Photo: Craig Cappy Grayson's David Fennell (2) pushes his way to the 1-yard line with the help of teammate Alex Griffin (89) during Friday's game against Central Gwinnett.
LOGANVILLE -- Grayson couldn't have asked for a more perfect first half.
In an easy 52-0 win over Central Gwinnett, the Rams rolled to a 42-0 lead at the break, scoring on their first five possessions, highlighted by a 61-yard touchdown pass from David McTier to Cory Schaeffer.
But it was the non-highlights that set the tone.
The Rams opened the game with an 80-yard drive in typical Grayson fashion. Five different players carried the ball and McTier completed his only pass on the drive that sucked off more than 6 minutes off the game clock. David Fennell finished off the drive with a 5-yard touchdown run.
"That's what we wanted to do," Grayson head coach Mickey Conn said. "Our kids played with a lot of energy and a lot of passion."
Then the defense got its turn.
Central went backward seven yards in three plays on its first drive, then backup quarterback Nate Hartford threw an interception on the next drive. Hartford was playing in place of senior and three-year starter Eman Westmoreland, who sprained his ankle a week ago. Hartford threw for 89 yards on 6 of 16 passing, but the running game went in reverse and the Black Knights ended the night with minus-53 yards rushing.
Grayson used less than a minute on each of its second and third scoring drive, starting from the Central 11 and 20. Wayne Gallman scored on a 3-yard run and Jordan Germany got his two-touchdown night started with a 7-yard rumble.
The Black Knights managed a bit of offense late in the first quarter with Hartford finding Justin Brownlee for a 34-yard connection as Central moved down to the Grayson 15 before the Rams and Central penalties stalled the best possession of the night.
The turnover on downs set up the 61-yard touchdown pass and as Grayson kept leaning on Central, the scoring plays turned larger. Germany caught a 36-yard pass from McTier and Aares McCall ended the first half scoring with a smooth 24-yard run around the end and down the sideline.
"We are trying to mix it up," Conn said. "I thought David (McTier) did a really good job of getting the personnel together, getting them out there and getting them lined up. We are throwing a lot of different formations out there, a lot of different players, a lot of different sets, trying to use their talents."
McTier threw for 197 yards and two touchdowns on 10 of 13 passing. He found Schaeffer five of those times for 93 yards, including the long pass down the middle.
"I just cut back and caught it and just went with it," Schaeffer said of the long pass.
Schaeffer, a senior, enjoyed getting balls thrown his way to take advantage of the Central defense after spending much of his career blocking.
"It's fun. It's fun to go out there and knock somebody," Schaeffer said. "I like how our offense goes and I like how we get out into space some time. It's not all about the run."
The running clock in the second half limited must action, but Grayson did add to its lead with a 43-yard field goal by senior kicker Alex Louthan.