HOBART | Jon'Vea Johnson, Lonnie Johnson and Ramone Atkins put on their version of “The Greatest Show on Turf” at the Brickyard on Friday.
By halftime, Atkins had fired three touchdown passes – two to Lonnie and one to Jon'Vea – and it seemed Hobart's best defensive option was simply to try to keep the dynamic trio off the field.
The Times No. 8 Brickies unleashed their thunder and lightning ground attack of Noah Smith and Drey Devereaux to try eating up clock. The duo responded to combine for 291 rushing yards in a wild, 47-34 win over the Cougars.
Leading 27-20 at halftime, the Brickies (1-0) scored two consecutive touchdowns in the third quarter. Quarterback Andrew Barras found tight end Nick Bokun for an 8-yard score with 8:22 left in the third quarter before Barras plunged in from one yard out to give the Brickies a 40-20 lead about five minutes later.
Atkins found Jon'Vea Johnson for an 11-yard score for a late third quarter West Side touchdown, but Barras answered back with his second one-yard TD of the night to put Hobart ahead 47-28 and negate any comeback attempts for the Cougars (0-1).
What started as a defensive showdown with some offensive miscues in the first quarter turned into an offensive display after the first 12 minutes. The game's only score of the first quarter happened when Zach Satterfield plunged in from two yards out to give the Brickies a 6-0 lead.
Hobart would continue wearing down West Side with the run, as Smith found pay dirt from seven yards out, giving the Brickies a 13-8 lead with 5:30 left in the second quarter. Smith put Hobart ahead 20-14 on a 5-yard run less than two minutes later.
As good as West Side's passing attack was, it was negated by costly penalties. The Cougars committed eight in the first half for 51 yards.
Hobart will host LaPorte next Friday, while the Cougars will host Chicago Lindblom.