GARY | West Side didn't dwell on last week's last-second loss to Morton.
Instead, the Cougars just took out their frustrations on Northwestern Conference and city rival Lew Wallace on Friday, pummelling the Hornets 82-20.
"The coaches definitely took (last week's loss) more than the kids," Cougars coach Jason Johnson said. "The coaches were just sick. We had to cut our meeting short Monday."
Ramone Atkins bounced back and was nearly perfect on the night for West Side (4-4, 1-0). The junior quarterback completed 19-of-20 passes for 395 yards passing and seven touchdowns. He also rushed for 47 yards and a score.
Atkins had 388 yards and seven touchdowns through the air at halftime.
"This is first time I've ever only missed on one pass," Atkins said. "It feels good."
Lonnie Johnson caught three of those scores and had five receptions overall for 147 yards. The Ohio State recruit also ran for a touchdown.
"The first few plays, I just took it as me working on my craft. I wasn't really focused on scoring," Lonnie Johnson said. "(Atkins) is never off to me. He's going to make plays, regardless.
"You'll never see him make a bad play."
Wallace (2-3, 0-1) began the game in ominous fashion, snapping the ball over quarterback Darius Mahome's head. Mahome fell on it in the end zone for a safety.
West Side took the ball on the very next play from scrimmage and completed a 41-yard touchdown pass from Atkins to Lonnie Johnson. The pair hooked for another score, this time from 39 yards out, on the Cougars' next play.
The rout was on.
"(Atkins) has just grown so much," Jason Johnson said. "Last year, he threw like 18 interceptions and he has two this year. You just look at that alone."
Darius Mahome scored all three touchdowns for Wallace. The first was on 90-yard kickoff return. He also had a 61-yard fumble recovery and a 3-yard run.
"Last week, we should've had Morton," Lonnie Johnson said. "We'll see them again in the sectional. Here we come, I guess."