Wheeler’s second-quarter touchdown in a lopsided loss last Friday wasn’t super noteworthy, until it was put into context with what happened earlier in the football season.
Those points in a 39-8 defeat are the only ones allowed in three games by the Shiloh defense. The Generals had shut out Duluth (42-0) and Discovery (46-0) the first two weeks of the season.
While the offense has put up big numbers, too, the defense has played just as big of a role in the team’s first 3-0 start since 2012. The Generals lost their next seven games that season, but this year’s team is ready to build on its early success when it faces Meadowcreek on Sept. 20 after this week’s bye.
“We have a defensive philosophy of 11:30,” first-year Shiloh head coach Tino Ierulli said. “Put 11 helmets to the ball, 3 and out and 0 points allowed.”
Despite allowing its first points, the defense was exceptional again. It forced four turnovers and allowed only 189 yards to Wheeler.
Isaac Dowling continues to be a star, posting 16 tackles (13 solos, five for losses), two sacks, two forced fumbles and a quarterback hurry last Friday. Jasheen Davis was just as problematic for the Wheeler offense with 11 tackles (seven for losses), three sacks, four quarterback hurries and a blocked pass he return for a touchdown.
Isaiah McKeever recovered two fumbles, returning one for a score, and Deonte McNair had 10 tackles (two for losses) and a fumble recovery.
Through three games last season, Shiloh’s defense had allowed 69 points. It surrendered 30.2 points per game in 2018, ranking third from the bottom in Gwinnett County.
Region 8 still on a roll
All six Region 8-AAAAAAA teams entered last Friday without a loss, and finished the same way.
They are a combined 14-0 in non-region play this season, not surprising for teams like Archer and Grayson, who have shared the region’s championships in recent years. But other region schools have improved greatly, including 3-0 records for both Shiloh and Rockdale, and a 2-0 mark from South Gwinnett.
Tough loss for Georgia Force
The Georgia Force home-school team, based in Gwinnett, lost 40-9 last Friday to Murphy (N.C.).
The Force’s lone touchdown came on a 90-yard kickoff return touchdown by Stacey Walker Jr. Christian Rivera added a field goal.
Kyle Moseley completed 13 of 24 passes for 117 yards, and Seth McClure rushed eight times for 82 yards. Will Pritchett was the top receiver with three catches for 35 yards.
The defense was led by Jacob Cieply (14 tackles), J.B. Fleitz (10 tackles), Alex Jackson (nine tackles) and Josh Patterson (interception).