SUWANEE — Big plays decided the 10-year-old title Saturday at Collins Hill as Duluth National North downed Grayson American North 27-6 for the Gwinnett Football League championship.
Duluth (12-0) opened the scoring at 5:34 of the first quarter when quarterback Makyree Cross connected with Josh Echols on a 42-yard touchdown. The extra point was good and the Wildcats held a 7-0 lead.
Duluth extended its advantage early in the second quarter when Brayden Tyson gathered in a pass and rumbled 57 yards for the score. The conversion was also successful, increasing the lead to 14-0.
It looked like the score would hold into halftime but Duluth's big play ability struck again as Cameron Jones swept around the right end at the Grayson 39, cutting all the way back across the field to the opposite sideline. Jones had enough juice to outrun the Rams secondary and into the end zone. The Wildcats headed into the locker room with a 21-0 lead.
The Duluth lead quickly became 27-0 as Tyson took a handoff in the first minute of the third quarter and went 48 yards, off right tackle for a touchdown. The conversion failed and the score stood at 27-0.
In the fourth quarter, a botched Duluth punt attempt from its own end zone, resulted in the Rams (11-1) gaining possession on the Wildcats’ 2-yard line. Grayson was able to avoid the shutout with 4:01 left in the game when Preston Glasco scored on the first Rams play after the change of possession.