BENSON — West Johnston looks to run the football first. And on Friday against South Johnston, the Wildcats began the game running the ball and never stopped.
Cameron Williams rushed for 214 yards on 30 carries and scored two touchdowns to lead unbeaten West Johnston to a 24-0 victory over the visiting Trojans.
Williams, a 5-foot-11, 182-pound junior, made the most of the holes his line provided, picking up extra yards on numerous occasions with hard running between the tackles.
“Williams was just a workhorse,” West Johnston coach Jimmy Williams said. “We have a couple of guys injured, so he’s taking a big work load for us. He’s able to carry the ball 35 times a night.
“The plan was to run. Luckily, we were able to control the ball real good.”
South Johnston (0-2), a 3A school playing up a division against 4A West Johnston (2-0), moved the ball on offense – getting 187 yards passing from Garrett Smith – but mistakes proved costly.
West Johnston set the tone on the opening play, recovering a fumble on the kickoff. The Wildcats were held to a field goal, but the mistakes continued and West Johnston took advantage.
On South Johnston’s next possession, the Trojans managed just a 6-yard punt, and the Wildcats took over at the South 25. West Johnston scored in nine plays, with Williams going in from the 5.
On South’s second possession, a bad snap on the punt gave the Wildcats the ball at the Trojans’ 9-yard line. A keeper by sophomore quarterback Jarvin Holder on first down made it 17-0.
“Offensively, we are not moving the ball well enough and we are not scoring,” South Johnston coach Shane Dular said. “We would get a couple of first downs, get a couple of good plays and then there would be a sack, a penalty or something would go wrong.
“We kept shooting ourselves in the foot.”
Williams scored the Wildcats’ final touchdown, taking a pitch and finding a crease down the right sideline in the third quarter.
“If we keep running, our offensive line is going to get, make the blocks and give me a chance to break one,” Cameron Williams said.
He had plenty of chances Friday night. And he made them count.