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North Hall hasn’t skipped a beat running the football in region play this season. Three dominating nights running with its new wishbone offense have culminated with an equal number of blowout victories in Region 7-AAA play.
On Friday, the Trojans (5-1, 3-0) picked up a new season-high 495 rushing yards en route to a 63-0 win against Fannin County (1-5, 1-2) at The Brickyard. With the win, North Hall now sits atop the region with Buford (5-1, 3-0) as the only two left with a perfect record in region play.
“The good start to the season has put us in a great spot,” North Hall quarterback Andrew Smith said. “We just want to keep riding the ship.”
Smith says that the offensive line was the star of the game, creating gaps for the running backs to twist, turn and break tackles for long runs all night. North Hall had nine running plays go for at least 20 yards.
“Our offensive line is dominating,” Smith added.
Next up, North Hall has a home game against White County (4-2, 2-1), which was upended by the Wolves 49-14 on Friday in Cleveland.
“White County is certainly still in this thing in the region and we have to be ready for them next Friday,” North Hall coach Bob Christmas said.
Trojans junior Zac Little had a breakout night, carrying the ball four times for 150 yards and two long touchdown runs. Seven different North Hall players scored a touchdown, including a 93-yard interception return for a touchdown by Avery Cagle in the final minute of the game.
However, it was the running game of the Trojans that sealed the deal early with two long touchdown runs in the first seven minutes of the game to help build a 20-0 lead after the first quarter of play.
Trojans starting quarterback Bradley Brown had a long touchdown run of 63 yards on the game’s first play. On North Hall’s third possession, Little had his longest run, going 68 yards for a score.
Little also scored on a 22-yard run early in the fourth quarter. His other two runs went for 34 and 29 yards.
“We’re all expected to do our best,” Little said. “We have a lot of faith in our linemen and follow their blocks.”
With the score out of control fairly early, Smith had two of the most entertaining plays of the night to watch.
Leading 13-0 late in the first quarter and plugged in at quarterback, Smith took the snap and appeared as if he was ready to run with the ball. Then he stopped behind the line of scrimmage, took a step back to about the 15 and threw to a wide open Marcus Hulsey in the back of the end zone for the touchdown.
Midway through the second quarter, Smith used the same type of deception with his speed and an arm fake. He took a carry around the end and just before he was tackled near the sideline, he used a pump fake to throw off the defender then took off for the end zone and the score.
He finished the game with four carries for 85 yards, to go along with two touchdown passes. Brown was North Hall’s other back to top 100, with seven carries for 105 yards.
Destin Bennett had both of the Trojans’ touchdowns in the third quarter, one on a run and the second on a pass from Smith.
The majority of Fannin County’s offensive success came through the air. Rebels quarterback Trevor Stone completed 10 of 19 throws for 125 yards. Noah O’Neal had three catches for 58 yards for Fannin County, which hosts Banks County on Friday.
North Hall’s defense held Fannin County to 103 yards rushing (2.5 per carry).