DIKE - Terry Mooty was a one-man wrecking ball here Friday night, and he spent 48 minutes terrorizing South Hamilton on the football field.
Mooty - a 6-foot, 195-pound senior running back - churned out 227 yards rushing on 20 carries to spearhead No. 6-ranked (Class 1A) Dike-New Hartford's 34-0 blanking of South Hamilton in the opening week of District 3 play.
Mooty broke off five runs of more than 20 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns for the Wolverines (3-0, 1-0), who sent the Hawks (2-1, 0-1) tumbling from the list of the state's unbeatens.
"He's very deceiving. He's got a very low center of gravity and he just got a ton of big plays," South Hamilton head coach TJ Schaefer said of Mooty. "We took some gambles with some blitzes and they didn't work out."
Dike-New Hartford exploded for 444 yards of total offense and averaged more than 7 yards per play against a South Hamilton starting defense that had surrendered just two touchdowns prior to Friday.
The Wolverines led 24-0 at the half and were never seriously challenged.
"They are a good football team all the way around," Schaefer said of D-NH. "They played very disciplined football, and we've just got to take this one and learn from it."
South Hamilton was limited to just 117 yards of total offense and only 30 on the ground. Sam Waid was the leading carrier with 20 yards on three totes.
Quarterback Matt Hislop spent the evening piling up grass stains. He completed 5 of 16 passes for 86 yards, but he was picked off twice and thrown back for minus-20 yards rushing.
"It was tough to move the ball all night and I just didn't adjust my play calling like I should have," Schaefer said. "I need to have more consistency with my play calling, and when you make one or two mistakes they'll expose you."
Triston Twedt made two catches that covered 37 yards. Devin Howard had one grab for 33 yards, but the junior tailback found next to no running room throughout the game; he finished with just 15 ground yards on six carries.
Wolverines' quarterback Carson Parker completed 9 of 13 passes for 172 yards, including a 51-yard touchdown toss to Levi Lynch midway through the first quarter.
Mooty pushed the cushion to 21-0 with scoring runs of 3 and 57 yards, and kicker Bryon Fritch drilled the first of his two field goals, this one from 44 yards, with 3:30 remaining in the first half to give D-NH the 24-0 advantage.
Fritch was good from 22 in the third quarter, and Alex Young capped off the runaway with a 1-yard plunge across the goal line.
South Hamilton will be at home on Friday to take on Hudson (1-2, 0-1) at Taylor Field. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
"Hudson likes to throw the ball a little more than we've seen, so we'll have to be ready for that," Schaefer said. "We've got to learn that we're still a good football team. We need to find that winning attitude this week."