Originally created 08/20/05

Rushing game carries Spartans to rout



The future and the present glory of Glenn Hills football linked up Friday in the season opener against Josey.

The Eagles found their only glory on their first series.

Then Glenn Hills let its secret out in a 37-7 runaway victory keyed by 19 fourth-quarter points.

That secret was a dynamic freshman playmaker who ensured his letter jacket about five minutes into his first practice.

"Can't talk about my freshman yet," Glenn Hills coach Felix Curry teased during summer drills. "Shhhh. He ain't done nothing yet. Wait until he does something to introduce everyone to him."

World, say hello to Collin Bing.

Augusta had to wait only one minute into his varsity football career to find out all about Bing.

After a surprising score in the opening minute by Josey - a 64-yard jaunt by junior fullback Jatavious January - the freshman running back responded on the ensuing kickoff.

Bing followed teammate Spartan Ricky Young for an 87-yard kickoff return. Young said the hole was "7 yards wide," that the Spartans' return team cleared for Bing.

"We had a middle return on and I caught the ball and saw a big sea of green to run," Bing said. "Ricky told me to watch out for that last cutback. I got to give props to my line and props to Ricky. They led me to that. I think I had one hand breeze by my shoulder."

Bing shined so much in the preseason, Young even admitted he wasn't as good as Bing as a freshman.

He wasn't the only one.

"He is something special to just be a freshman," Curry said. "He's got a lot of growing to do and we're going to keep him humble, but he's going to be a superstar."

The Spartans' current superstar in the backfield took over from there. Young, limited by injury, even elected to let Bing start the game at running back since he'd missed so many reps over the p ast few weeks of practices.

"It was only right," Young said. "He'd been doing all the work in practice. "

Young put the Spartans ahead for good with a twisting 42-yard score with 29 seconds to go in the first half for a 12-7 lead. He had 90 yards on eight carries.

Larry Blue, the new quarterback for the Spartans, looked at ease breaking free to the corner of several option runs. He added a scoring run of 13 yards in the third and covered 28 yards for another score in the fourth.

Junior defensive back Sean Wallace snatched a pass from Josey's Robert Johnson and carried it in from 40 yards to ensure a rout was on.

Senior Byron Doyle matched the feat, this time from 45 yards out, on the next series.

"We just couldn't keep up with them," Josey's Lawrence Marsh said. " Everybody on our team just got tired and dehydrated. We were dropping like flies and cramping. "

Reach Jeff Sentell at (706) 823-3425 or jeff.sentell@augustachronicle.com.

GLENN HILLS 37, JOSEY 7

JOSEY 7 0 0 0 - 7

GLENN HILLS 6 6 6 19 - 37

FIRST QUARTER

J-JATAVIOUS JANUARY 64 RUN (PHILLIP JOHNSON KICK), 11:02

GH-COLLIN BING 87 KICKOFF RETURN (KICK BLOCKED), 10:48

SECOND QUARTER

GH-RICKY YOUNG 42 RUN (PASS FAILED), :29

THIRD QUARTER

GH-LARRY BLUE 13 RUN (PASS FAILED), 10:42

FOURTH QUARTER

GH-LARRY BLUE 28 RUN (KICK FAILED), 7:40

GH-SHAWN WALLACE 40 INTERCEPTION RETURN (PASS FAILED), 7:40

GH-BYRON DOYLE 45 INTERCEPTION RETURN (DAVID QUINONEZ KICK), 4:47

J GH

FIRST DOWNS 9 10

RUSHES-YARDS 40-180 31-237

PASSING YARDS 59 18

COMP.-ATT.-INT. 5-14-2 3-6-0

FUMBLES-LOST 2-2 4-1

PUNTS-YARDS 2-59 2-63

PENALTIES-YARDS 7-65 14-105

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING-JOSEY: JATAVIOUS JANUARY 3-86, VIRGIL BROWN 19-67, DANNY MACKEY 6-25, TYWAIN BROWN 2-3, RICO DAVIS 1-3, ROBERT JOHNSON 6-0, MARQUEL DOBY 4-(MINUS-3). GLENN HILLS: RICKY YOUNG 8-90, LARRY BLUE 7-80, JAMAL HARRIS 5-23, COLLIN BING 5-17, VERTRON NERO 2-15, EVAN WILLIAMS 1-7, JAMARRIO WALKER 1-6.

PASSING-JOSEY: ROBERT JOHNSON 5-13-2 59, RICO DAVIS 0-1-0 0. GLENN HILLS: LARRY BLUE 3-6-0 18.

RECEIVING-JOSEY: PATRICK MEYERS 2-39, VIRGIL BROWN 2-10, GERALDO ROBERT 1-6. GLENN HILLS: BRANDON WHITLEY 2-12, ERNEST LEWIS 1-6.