Southmont was the squad making the long road trip, but the Mounties looked right at home against winless Taylor on Friday night in the opening round of Class 2A Sectional 35 play.
The Mounties rolled to a 56-12 win in their highest-scoring game since 1997.
The Mounties scored on their first six possessions and led 21-0 at the end of the first quarter and 42-6 at halftime
“I was very pleased with the start,” Southmont coach Desson Hannum said. “We had kind of taken the perspective that if we’re going to be on a long road trip like this, we’re going to treat it like a business trip. We didn’t want to worry about anything other than what’s going on right here in this game. We wanted to focus on winning and doing the things necessary to win.
“It was nice to see the kids coming out with great energy, great enthusiasm. You could just tell they were ready to play as soon as the game started,” Hannum added.
The Titans, meanwhile, offered little resistance.
“We just didn’t match their physicality,” Taylor coach Eric Davis said.
Southmont improved to 4-6, snapping a four-game losing streak during which it scored just 46 points. The Mounties lost their starting QB to a season-ending injury during that stretch. They played several sophomores in key roles in Friday’s game.
Southmont moved the ball at will in the first half against Taylor, rushing for 276 yards on 25 attempts and gaining another 40 yards on 2-of-2 passing. Nathaniel Farabree had a pair of rushing touchdowns, Chance Brown and Zach Worm ran for a score each and QB Jarrett Todd had TD passes to Farabee and Brown.
The Titans, meanwhile, had just 120 yards in the first half. Southmont’s Hunter Isenberg ended a pair of Taylor drives with interceptions.