Johns Creek opened the 2012 season in style on Thursday night, rolling up 400 yards of offense and shutting out Woodstock in a dominant 28-0 victory.
Senior quarterback Skye Overton led the way with 266 yards of total offense and three rushing touchdowns while the Gladiator defense was just as impressive, limiting Woodstock (0-1 overall) to just five first downs on the night and 88 yards of offense.
“For our first time playing as and against a AAAAAA school I thought we played really,” said Johns Creek coach Mike Cloy whose teams is making the jump up from AAAA. “We showed a lot of energy, a lot of hustle and won the ball game which is always good.”
“We knew we would have to get used to the size [playing AAAAAA teams] but we did a good job on both sides of the ball and I am pleased with the effort.”
Johns Creek (1-0) opened the scoring on their second possession after starting on their own 9-yard line.
Overton found Ben Deck for a 9 yard gain across the 20, before two Overton runs and a Woodstock penalty advance the ball to midfield.
Now in his fourth year as a starter, the senior quarterback found daylight a play later and raced 50 yards to the end zone to put Johns Creek up 7-0 late in the first quarter.
A quick three-and-out from the Johns Creek defense put the Gladiator offense back on the field to start the second quarter. Three plays into the drive senior Matt Azemar showed off his wheels on a speed sweep, dashing 42 yards around right end to give Johns Creek a 14-0 lead heading into the half.
“Thank God for speed,” said Cloy when referring the long scoring runs on the night. “[Overton] is a good player and we have good, fast, skilled athletes around him. Our lineman have experience and if we can get bodies on bodies and give those kids a chance to run like we did tonight I think we’ll continue to be successful this year.”
Overton added touchdown runs of 52 and 3 yards in the second half to put the game away at a 28-0 final.
All totaled Johns Creek racked up 303 yards on the ground, led by 169 yards on 20 carried from their quarterback.
On defense the Gladiators forced five punts, a fumble, a missed field goal and two turnovers-on-downs. Senior defensive linemen Sam Arrington and John Reid posted sacks and Azemar ended Woodstock’s best scoring chance by breaking up a pass in the end zone in the second half.
“We played well up front and our defense had a really good showing in their first outing. We stuffed their run and covered the pass well.”
“Really I think we played a complete ball game all around.”
Johns Creek will be off next weekend before traveling to play Milton Sept. 7.
Johns Creek 28, Woodstock 0
JCHS 7 7 7 7 — 28
WHS 0 0 0 0 — 0
JCHS: Skye Overton 50 run (Kyle Fowler kick)
JCHS: Matt Azemar 42 run (Fowler kick)
JCHS: Overton 52 run (Fowler kick)
JCHS: Overton 3 run (Fowler kick)
21 First Downs 5
303 Rushing Yards 64
97 Passing Yards 24
400 Total Yards 88
9/19 Comp/Attempts 2/10
0 Interceptions 0
1/1 Fumbles/Lost 1/1
6/40 Penalties/Yards 6/30
1/39.0 Punts/Averages 4/35.2
RUSHING: Johns Creek — Overton 20-169, Chase Solomon 14-41, Azemar 2-50, Austin Pack 8-39, Turner Fortin 1-4, Ryan Touchstone 2-0. Woodstock — Jean Boereau 7-32, Trey Alexander 8-29, Max Keeton 2-8, Larob Terrell 2-6, Sharrone Gates 2-0, Nick Cable 1-2, Justin Agner 5 (-5), Alex Motsinger 2-(-8).
PASSING: Johns Creek — Overton 9-19-0, 97. Woodstock — Agner 1-5-0, 12, Motsinger 1-5-0, 12.
RECEIVING: Johns Creek — Ben Deck 2-27, Brandon Fortin 2-20, Jake Pomerantz 2-16, Cody Hardage 1-10, T. Fortin 1-11, Andrew Szambelan 1-14. Woodstock — Boereau 1-12, Keeton 1-12.