Big tallies prevalent Friday night
by Carlton D. White
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The efforts of Marlon Horne, right, and other playmakers helped Campbell pull away from Osborne on Friday.
<BR>Staff photo by Kelly J. Huff
The efforts of Marlon Horne, right, and other playmakers helped Campbell pull away from Osborne on Friday.
Staff photo by Kelly J. Huff
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Several of Cobb County’s teams had no problems putting up big numbers Friday night.

Lassiter scored 21 points in the third quarter and ripped off 28 unanswered points to open the second half in its 41-23 victory over Sprayberry.

Wheeler amassed 26 fourth-quarter points in its 59-20 victory over Pope, scoring the final 32 points of the contest.

Walker trailed North Cobb Christian 7-0 early, but ran off 42 straight points to earn a 42-7 win on the road. The Wolverines totaled 28 of those points in the second half, including 21 in the third quarter.

Allatoona blitzed Paulding County 39-0, while Kell jumped out to a 41-0 lead over Woodstock and won 41-21. Campbell held a 20-12 halftime advantage over Osborne, but took control with 17 unanswered points and settled on a 37-19 triumph.

Teams are not only finding their way into the end zone, they’re getting there in bunches. Offenses are repeatedly delivering big plays, extending drives and stopping the opposition from scoring.

“I think two things go into seeing those kinds of scoring runs (from Friday),” said Lassiter coach Jep Irwin, whose team only led 14-7 at halftime. “The defense has to get stops, that’s No. 1. And No. 2, you have to have an explosive play or two to really build that momentum on offense.

“For us, it was about execution. The coaching staff put together a good game plan and the kids executed in the second half. We didn’t have that in the first half. We missed assignments, had bad technique, we dropped passes and the turnovers hurt. Bad things happened, but we did a better job of avoiding those things in the second half.”

Campbell is 2-0 for the second year in a row after its win over Osborne, in which coach Harris Rainbow commented that he was “thrilled to death” to leave Cardinal Field with a victory. A 40-yard touchdown run from Michael Rogers and a 35-yard pass from Ricky James to Marlon Horne in the third quarter helped spring the Spartans free from their eight-point halftime lead.

“It’s important to take advantage of your opportunities,” Rainbow said. “We were able to do that and built on our lead in the third quarter.

“We didn’t play with the energy we needed early and Osborne pushed us on both sides of the ball. I challenged our kids at halftime to come out with some more energy and they responded.”

The Spartans have scored 30 or more points in each of their two games this season, and Rainbow hopes to continue to see that kind of production moving forward.

“I feel like our kids are capable of scoring a lot of points,” he said. “We’re blessed that we can score at any moment because we have kids with big-play ability that can get us yardage. Having that ability when we need it is helpful.”

Wheeler is averaging 51.5 points per game after opening the season with back-to-back victories for the second year in a row.

Elijah Staley completed a 67-yard touchdown pass to Harland Howell and connected with Jesse Kearse on a 35-yard scoring toss for a 14-0 first-quarter lead. Staley also scored on a 46-yard run in the second period.

“We’ve been fortunate to make big plays when we’ve needed them,” Wheeler coach Mike Collins said. “Our backfield and our receivers are getting it done, Staley has the hot hand and our offensive line is giving him the time to make plays.

“I think that’s the biggest key to scoring a lot of points. You have to have the offensive line playing well, giving the quarterback time to find receivers and opening holes for the running backs to get through. All of them have to have the confidence to go out and execute.”
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