Even Mother Nature couldn’t slow down a high-powered West Hall offense on a rainy Friday evening.
The Spartans had more than 500 yards of total offense and scored touchdowns on six of 10 possessions in defeating Johnson 42-14 in the annual Battle of Oakwood at Bill Ellis Memorial Stadium.
The Spartans (1-1) lead the all-time series 15-7-1.
In a first half that would include a lightning delay of an hour and a half, the Spartans ran through and around the Knights’ defense for 225 yards (387 for the game) behind the “thunder” of Cooper Adams, who totalled 75 yards before halftime, and the “lightning” of Tyrese Osborne who had 58 yards on just four carries.
Even quarterback Jacob Satterfield showed his explosiveness on a 75-yard keeper up the middle, giving the Spartans a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter.
Satterfield only had to pass seven times in the half, completing five for 74 yards and two touchdowns as West Hall used misdirection to confuse Johnson’s defense and scored on four of six first-half possessions.
The Knights (0-2) produced only 94 total yards for the half while turning the ball over twice on their seven first half possessions.
After both teams went three-and-out on their first possessions, the Knights were moving the ball via an eight-play, 42-yard drive until an option pitch was recovered by Osborne. Showing his dual threat ability, the speedy senior took his own option pitch from Satterfield two plays later and outraced the Knights secondary on a 55-yard touchdown run, giving the Spartans their first lead of the season at 7-0 midway through the first quarter.
After another Johnson three-and-out, the Spartans drove 75 yards on eight plays in three minutes, capped by a 16-yard strike from Satterfield to Will Dague for a 14-0 lead to begin the second.
Johnson was driving when the game was delayed by lightning. The Knights threatened to get back into the game on a Sam Corbett to Chandler Barkley 20-yard touchdown toss down the seam on a play-action pass after running the ball six straight times for 38 yards.
That’s all the success the Knights would have in the first half as they rushed for only 48 total yards. Corbett did complete four of his seven passes for 46 yards.
That momentum as quickly halted as the Spartans quickly countered with an eight-play, 67-yard drive, resulting in another touchdown on a 14-yard swing pass from Satterfield to AJ Favorite, resulting in a 28-7 halftime lead.
Two possessions and 133 more yards of total offense (85 rushing) would result in two more scores for the Spartans to open the second half. Ashun Favorite scored from 5 yards out on their first possession and TK Hendrix from 1 yard out on third-and-goal on their next drive to give the Spartans a 42-7 lead.
The Knights finished with 165 yards of total offense as Corbett completed 6-of-11 passes for 92 yards. Qua Butler caught two passes for 30 yards and caused two pass interference penalties on the Spartans with his speed.
Cody Long led the Knights with 38 yards on 7 carries. Osborne forced two turnovers from his middle linebacker spot for the Spartans.
West Hall (1-1) is at Washington Wilkes next Friday while Johnson (0-2) is home against Banks County.