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Spartans' offense finds groove in 33-20 win

Rowe, Pittman spark West Hall to second straight win

POSTED: September 21, 2012 11:35 p.m.

Isaiah Rowe and Antonio Pittman led West Hall on offense, combining for 203 of the Spartans 301 total yards in a 33-20 win over Banks County on Friday in Homer.

West Hall’s Chase Jarrard blocked a Banks County punt in the beginning of the third quarter and the Spartans recovered the ball at the 5-yard line. Rowe ran it in on the next play to give West Hall a lead it would not surrender for the remainder of the game.

“My kids didn’t quit,” said West Hall coach Tony Lotti. “We felt like we had a good game plan, and we bounced back from mistakes.”

The Spartans started the game strong with Kwon Williams returning the opening kickoff run 82 yards for a touchdown. Banks County came back quickly, with Tyler Hubbard and Wes Faulkner each scoring in the next two minutes to take a 14-7 lead.

The Spartans’ Connor Kirkland kicked a 30-yard field goal at the end of the first quarter, but Banks County responded with two field goals of its own to carry a 20-19 lead into halftime.

“I felt like we had a good game,” Lotti said, “But we have to stop going into halftime trailing. The coaching staff made some good adjustments at halftime though.”

West Hall took the lead in the third on Rowe's touchdown, but the two-point conversion failed. Rowe came back to extend the Spartans’ lead with another score on a 55-yard run in the fourth quarter and proceeded to run in the two-point conversion.

The West Hall defense held Banks County scoreless in the second half.

Rowe had 15 carries for 102 yards and three touchdowns on the night, and Pittman had 12 carries for 101 yards. Quarterback Zach English was 6 of 12 passing for 77 yards.

“The kids are starting to get that they have to play through the whole 48 minutes,” Lotti said, “I think the big thing is when you don’t quit, you give yourself a chance. They’re not going to quit anymore.”

The Spartans return to action against Fannin County next Friday in Oakwood.


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