Grayson wins battle of No. 1's

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LOGANVILLE -- Grayson helped its chances for a high school football national championship later this season.

The Rams, who are ranked No. 1 in the nation by ESPN, defeated Miami Central, the No. 1 team according to USA Today.

Grayson's Robert Nkemdiche rushed for two touchdowns as the Rams beat Central 35-3.

"Wow," Grayson head coach Mickey Conn said. "I'm really proud of our kids and coaches. I thought our game plan was great."

Central was held to just 66 yards of total offense and three first downs. Florida State commitment Joseph Yearby had 48 yards rushing, including the Rockets' biggest play on a 34-yard run. Central also turned the ball over twice.

"Last week we gave up 165 yards rushing and we knew we couldn't let that happen again," Grayson's David Kamara said.

Grayson features the nation's No. 1 college prospect in defensive end/running back Nkemdiche, who is committed to Clemson.

Nkemdiche rushed for only 12 yards, but had two short-yardage touchdowns. The 6-foot-5, 280-pounder had two tackles on defense.

"He's a heck of a player," Miami Central coach Telly Lockette said. "He's a kid you have to keep six eyes on at one time. He's got that much respect."

The Rams rushed for 236 yards out of their wing-T offense. Grayson had seven different players carry the ball, led by Jordan Germany's 82 yards.

"That's a good football team over there," Lockette said.

After Central's Marquis Hodge recovered a Grayson fumble on the game's first possession, the Rams came back to take the lead. David McTier threw a 39-yard pass to Wayne Gallman to set up Nkemdiche's three-yard TD run midway through the first quarter. McTier was 4 of 7 for 120 yards.

"Offensively, what can I say about David McTier?," Conn said. "They brought 11 guys up in the box and gave us a lot of passes. David was able to hit a lot of passes right on the money."

Central went three-and-out, fumbled, and had three straight plays go for negative yards on its third possession. The Rockets didn't get a first down until 8:28 in the second quarter.

Grayson took advantage of the field position when McTier threw a 46-yard TD pass to Gallman for a 14-0 to start the second quarter.

Central finally got on the scoreboard when Emilio Nadelmen kicked a 51-yard field goal with 4:57 left in the half to make it 14-3.

"It was a good kick," Gallman said. "There was nothing you could do to stop it."

Central played Brandon Diaz and Keith Reed at quarterback and neither one had much success, combining to go 3 of 12 for four yards.

Grayson went on a 15-play, 76-yard drive to end the half. Aares McCall had a 28-yard run on third down and a pass interference call on another third to keep the drive alive.

Nkemdiche scored his second touchdown on three-yard run with 14 seconds left in the half to give the Rams a 21-3 lead.

Grayson began the third quarter with Germany taking a handoff around the left side and scoring a 66-yard touchdown for the 28-3 lead.

"I thought Wayne and Germany ran the ball and caught the ball well," Conn said.

Gallman recovered a Central fumble along the sideline at the 24-yard line. David Fennell, who rushed for 59 yards, scored on a four-yard run for the 35-3 lead with 1:40 left in the game.

"It was two No. 1 teams going at it," Kamara said. "We did what we had to do."