Ketter brothers combine for six first-half touchdowns to beat West Fork
CHARLESTON — With a chance to wrap up a share of the 3A-1 conference title, Charleston exploded for 42 first-half points en route to a 49-7 win over West Fork at Alumni Field on Friday night.
With the win, the Tigers (8-1, 6-0) not only have a share of the 3A-1 crown, they also clinched the league’s first seed in the Class 3A playoffs. Charleston will host the fifth seed of the 3A-5 in a first-round game on Nov. 11.
Charleston coach Ricky May said his team needs to stay focused for next week’s regular season finale at Lavaca, another big Tigers rival.
“I told the team [after the game] that we don’t want to share anything,” May said. “We want to be true conference champions and do it the right way.
Senior twin brothers Brevyn and Bryton Ketter combined for Charleston’s six touchdowns in the first half as the Tigers scored on six straight possessions. Brevyn scored four times and rushed for 94 yards, while Bryton Ketter added a pair of touchdown receptions.
Charleston gained 281 yards in the first half – 151 passing and 130 rushing. The Tiger defense limited West Fork to just six first downs and 89 total yards, including 9 rushing, in the first two quarters.
“The assistant coaches have done a tremendous job this week,” May said. “Coach [Matt] Stewart had the attack ready, Coach [Tyler] Reese had the defense ready and [Bryson] May prepared the lines. I thought we had a great attacking game plan tonight. Once they got into a rhythm [on offense]they can be very good.
The defense gave Charleston its first scoring opportunity when Tyton Jones landed a pass to West Fork 38. Six rushing plays later, Brevyn Ketter, who carried for 27 yards five times in practice, scored from 1 The point after was blocked, leaving the score 6-0 with 6:23 to go in the first quarter.
“The offensive line was spectacular tonight,” May said. “Sometimes they don’t get the credit they deserved. They dug huge holes in us tonight. Once we started the running game, it improved the passing game.”
Charleston secured great field position after gaining possession on a punt at West Fork 46. Ketter took an inside handoff and escaped outside to the right sideline and ran for a 27-yard touchdown with 3:58 left in the first quarter. Quarterback Brandon Scott hit Jones on the two-point pass and the lead grew to 14-0.
Bryton Ketter scored on a 3-yard sweep pass from Scott, then added the PAT kick for a 21-0 Charleston lead with 10:50 left in the first half.
The West Fork attack eventually moved the ball on their next possessions, going 65 yards for their score alone and getting four of their first six tries in the first half, including a pair of first-down penalties on interference from passing and brutalizing the passer. Quarterback Timothy Howerton hit Beau Clark in the end zone for a 15-yard touchdown with 7:35 left in the first half, cutting West Fork’s deficit to 21-7.
Charleston then scored three touchdowns in four minutes to blow up the game.