Georgia prep football roundup: Dalton running game gets well in rout of Ridgeland

Staff photo by Troy Stolt / Dalton running back Maurice Howard scores a touchdown during Friday night's game at Ridgeland. Howard rushed for 230 yards and three touchdowns as the Catamounts won 52-7.

Dalton High School's offense is just fine it seems.

The Catamounts, after being held to 41 rushing yards in a lopsided loss to Calhoun one week earlier to open this football season, busted out the ol' run game Friday in a 52-7 whipping of host Ridgeland at Bowers & Painter Field. Maurice Howard rushed for 230 yards and three touchdowns on just 12 carries as Dalton put up 365 yards on the ground to even its record.

"We had so many mistakes last week, so step one for us tonight was to clean those mistakes up, and if we did that, we knew we would play better," said Dalton coach Matt Land, who began the season with five new offensive line starters. "We needed to see if we could establish the run, and at the end of the day I'm very, very pleased in how we played."