Hobart's Noah Smith rolls into the end zone for a touchdown against West Side during the second quarter at Hobart High School in Hobart, Ind., Friday, August 23, 2013. | Guy Rhodes/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 25, 2013 6:13AM
HOBART — Junior running back Noah Smith loves bone-crushing hits.
And as the bulldozer providing them, he’s pretty good at them, too.
That was obvious as Smith cracked a number of helmets and pads on Friday night carrying the ball 27 times for 188 yards and two touchdowns, leading Hobart to a 47-34 win on opening night against West Side at the Brickyard.
“Noah is an animal,” Brickies coach Ryan Turley said. “He ran the ball hard. Give credit to those horses (linemen) up front because though they are young, they did a heck of a job.”
Hobart’s running attack finished with 415 total yards as senior Drey Devereaux rushed 168 yards on 12 carries and a TD, while QB Andrew Barras also carried the football past the goal line on a pair of occasions.
Barras also completed 4-of-6 for 70 yards and a touchdown.
Turley was pleased with his senior QB’s performance.
“We’re proud of him,” he said. “We keep calling him young but he’s been here a couple years now. He’s a veteran and we expect big things out of him.”
West Side QB Ramone Atkins looked pretty darn good too himself.
The Cougars senior gunslinger completed 18 passes on 29 attempts and five touchdowns for the Cougars. Cousins Jon Vea Johnson (105 yards, 3 TDs) and Ohio State recruit Lonnie Johnson (108 yards, 2 TDs) made up most of the offense, catching 16 of those passes.
Coach Jason Johnson, who led the Cougars to a 6-5 mark last season, knows his team can put up the offensive numbers but is hoping to see the defense come around as the season progresses and that turns into Ws.
“We know we can score it,” he said. “Now we have to work on some protection breakdowns and getting things together as a team.
“We’re normally a slow-starting team. It takes us a couple weeks because we still have kids coming into the program and getting used to things. But we’ll be fine.”