But Friday, at least, he was no one-man show. His backfield mate, Luke Berry, who was allowed to slip off the field more quickly and more quietly, deserved equal billing. And that development might be the one that future opponents find most troubling.
Berry, a 5-foot-9, 215-pound, ball-peen hammer of a fullback, carried a season-high 25 times. His 154 yards were the most since he ran for 188 against Central Bucks South on Oct. 4, and the first time he rushed for more than 100 since.
"When they're both running like that, it just makes our offense a lot easier," Knights quarterback Austin Shearer said. "I think that was probably one of [Berry's] better games this year."
Berry played a major role in the second half against an increasingly weary Perkiomen Valley defense. At one point late in the third quarter, North Penn had scored two touchdowns on long drives to rally for a 26-19 lead, and Perkiomen Valley had run only three offensive plays in the period.
As good as West has been, with Berry reemerging as a major threat, the 11th-seeded Knights are all the more dangerous entering the district final against No. 4 Neshaminy at 7 p.m. Friday at Souderton.
"We knew if we could get into the playoffs, we were going to be some trouble, and that's exactly what we are," Shearer said. "I don't think anyone wants to get matched up with us."
On the ground. Neshaminy kicked its rushing game into high gear.
The result, in a PIAA District 1 Class AAAA semifinal Friday night vs. Abington, was a 35-14 triumph for the Redskins and a chance to play for the program's first championship since 2004.
With a dominant effort along the line of scrimmage, Neshaminy netted 286 rushing yards on 51 attempts. The hosts totaled 201 yards, including four scores, on 29 tries in the first half.
Junior tailback D'Andre Pollard benefited from the strong surge up front, carrying 29 times for 208 yards and two TDs. He scored on darts of 37 and 12 yards.
The line was composed of center John Koch, guards Matt Wynne and Dan Johnson, tackles Mike Palmer and Hunter Kelly, and tight ends Luke Carrezola and Billy Ritchey.
"We kind of challenged them to be more consistent," Neshaminy coach Mark Schmidt said. "They're starting to get better. They're improving."
Friday will mark the fourth title-game meeting in the last 10 seasons between Neshaminy and North Penn, former Suburban One League National Conference rivals. The Knights (10-3) won by 42-6 in 2010 and by 28-0 in 2008; the Redskins prevailed, 51-34, in 2004.
The teams' last playoff meeting was in 2011, with North Penn winning a quarterfinal by 21-7 en route to a sixth district crown.
"The last couple of games against North Penn have been very one-sided in their favor," Schmidt said. "This time, we really need to be ready to get after it."
Give him touches. Keep feeding me the ball, Jerry Lanier told Academy Park coach Jason Vosheski during halftime of the District 1 Class AAA final Friday night. If you keep giving me the ball, Lanier said, the Knights will win.
Facing a five-point deficit to No. 2 Glen Mills at halftime, the fourth-ranked Knights rallied behind Lanier in the second half for a 22-14 comeback win at Ridley. It was the first postseason championship in Academy Park history, and for Lanier, it was the culmination of his prolific career.
The senior rushed 29 times for 178 yards and a touchdown in the win. On the Knights' first possession of the second half, a 56-yard scoring drive, Vosheski listened to Lanier's advice. The coach called seven straight Lanier runs, which ended with a 10-yard scamper that gave Academy Park the lead for good.
With at least one game left to play, Lanier ranks second in Southeastern Pennsylvania with 2,205 rushing yards, adding 19 TDs.
"It's been the best season of my life," Lanier said. "I mean, I was good in little league, but in high school, this is the best season I've ever had."
Academy Park will play Archbishop Wood in the Class AAA state quarterfinals at 7 p.m. Friday at Northeast.
Injured. Academy Park quarterback Brian Ingram suffered a possible broken collarbone in the third quarter against Glen Mills.
"We'll know more Monday, but it doesn't look good," Vosheski said Saturday. "We have to move forward as if he's going to be out."
Other playoffs. St. Joseph's Prep (9-3) will face District 11's Parkland (12-1) in a Class AAAA state quarterfinal at 1 p.m. Saturday at Frank Banko Field in Bethlehem. . . . In a Class AA quarterfinal, Imhotep Charter (10-1) will battle District 11's Catasauqua (12-1) at 1 p.m. Saturday at Johnston Stadium in Northwest Philly.