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Spartans’ offense stalls in 31-8 loss to Fannin

POSTED: September 28, 2012 10:17 p.m.

OAKWOOD —Trevor Stone ran for two touchdowns and threw for three more to Noah O’Neal as Fannin County earned its first victory Friday with a 31-8 victory over West Hall.

Stone scored of 1 and 8 yards, and the junior hit O’Neal on passes of 2, 23 and 38 yards at West Hall Stadium. The Rebels (1-4, 1-1 Region 7-AAA) outgained home-standing West Hall 302-229 and had 106 more yards than the Spartans in the first half.

West Hall had hoped to build on a two-game win streak that included a win over 2011 playoff team Banks County the previous week. Instead, the Spartans dropped their third straight game to Fannin County dating back to 2004.

“We just came out flat and didn’t play as good as we could have played,” said senior tight end Keith McCroan, who caught the lone touchdown pass for West Hall. “There was a loss of excitement. We didn’t prepare ourselves enough for this one.”

Peyton Satterfield ran for 117 yards — 60 coming on the game’s first play — and Fannin County won the turnover and field position battles. The Rebels had two interceptions and a fumble recovery, and three of their first eight drives began in West Hall territory.

Fannin County wasted little time jumping on the Spartans (2-3, 1-1). Stone scored on a 1-yard plunge to cap the game’s opening drive — five plays and 80 yards.

O’Neal, also a junior, caught a 2-yard touchdown pass from Stone midway through the second quarter to end a 14-play drive. Key was Satterfield’s 4-yard run to convert on fourth down from the Spartans’ 7.

There wasn’t much working for West Hall on offense. The Spartans gained just 68 first-half yards, and only one play of more than 10 yards in the opening half.

“Credit goes to Fannin County,” West Hall coach Tony Lotti said. “They came over ready to play. I’m not going to take anything away from their win. We just did not come out and play the way we’re capable of playing.”

Stone scored on his 8-yard run midway through the third quarter before a costly West Hall fumble on the ensuing kickoff. Daniel Lange recovered on the Spartans’ 23-yard line, and Stone hit O’Neal for a touchdown on the next play.

West Hall’s lone score came on a 6-yard pass from Zach English to Keith McCroan late in the fourth quarter. McCroan caught a pair of passes for 35 yards.

Isiah Rowe led the Spartans with 59 yards rushing on 10 carries.

“We didn’t get it done, and that’s my fault,” Lotti said. “We’ll go back to work Monday. Football games aren’t necessarily won on Friday nights. It’s won through your preparation and what you do leading up to it. I think we learned that this week.”

West Hall next travels to Buford at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Fannin County travels to North Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 12.


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