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Du Quoin shuts out Carterville

  • Logan Robinson and Garrett Burke tackle Keaton Pestka in the end zone for a safety Friday night.

    Logan Robinson and Garrett Burke tackle Keaton Pestka in the end zone for a safety Friday night.
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  • Josh Heape celebrates a touchdown.

    Josh Heape celebrates a touchdown.
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  • Shamar Adams gets a block from Anthony Cole for a big gain.

    Shamar Adams gets a block from Anthony Cole for a big gain.
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  • Westly Milam scores a long touchdown in the second quarter.

    Westly Milam scores a long touchdown in the second quarter.
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By Justin Walker
updated: 9/15/2018 9:16 PM

DU QUOIN -- Westly Milam scored on touchdown runs of 86 and 91 yards to lead the Du Quoin High School football team to a 41-0 rout of Carterville in the SIRR Mississippi Division opener for both teams Friday night at Van Metre Field.

Milam finished with 213 rushing yards on 13 carries for the Indians, who are now 4-0 overall after dropping the Lions to 1-3.

"That's Westly," said Du Quoin coach A.J. Hill. "Last week, (Herrin) really keyed on him and focused on taking him out of our game plan. This week you could see the way (Carterville) played (wide receiver) Dasani (Edward), they were getting a guy out of the box and that's what we're hoping to do to teams -- make them make a decision.

"And with Westly, once he gets to the second level, he's a big kid but when he bursts out there aren't a lot of guys that can keep up with him. He runs it hard. He gets frustrated when he's not getting yards but we keep telling him we're going to get you there, stay positive. He did it and that's the type of kid he is. We have to keep relying on that."

Despite the score, the Indians weren't perfect. Especially early. Their first drive resulted in a fumble for a turnover, then after a three-and-out, penalties marred the next possession.

But points were put up when Edward scored on a 35-yard run and Du Quoin was up 6-0 going into the second quarter. That play came after a screen pass from Josh Heape to Shamar Adams turned a first-and-40 situation into a first down with a big play.

The Indians turned the ball over twice in the second quarter with an interception thrown by Heape and another lost fumble, but the defense scored points with a safety as Logan Robinson and Garrett Burke tackled Lions quarterback Keaton Pestka in the end zone.

And it didn't take long for Du Quoin's offense to figure things out.

Heape scored on a 20-yard and 8-yard runs to make it 22-0, then on the last play of the half Milam broke free for his 86-yard scamper on a third-and-5 play.

So despite the three turnovers, the Indians went into halftime with a commanding 28-0 lead.

"Those are things we haven't had happen to us yet this year so you never know how you're going to respond to them," Hill said of the miscues. "I thought we did a good job of just keeping our eyes forward and knowing with our offense we're just a couple plays away from busting it loose."

Milam's second big run came on the second play of the third quarter. Then it was a 15-yard score from Adams with 6:38 left in the period that started the running clock for the rest of the game.

Du Quoin's defense was up to the challenge against Carterville's option attack. In addition to the safety, Anthony Cole and Ethan Zettler both had interceptions and even with reserves in late the Indians finished with a shutout.

"That's big for our defense, confidence wise," Hill said. "We got to play a lot of backups and we're finally getting some guys ready to where we can get guys off the field. I think that's huge for our defense. We put those guys in and we still held them to zero points. That's huge."

Du Quoin plays at Pinckneyville this Friday. The Panthers defeated Sparta, 28-18, on the road Friday and are 3-1.

-- Doug Daniels contributed to this report