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Spartans blank Knights to claim bragging rights in Oakwood

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West Hall coach Tony Lotti talks to his team after Friday's victory over Johnson in Oakwood.
OAKWOOD -- Momentum continues to build around West Hall football these days.

On Friday night, the Spartans kept that momentum rolling forward courtesy a 28-0 shutout of cross-town rival Johnson in the “Battle of Oakwood.”

West Hall (1-0) did much of its scoring damage early, putting up 21 first half points – more than enough for a defense that allowed just 162 yards to the Knights (0-2).

“This shows that the kids are really embracing our new defensive coordinator and they’re figuring it out,” Spartans coach Tony Lottis said. “The kids are rallying on that side.”

West Hall’s offense didn’t look too shabby either – especially Kwon Williams.

The running back carried nine times for 113 yards -- a 12.6 yards per carry average -- and threw in two touchdowns. He also scored defensively, snagging a first quarter interception and returning it 66 yards for a 14-0 advantage.

West Hall spread the wealth offensively, as nine different players registered carries during the win – including Ty Statham, who plunged into the end zone for a three-yard score that made it 21-0 with 2:48 left in the first half. Quarterback Jacobs Satterfield also completed 3 of 4 passes for 51 yards.

“We’ve got a lot of very talented backs, if you give them creases they can take it the distance,” Lotti said. “We’d did a good job with our blocks tonight. The line was really firing off the ball.”

Johnson managed to put up yards, especially in the first half, but a high-pressure West Hall defense kept the Knights off balance.

The two teams combined for five turnovers -- three for Johnson -- and Lotti said there was plenty to correct after the Spartans’ opener.

“There’s a lot of positives we can take from it; as a coach I’m always looking to see what I can fix,” Lotti said. “We were a little sloppy with turnovers. But I was proud of our kids’ effort all week.”

Kavin Hopkins led the Knights with 70 yards rushing on 13 carries, while Chase Sims completed 5 of 8 passes for 69 yards.

It wasn’t enough to derail the Spartans from their second straight win over Johnson, however.

“This is good for the seniors,” Lotti said. “Me and (Johnson) coach Roquemore, believe this is good for both of our communities. You have peaks and valleys, and we’re just trying to build our program, so is he. And I think it’s a good healthy rivalry.”

West Hall will look to keep things rolling next week against Chestatee in Oakwood.

Johnson, meanwhile, will look to bounce back next week against Banks County at home.

WEST HALL...14....7....0....7 -- 28
JOHNSON......0....0....0....0 -- 0

First Quarter
WHHS -- Williams 63 run (Hodgson kick) 11:15, 7-0
WHHS -- Williams 66 intecpetion return (Hodgson kick), 3:51, 14-0

Second Quarter
WHHS -- Statham 3 run (Hodgson kick), 2:48 21-0

Fourth Quarter
WHHS -- Williams 3 run (Hodgson kick), 4:36, 28-0
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