yards and rushed for 66 more. He also had an 18-yard scoring run that helped the Panthers go into halftime with a 28-15 lead.
West’s Dillingham completed 25 of 49 passes for 355 yards with three touchdowns. Darryl Cobb Jr. returned one of his interceptions 42 yards for a touchdown.