PREP FOOTBALL

West Side shuts out Indy Arlington

2013-09-28T19:30:00Z 2013-09-29T02:17:07Z West Side shuts out Indy ArlingtonDavid P. Funk Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
September 28, 2013 7:30 pm  • 

GARY | West Side has won some lopsided games this season, but the 60-0 victory over Indianapolis Arlington has been the biggest.

Henry Smith and Lonnie Johnson each scored twice for the Cougars, as big plays ruled the day on Saturday.

Lonnie Johnson caught passes of 23 and 30 yards. He returned to his natural position of wide receiver after taking snaps at tailback in recent weeks.

"I like (receiver) just cause I like competing with my cousin (JonVea' Johnson). Right now, I'm behind so I need to do some catching up," Lonnie Johnson said. "But whatever helps the team, I'm with it."

West Side has scored 194 points in three games (a nearly 65-point average).

"It's a competition within ourselves (to score more points each week) and as long we keep competing, we can go far," Lonnie Johnson said. "We're trying to execute all of our plays, stay disciplined and come out with scores like this."

The Cougars took eight penalties for 85 yards last week against Hammond. This week they were called for only three penalties. Coach Jason Johnson said that playing on consecutive Saturdays gave him the chance to return to the fundamentals, like tackling and penalties, at Monday's practice.

"We had two focuses this week: We talked about turnovers and taking away the mistakes," coach Johnson said. "We didn't have any turnovers today."

Arlington (2-3) lost 15 players to a weekly grade check Monday, leaving the Golden Knights with only 22 on the sidelines.

"We watched (Arlington) on film, so we pretty much knew what we were going to see," Jason Johnson said.

West Side (3-3) considered the game as a final tuneup for its showdown with Morton next week. The Cougars will use the challenge presented by the Governors as a measuring stick.

"That's our rivalry. I think they're the five-time sectional champ so everybody understands what's at stake," Jason Johnson said. "Our kids are more than ready for Morton. We literally base our whole season on Morton."

"We can't wait for next Friday."

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