STATE CENTER - The race for early season supremacy in Class 2A District 7 had just one horse in it - West Marshall.
The fourth-ranked Trojans turned to their state-leading rusher Duncan Ferch, who carried 28 times for 363 yards and six touchdowns, to erase Nevada's fast start for a 53-7 rout of the Cubs on Homecoming night Friday for West Marshall.
The Trojans (5-0, 1-0) found themselves down 7-0 after Nevada's first drive of the game was prolonged by a successful fake punt and finished off by an 11-yard pass from Colynn Black to Tate Handsacker.
T-R PHOTO BY ROSS THEDE
West Marshall junior running back Duncan Ferch, left, breaks into the Nevada secondary for a long gain during his 363-yard rushing performance and the fourth-ranked Trojans’ 53-7 rout of the Cubs.
Jake Pszanka's 2-yard touchdown run and Gustavo Rodriguez's extra-point kick evened the playing field for West Marshall, and the rest of the night resembled a highlight reel for the youngest Ferch.
The junior tailback had touchdown runs of 44, 80, 4, 14, 5 and 4 yards to go with an 83-yard return of a blocked field goal in establishing the second-best single game rushing total in the state this year.
Ferch currently stands at 1,290 yards on 125 carries - an average of 10.32 yards per attempt - and 19 touchdowns.
Pszanka completed one of his two passing attempts, a 13-yarder to Tyler O'Donnell, and West Marshall rolled to 5-0.
Devin Chesler and Ferch both finished with a team-high six tackles, while Bailey Brockman and Matt Van Metre had four stops apiece. Brockman also blocked Joseph Badger's 34-yard field goal attempt in the second quarter, and the bouncing ball found Ferch in stride.
West Marshall moves on to face North Polk (3-2, 2-0) next Friday night in Alleman.