CLARKSVILLE — Over the past two seasons, Rossview had a combined win total of three.
This season has been a different story, and the Hawks proved once again better fortunes have arrived.
Isaiah Johnson moved within 50 yards of 1,000 rushing yards with a 135 yard and three touchdown effort leading the Hawks to a relatively easy 48-14 homecoming win on Friday over Northwest.
Rossview struck quickly and often in the first half, turning a 20-0 lead at the end of the first quarter into a comfortable 34-7 margin at the half.
The Hawks scored on their first two offensive possessions in the second half and played their backups from there.
Although the game was decided early, Hawks coach Ron Lambert didn’t think his team was as sharp or focused as they should have been.
“Honestly I thought we played sloppy in a lot of spots,” Lambert said. “I thought defensively we played decent. I wasn’t particularly happy with the overall execution of what we were doing.
“But it’s homecoming, the kids have the dance afterward and you’re dealing with teenagers, so I will take it anyway we can get it.”
Rossview, which was a combined 3-17 the past two seasons, won its third straight and now sits 4-2 and 2-2 inside District 10-AAA. The Hawks have scored 30 or more points in each of their wins.
“Winning three games in a row is something we haven’t done while I have been here,” Lambert said. “It feels good to sit here at 4-2 and have an opportunity to keep things moving in the right directions. That’s really what we work for. I’m happy for our kids and happy we got the win.”
Northwest fell to 0-6 and 0-3. It was the first time the Vikings had scored more than a touchdown in a game this season.
Along with Johnson’s ground production, Hawks quarterback Charles Talleyrand threw for 75 yards and a touchdown and ran for 58 yards and two touchdowns.
Talleyrand scored on runs of 32 and 16 yards, and tossed a 20-yard touchdown pass to Tre Lenor.
Rossview finished with 416 total offensive yards – 341 of those coming on the ground. Northwest, which ended three drives with fumbles, had 165 total offensive yards, 120 from its running game.
Northwest has been outscored 253-44 through six games.
The Hawks scored on their first drive with Johnson’s 3-yard run finishing off a nine play, 50-yard drive. He added a 15-yard touchdown run with 1:17 left in the second quarter to extend the Hawks’ lead to 34-7.
“It’s one of those things where Northwest is struggling and our kids know that, they watched the film,” Lambert said. “And I just don’t think we played our best game. Every time you touch the football you should try to score a touchdown, not just get what they give.”
Johnson’s final touchdown came on a 19-yard run on the Hawks’ opening drive of the third quarter. Justin Pierre’s 25-yard run with 54 seconds left in the third accounted for the final score.
Kaharee Banks and Kenneth McLaurin accounted for Northwest’s touchdowns. Banks caught a 20-yard touchdown pass and McLaurin scored on a 17-yard run.