Coming off a two-game losing streak, Laney worked on offensive execution in practice throughout the week.
The Wildcats executed all right, with George Myers leading a rushing attack that helped Laney roll to a 32-3 win over Westside on Friday night.
“It was just hard-nosed football,” Myers said. “We were just trying to get down field as fast as we can.”
In the first meeting between the Augusta rivals since 2007, the Wildcats rushed for 319 yards. Myers led the way with 161 yards on 14 carries with three touchdowns.
Coming off consecutive losses to Washington County and region foe Screven County, Laney bounced back to improve to 3-3 overall, 1-1 in Region 3-AA play. Westside saw its two-game winning streak end, falling to 5-2 (2-1).
“For the most part, the kids have continued to be upbeat. They’ve worked hard,” Laney coach Lemuel Lackey said. “My hat’s off to them tonight for coming out and just trying to establish themselves.”
Westside had no answer for Laney’s playmakers or its offensive line. Along with Myers, DeMarcus Nunnally added 106 yards on nine carries, while Deondre Walker chipped in with seven rushes for 67 yards.
Westside had its chances in the first half, driving inside the Laney 21 three times on its first four possessions. The Patriots came away with just three points, and they never got on track afterward.
Laney’s defense formed a wall up the middle all night, holding Westside to 104 rushing yards on 42 carries.
“I told someone Laney’s going to be fast and they’re going to be big,” Westside coach Steve Hibbitts said. “They just took it to us.”
Nunnally shot up the middle, breaking three tackles on a 45-yard run to stake Laney to a 6-3 lead late in the first quarter. On their next possession, the Wildcats went 42 yards on three running plays. Myers capped the spurt with a 15-yard run, extending the Laney lead to 14-3.
The Wildcats averaged 12 yards a carry in the first half. Laney could have extended its lead, but the Wildcats turned the ball over twice in the red zone in the final six minutes of the first half.