LANGLEY -- North Augusta left no doubt who is the better team in its battle with arch-rival Midland Valley.
Kevin Smith threw for 133 yards and two touchdowns and Edward Williams accounted for 101 yards of total offense and scored twice as North Augusta put on a dominating performance in taking a 28-0 lead into intermission and cruised to a 35-7 win at L.L. Willis Stadium on Friday night.
Smith said he was expecting a close contest.
"I thought they were going to give us a little competition," Smith said. "They've been doing all that talking about how they had the best running back (Jamaal Johnson) in the nation. Our defense held him to under 100 yards."
Just how dominant were the Yellow Jackets? Consider that they held Midland Valley to no first downs and minus 35 yards of total offense in the second quarter in stretching a 7-0 lead to 28-0.
The Yellow Jackets held the Mustangs to zero yards of total offense in the opening half and held Johnson to 13 yards on 13 carries for the game. Midland Valley had 35 yards of offense in the first quarter.
North Augusta tackled Midland Valley for losses on 13 of the final 18 plays of the opening half. Two additional Mustang plays netted zero yards.
"They just kept stunting those outside linebackers (Terrance Gooding and Tanai Williamson) and we never did adjust to it," said Mustang coach Clayton Chriswell, who suffered a dislocated pinkie when a running back came to the Mustangs' sideline in the second quarter. "It was just a rough night all the way around."
Offensively, Edward Williams gave the Yellow Jackets the early lead with a 41-yard run around left end with 2:19 remaining in the opening period.
In the second quarter, Smith hit wideout Tyrone Holmes on a slant pattern and the speedster sprinted 48 yards for a touchdown to give the Yellow Jackets a 14-0 lead just three minutes into the second quarter.
"Coach (Joe Long) told me to look off the safety and then comeback to him and that was it," Smith said.
North Augusta scored 14 points in the final 1:27 of the opening half to extend its lead to four touchdowns. Smith hit Williams on a 66-yard fly pattern to stretch the team's lead to 21-0.
With one second remaining in the half, Marcus Robinson returned a Jeff Sawyer punt 64 yards for a score as North Augusta took its stunning lead into the locker room.
"I thought it would be a close ballgame," Yellow Jacket coach Joe Long said. "Midland Valley has a good offense and some good running backs. I thought our defensive coaches (defensive coordinator) Mike Snyder, Drew Hummel and Russell Patterson came up with a great game plan to stop their offense."
North Augusta accumulated 178 yards of total offense in the decisive first half. The second half was more of the same as the Yellow Jackets posted thier second win of the season.
Midland Valley, which had three first downs in the opening period, did not get its fourth first down until there was less than one minute remaining in the third period.
Jamaal Johnson scored his first touchdown of the season on a 12-yard swing pass from David Kaney as the Mustangs avoided a shutout with 10:17 remaining in the game.
The Yellow Jackets held the sophomore running back to 13 yards on 13 carries and the Mustangs to 26 yards of offense for the contest.
"I'm glad we beat them because they are one of our biggest rivals," Williams said. "It feels good."
North Augusta7 21 5 2- 35
Midland Valley0 0 0 7- 7
NA- Edward Williams 41 run (Joe Cartledge kick)
NA- Patrick Wright 48 pass from Kevin Smith (Cartledge kick)
NA- Edward Williams 66 pass from K. Smith (Cartledge kick)
NA- Marcus Robinson 64 punt return (Cartledge kick)
NA- Jeff Sawyer tackled in end zone for safety
NA- Cartledge 35 field goal
MV- Jamaal Johnson 12 pass from David Kaney (Josh Waters kick)
NA- Safety, Johnson tackled in end zone
Records- North Augusta 2-0, Midland Valley 1-1. Next- Evans at North Augusta, Sept. 12, 8 p.m. Midland Valley at Aiken, Sept. 12, 8 p.m.
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