Laney offense runs wild behind powerful line

Laney had the perfect setup.

The Wildcats' first drive of the game was all on the ground, with a couple of big runs by Adonis Roberson and George Myers helping the team pull even with Josey.

After an Eagles fumble, Laney looked ready to run it again.

Instead, with quarterback Leo Myers under center, Laney went to the air and receiver Rod Hall was wide open.

With one pass attempted, Leo Myers was 1-for-1 for 43 yards and a touchdown.

The Wildcats attempted just 14 passes but still threw for 214 yards as the dominant offensive line helped both the running attack and the passing game thrive.

"They helped me out a whole lot," Leo Myers said. "I got to give credit to the offensive line. They did an incredible job."

DEFENSE SHINES: Another game, another win for Butler in 2010. The Bulldogs are the only team in the area that has yet to surrender a point.

A team that gave up an average of 39.2 points per game during a school-record 41-game losing streak now has posted back-to-back shutouts for the first time since 1980. That season, Butler had three shutouts in a row.

STARTING STRONG: For the first time since 2004, Aquinas is undefeated after two weeks. The Fighting Irish won by 53 on Friday, and Brendan Douglas has been a star.

The running back has rushed for eight touchdowns this season on just 33 carries. That means he's reached the end zone on 24.2 percent of his carries.

BIG GAMES THIS WEEK

Lakeside (1-1) at North Augusta (2-0), 7:30 p.m., Friday

What does the North Augusta offense have in store this week? The Yellow Jackets have scored 38 points in both games this season, with the passing attack looking unstoppable. Quarterback Loranzo Hammonds has been involved with 10 touchdowns already.

The Panthers' defense should provide a significant test. Lakeside has given up only 17 points this season and has surrendered more than 14 just once in the past 18 games.

Glenn Hills (0-1) at Evans (2-0)

The Knights continue to shine late in games, with a goal-line stand against Richmond Academy on Aug. 27 and a score with less than eight minutes left against Grovetown last Friday. Evans won by four points in both games.

The Spartans lost by 29 points to Lakeside in Week 1 and must hit the road again.

Midland Valley (1-1) at Aiken (2-0), 8 p.m., Friday

In their last game, the Mustangs stopped a pair of two-point conversion attempts to beat South Aiken by a point after trailing 20-6 in the second quarter.

Now Midland Valley plays unbeaten Aiken for the first time since 2005. The Hornets haven't lost to the Mustangs since 1998 and hope to start 3-0 for the fifth time in seven years.

POWER POLL

The area's top 10 football teams as voted on by members of The Augusta Chronicle sports department, WRDW-TV and other area media. A first-place vote is worth 10 points; a 10th place vote is worth one points. First-place votes are in parentheses.

TEAMPTSW-LPVS
1. North Augusta (6)1042-01
2. Strom Thurmond (3)953-02
3. Thomson812-04
4. Aiken742-03
5. Jefferson County511-0-16
6. Butler (1)502-010
7. Evans422-07
8. Williston-Elko302-19
9. Aquinas222-0NR
10. Lakeside171-05

Others receiving votes: Warren County (1) 15, Lincoln County 9, Washington County 9, Laney 4, Silver Bluff 2

STATS DUE WEDNESDAY

Prep football statistics are due by noon Wednesday. Coaches are asked to submit statistics each week by fax to (706) 823-3408 or by e-mail to wayne.staats@augustachronicle.com.

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