The Wolfpack (4-0, 0-0) put up 35 first-quarter points, 42 total in the first half, to make it a no-doubter from the early goings.
“We weren’t trying to run up the score or anything,” said Wolfpack Head Coach Ryan Antoine. “We just exploded on offense. It was on tonight.”
The Pirates finally got on the board at the 8:15 mark in the third quarter when Kameron Abshire hit Dylan Roussel for a 64-yard catch-and-run.
Abshire and Roussel connected again with 1:57 left in the third, Abshire hitting a streaking Roussel in stride for a 72-yard TD.
Roussel made the most of his only two catches on the evening, piling up 136 yards.
Abshire finished with 248 yards passing with three touchdowns on the night.
Kaplan Head Coach Stephen Lotief said that, despite the final score, there were positives in the game for the Pirates.
“I felt we did a lot of good things, offensively and defensively,” he said.
But Lotief said his team was surprised by the Wolfpack’s aerial assault.
“They came out in no-back sets and kind of shook us,” he said. “We didn’t expect that at all. I can’t take anything away from them, they executed.”
West St. Mary quarterback Tre’vell Dixon and his leading receiver, the speedy Daijuan Stewart, combined for 272 yards and five touchdowns through the air.
Dixon was 15-for-22 passing for 358 yards with six TDs.
Abshire’s third touchdown pass came with just 1:42 left in the game. He found an open Trey Choate and, again, hit his receiver in stride. Choate did the rest, flying down the sideline for the score.
Choate finished with four catches for 97 yards.
The night also saw the return to the fullback position of Kaplan’s Sammy Hoffpauir.
Hoffpauir had 24 carries for 112 yards, just behind his teammate, Jante Rutland, who led all rushers with 120 yards on 13 totes.
“It felt good to be back at fullback,” said Hoffpauir, “but without a win, I mean, we have to have a victory before we can do anything.”
The Wolfpack caused havoc for the Pirates in all facets of the game. Mason Robinson and Robert Martin each recovered Kaplan fumbles and returned them for long touchdowns and Glenn Marsh returned a kickoff, on a designed reverse, with just :57 ticks left in the game for the final score.
“We came here last year and we lost a bad one,” said Antoine. “It didn’t sit well with us the whole year. We preached it, ‘Let’s go out there and show Kaplan and everybody in the state that this West St. Mary team is for real.’”
West St. Mary hosts 5A Walker(1-3, 0-0) next week.
Kaplan (1-3, 0-0) gets its District 9-3A slate underway next Friday when it makes the short trip to face Abbeville (0-4, 0-1).