The Ooltewah Owls put up some incredible numbers offensively last week, but came out on the losing end against the Siegel Stars.
The Owls did the same thing a week later at Soddy Daisy's Robert Talaska Field and the results were much different, a 58-14 whipping of the Trojans in a game where the Owls basically dominated in every phase.
The Owls pride themselves in a hurry-up offense. They are ready to snap the football as soon as it's marked and they do it to wear the other team's defense out.
On Friday night, the Owls had 50 offensive snaps in the first half alone as quarterback Brodie Binder set the tone with four touchdown passes as Ooltewah built a 34-8 lead.
The mercy rule was in effect midway through the third quarter, meaning that the clock ran non-stop the rest of the way, so the Owls didn't have near the offensive production in the second half as they did in the first.
Binder -- pronounced Bender -- completed 19 of 30 passes in the first half for 241 yards, including TD throws of 30 yards to Mike Mike Williams, 26 yards to Anthony Turner and two TDs to Edward Hayes covering 22 and 23 yards.
Soddy Daisy's only score in the first half was a 10-yard pass from quarterback Hunter Maynor to Levi Thornton, which trimmed Ooltewah's lead to 14-6 with 10:16 left in the second quarter.
The Owls added three more touchdowns while the only points scored by Soddy Daisy came when punter Joey Sealor was tackled in the end zone for a safety after the snap on a punt attempt sailed over his head.
To make a long story short, the Owls were clicking on all cylinders while the Trojans were not.
Ooltewah coach Mac Bryan liked what he saw on both sides of the ball.
"We've been pretty explosive offensively so far this year. Desmond ran it hard and Brodie had an outstanding game throwing it. We're going to run and pass a lot, but I thought that Brodie did a a good job running our offense.
"The defense also made some big hits," Bryan added.
Binder finished the game with 22 completions in 34 attempts for 298 yards. In addition to the four TD passes in the first half, he added another of 56 yards to Jackson with 5:30 to play in the third quarter.
"We didn't throw it nearly this much last year, but tonight, I had plenty of time to throw and we have a bunch of guys who can catch it. It feels awesome to get our first district win," Binder said later.
Six different Owls had at least one catch in the first half while three of those six ended the game with five catches each.
Turner set the pace with five catches for 123 yards while Williams had 65 yards on his five snags. Hayes totaled 62 yards on his five catches while Hayden Bradley had 24 yards on three receptions and Desmond Pittman two catches for 22 yards.
While the quarterback was putting up some pretty impressive passing numbers, Pittman was making life tough for the Soddy Daisy defense as well as he finished with 143 yards on 19 carries, including TD runs of 16 and 3 yards. He had 106 of those yards on 15 carries in the first half.
Demontes Earls only had one carry for the Owls, but it was a 45-yard touchdown scamper in the final minute of the game.
Junior kicker Lasio Toser, who converted seven of eight extra point kicks, added a 28-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. Turner's 78-yard kickoff return gave the Owls first down at the Soddy Daisy 7, but the Trojan defense got tough and refused to allow another touchdown.
The improved Trojans didn't have any answers for the Ooltewah offensive explosion. The Soddy Daisy offense had a tough time as well.
Soddy Daisy first-year head coach Justin Barnes knew before the opening kickoff that Ooltewah has a pretty good football team. Now he's totally convinced.
"We didn't put much pressure on their quarterback. We tried to stack the line to stop their run, but it was just a matter of picking our poison," Barnes said after the final horn sounded.
"This is a little bit of a setback, but they're where we want to be. We didn't have an answer for them tonight, but we still have seven more games. We have a week off to correct some mistakes, but the question is just how well will we bounce back. I guess we'll see what kind of character these young men have in the next couple of weeks," he added.
C.J. Blue picked up 35 yards on eight attempts in the second half as the Trojans finished with 28 rushing yards on 24 attempts.
Maynor had a little better luck throwing the ball as he completed 18 of 28 for 128 yards.
Thornton was the leading receiver for the Trojans as he had six grabs for 63 yards. Tre Carter had four catches for 31 more.
Ooltewah finished the game with 24 first downs, including 20 in that frantic first half. Soddy Daisy countered with nine.
Ooltewah travels to Tyner next Friday while Soddy Daisy returns to action on Sept. 20 with a road game at Cleveland.
OOLTEWAH 14 20 14 10 -- 58
SODDY DAISY 0 8 0 6 -- 14
Ool -- Mike Williams 30 pass from Brodie Binder (Lasio Toser kick), 6:41 left in first;
Ool -- Edward Hayes 22 pass from Binder (Toser kick), 0:55.8 left in first;
SD -- Levi Thornton 10 pass from Hunter Maynor (kick blocked), 10:16 left in second;
Ool -- Anthony Turner 26 pass from Binder (Toser kick), 9:21 left in second;
Ool -- Desmond Pittman 16 run (Toser kick), 7:43 left in second;
SD -- Safety when Ooltewah punter tackled in end zone; 5:49 left in second;
Ool -- Edward Hayes 23 pass from Binder (run failed), 0:38.9 left in second;
Ool -- Pittman 3 run (Toser kick), 7:41 left in third;
Ool -- Turner 56 pass from Binder (Toser kick), 5:30 left in third;
SD -- Tre Carter 7 pass from Maynor (run failed), 8:53 left in fourth;
Ool -- Toser 28 field goal, 6:34 left in fourth;
Ool -- Demontes Earls 45 run (Toser kick), 0:38.6 left in fourth.
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