It did not take long for South Paulding to exert their will against Lithia Springs in a 47-0 romping on Friday evening at LSHS. The Spartans gained chunk yardage consistently, both through the air and on the ground.
Spartan starting quarterback Jake Oglesby had an early exit to the game due to the blowout, but while he was in, he found ways to stretch the field, hitting a multitude of Spartan receivers in stride.
The Lithia Springs offense struggled to find their rhythm all night, especially upon entering opponent territory, much to do with the stout South Paulding defense and their physical play at the line of scrimmage. The win improves South Paulding’s record to 7-1, while Lithia Springs falls to 1-7.
South Paulding only needed two minutes to find the endzone. Spartan tailback Anthony Brown scored on a two yard run following a 28 yard scamper on fourth and one. Lithia had two possessions to try and tie the game up but a lack of fluidity thanks to effective penetration from the South Paulding defensive line, kept the Lions out of scoring range.
On South Paulding’s third drive of the game, tailback Kameron Watts crossed the goal line on a nine yard run to put the Spartans up 14-0 with 2:16 to play in the first quarter.
As the Lithia three and outs became all too familiar, the defensive fatigue started to show. With the first quarter clock winding down, Watts scored his second touchdown of the night on a two yard run.
The second quarter action mirrored the first with the exception of Lithia’s offense finding ways to get the ball into opponent territory. However, it appeared as though South Paulding’s defense played better when their backs were to the wall, halting Lithia scoring threats over and over again.
The Spartans scored their first passing touchdown when Oglesby found receiver Cam Whyche in the endzone for nine yards. If the wheels weren’t off before, they surely were when Oglesby found a hole in the Lithia Springs secondary, hitting Dakota Brinkley in stride for a 90 yard touchdown to put the Spartans up 34-0 with halftime approaching.