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Flame rushing attack burns past West-Oak

By Cole Little
Courier Sports

news@thepccourier.com

WESTMINSTER — The Pickens Blue Flame collected their first win in rather grand fashion, outgaining the West-Oak Warriors by more than 300 yards en route to a dominant 48-13 win on the road in Westminster on Friday night.

Propelled by a breakout 214-yard performance on the ground from wing player Nate Thomas, the Blue Flame controlled the contest from start to finish, utilizing their rushing attack to earn an impressive victory — the first under first-year Blue Flame head coach Chad Smith.

“That’s what we try to do every week,” Smith said, speaking on his team’s 462-yard rushing output. “Our kids ran hard tonight, and I was proud of them.”

In a game highlighted by intensity, including 120 penalty yards, two ejections and a couple of blocked extra points, Thomas set the tone early in the first quarter with a 71-yard dash for the end zone. Taking advantage of holes in the West-Oak

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