J.J. Ross (Westlake HS)

Senior J.J. Ross ran for 175 yards and a touchdown to lead Westlake to 34-14 win over East Beauregard Friday to close out the preseason.

Westlake’s new split-back veer offense looks like it will be a perfect fit for Westlake senior running back J.J. Ross.

Ross ran for two touchdowns and caught another while racking up 215 yards of total offense to lead the Rams to a 34-14 win over East Beauregard Friday at the SPOT Therapy/Billy Navarre Jamboree.

Ross rushed for 175 yards on eight carries, including a 63-yard rumble down to the East Beauregard eight-yard line on the Rams first offensive play. Ross’ backfield mate Jasia Simien capped the drive with an 8-yard touchdown run. Simien finished with 25 yards on 5 carries.

“J.J. was outstanding,” Westlake head coach John Richardson said. “The running backs played outstanding.

“The o-line played a pretty good game.”

Ross scored on a 1-yard run on the Rams next possession then caught a 45-yard pass from Drew Winn to put the Rams up 21-6 with 4:49 left in the first half. He added a 10-yard score late in the second half. Winn also threw a 30-yard score to Jamaal Guillory with 2:06 left in the first half.

Jackson Lewis gave East Beauregard great field position on its first possession after a 67-yard kickoff return. Jacob Gimnich slipped a tackle at the eight yard line on his way to an 18-yard touchdown to cut the Rams lead to 7-6 but the Trojans’ two-point conversion pass failed. Gimnich had 15 carries for 63 yards to lead the Trojans and caught two passes for 24 yards and a score.

Westlake had some penalty problems with four for 40 yards, including one that negated a 45-yard punt return touchdown by D’morris Richard in the first half.

“We did a lot of good things,” Richardson said. “We still making a lot of mistakes and get better at. 

“We have to be more physical. We have to play faster and play more assignment oriented football. I am happy for the guys. They needed to come out and get a win, but it is going to get a lot tougher down the road.”