The North Oconee High School football team’s offense rolled against East Hall last Friday night.
The Titans beat up the Vikings 48-7 and got contributions all across the field. It was their quarterback, though, who led the way.
North Oconee senior quarterback Bubba Chandler had a dual-threat performance. Chandler went 8-for-11 through the air with 160 yards passing. He ran the ball for 75 yards rushing. Chandler had three total touchdowns to go with those yardage totals.
The Clemson commit gave credit to his teammates, particularly the offensive linemen, when asked what allowed him to have such an all-around strong performance.
“It was definitely the people around me,” Chandler said. “Our offensive line dominated, per usual. I think we had 300-plus rushing yards in the first half. That helps when you've got five guys in front of you who can give you a lot of time to make decisions in the pocket.”
Titans head coach Tyler Aurandt called Chandler “a very dynamic runner.” Chandler’s talent was an integral part of his performance, but Aurandt said a schematic shift helped as well.
The team ran many screen passes in the last few weeks before the game against East Hall, Aurandt said. The Titans ran a few fake screens last week, which drew the attention of most East Hall defenders and gave Chandler openings to run.
“Anytime you can pick up yards on the ground, whether it's through [Chandler’s] legs or our backs, usually you're going to have a pretty successful night offensively,” Aurandt said. “You limit your opportunities for bad throws or drops or whatever may happen in the passing game. You keep it on the ground without having to throw it around a lot, you're going to have a pretty good night.”
The fact the win over East Hall gave the Titans another Region 8-AAAA victory made it extra sweet, Chandler said.
“We played really loose and it showed on the field,” Chandler said. “I don't think they were ready for us to be that physical.”