Step right or go left — it didn’t really matter. George Myers would find room, and lots of it. And so would his teammates.
With great blocking and speed – and with the defense making quick stops – Laney scored often as it won 54-0 on Friday night.
The Wildcats have now won 10 of the past 11 games in the rivalry.
“We wanted to execute all of our plays,” Myers said. “I wanted to be a superior team and score every drive.”
Everything seemed to work.
By halftime, Laney scored eight touchdowns and had 54 points; Josey has scored only 66 points the entire season.
It was the Wildcats’ largest margin of victory since a 72-0 rout in 1974.
DeMarcus Nunnally found room to the outside. Quarterback Andre James found success on short throws and designed runs. George Myers found space anywhere and everywhere.
The rout was on quickly as the Wildcats’ defense blew open plays with a dominant pass rush and also clogged the holes. After the Laney defense forced a fumble on a sack on Josey’s first possession, the Wildcats’ offense scored following a fourth-down conversion.
Laney went for the first down without hesitation and converted on a Nunnally run to the outside.
Myers scored the next play on a 15-yard run.
The Wildcats’ seven other scoring drives didn’t come across much trouble. Six of them needed fewer than four plays to find the end zone. Four of those scoring drives came after turnovers.
Even when the Wildcats (5-3 overall, 3-1 Region 3-AA) started 45 yards away on one drive, they scored in a blink. A perfectly executed trap play allowed Nunnally to ego in for the score and make it 26-0 in the first quarter. A James run made it 32-0 before the opening quarter ended.
Nunnally and Myers both reached the 100-yard mark in the first half on a combined 12 rushing attempts. James also had 101 passing yards and accounted for three touchdowns.
Josey wanted to rely on its passing game, but the Eagles (1-7, 0-4) completed only four of their 17 attempts in the game.
With a running clock in the second half, the barrage of points finally stopped.
“You’re glad that you were executing and getting things done,” Wildcats coach Lemuel Lackey said. “We’re still coaching hard, trying to get them to that top level.”