Westbrook lands stunning upset over Motley Co.


In the six-man ranks, Westbrook stunned Matador Motley County 58–36 Friday in one of Class 1A’s biggest shockers of opening week.

The Matadors entered the contest ranked No. 2 in Division II. The team reached the state title game in 2019 and returned five starters on each side, including all-state running back Jake Richards.

Richards set the state record (all classifications) with 4,186 rushing yards last season, adding 67 TDs.

In an interview with the Abilene Reporter-News Westbrook coach Homer Matlock said the junior Richards was as good as advertised, but his team did enough to contain him. He credited defensive coordinator Jake Diggs for a solid plan.

“(Richards) is still very, very good. Their whole team’s really good,” Matlock said. “…Coach Diggs drew up a good defensive scheme. The kids were ready. Our philosophy every year is ‘Do your job’…and the kids stuck to that.

“(Richards) is really good and he still broke some on us” said Matlock. “He had a good night, but we were able to contain him a little bit. It just worked out for us.”

SIX-MAN SHOCKER The state runner-up Motley Co. Matadors fell to the unranked Westbrook Wildcats on the road in their season opener.

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