NORCROSS — Over the previous two seasons, Shiloh’s football team has managed a grand total of three wins.
On Friday night, the Generals notched their fourth win of the young 2019 season with a 42-14 victory over host Meadowcreek. They are 4-0 for the first time since 1991, and they are just two victories away from their first winning season since 2003.
“The boys locked in and worked hard,” first-year Shiloh head coach Tino Ierulli said. “I couldn’t be more proud of how they came together as a team.”
The Generals had a balanced attack with Vince Goffney passing for 96 yards and three scores on 7 of 19 attempts, while Arthur Rodgers Jr. led the ground attack with 114 rushing yards on 14 carries and one score as Shiloh gained 164 yards on the ground as a team.
Meadowcreek (1-3) was led by Rock Gaither, who gained 97 rushing yards on 21 carries. The Mustangs amassed 167 yards on the ground and 81 through the air as a team.
Dacula 49, Central Gwinnett 28
LAWRENCEVILLE — Trenton Jones and the Dacula rushing attack had their way Friday night.
Jones rushed for 243 yards and three touchdowns, part of a 469-yard day on the ground for the Class AAAAAA No. 2 state-ranked Falcons, who remained unbeaten with a 49-28 victory over host Central Gwinnett.
Central, which is 0-4 for the first time since 2009, had pulled even at 28-28 with just over seven minutes to play in the third quarter on a 17-yard touchdown catch by Tyan Milton, who finished with 136 receiving yards and three of the Black Knights’ four TDs, while Skylar Adams threw for 376 yards.
But it was all Dacula for the remainder of the game.
The Falcons, who are 4-0 for the first time since the 2014 team won its first eight games, averaged nearly 9 yards per carry and threw the ball just seven times.
Buford 42, Newton 14
BUFORD — A failed fourth-down attempt from the Buford 2-yard line with 48 seconds remaining in the first half is a play Newton would like to have back.
With a chance to tie the game heading into halftime, a Neal Howard pass fell incomplete to Jerrol Hines in what would be the Rams’ last opportunity to keep the game close.
The Class AAAAA top-ranked Wolves answered back with a quick touchdown to open a 14-point lead seconds into the third quarter, a swing of momentum that allowed the hosts to cruise to a 42-14 victory at home, handing Newton its first loss of the 2019 season.
The Wolves remain unbeaten with the win and improve to 4-0 on the season.
Jarvis Evans Jr. finished his night an efficient 7 of 11 passing for 138 yards and three touchdowns for Buford, while Elijah Turner finished with 123 yards rushing and two scores on 13 carries.
Parkview 20, Tift County 7
LILBURN — For the first half, Tift County had Parkview running back Cody Brown’s number. So much so that the Blue Devils held the four-star and No. 2-ranked running back in the country to three yards on nine carries.
But those three yards resulted in a touchdown run late in the second quarter. Brown used that to propel himself to another 142 yards on the ground in the second half, including a 92-yard score, giving the Panthers a 20-7 homecoming win Friday night at the Big Orange Jungle.
Brown finished the game with 145 yards on 16 carries and two touchdowns on the ground and four catches for 46 yards through the air, while Jordan Williams was 13 of 19 for 166 yards through the air. Elijah James also finished with three catches for 72 yards, and Nolan McCord booted field goals of 34 and 50 yards for the seventh-ranked Panthers (2-1).
Lanier 23, Clarke Central 20
SUGAR HILL — It was far from a pretty night offensively. Costly flags were rampant. But seventh-ranked (Class AAAAAA) Lanier still found a way to win.
The Longhorns’ defense scored a first-half touchdown, stopped two third-quarter drives inside the 5-yard line and set up the game-winning score with a fourth-quarter turnover Friday night for a 23-20 victory over visiting Clarke Central.
The defense, which allowed only 26 points in its first three games, played a pivotal role in the victory from the start. Heavily recruited linebacker Phillip Webb jumped and intercepted a first-quarter screen pass, returning it 19 yards for a touchdown and an early 7-7 tie.
Taj Barnes finished with 78 yards rushing for the Longhorns (4-0), while Cole Thornton had two catches for 63 yards and a touchdown, and Perkins had two catches for 55 yards and a TD. Andrew Blackford was 5 of 19 passing for 129 yards.
GAC 38, Thomson 19
NORCROSS — Class AAA No. 5 state-ranked Greater Atlanta Christian scored 28 unanswered points over the game’s final 13 minutes and 22 seconds to thunder past Thomson 38-19 on Friday.
Tyler Bride ripped off touchdown runs of 76 and 64 yards on either side of the fourth-quarter break to spark the Spartans. Both times, the senior hit the middle gap at full speed and left the Bulldogs in his rear-view mirror.
Junior defensive lineman Wil Calhoun provided the backbreaking play. Calhoun chased down dynamic Thomson quarterback Taymarion Martin and stripped the ball. Abdul Barrie fell on the loose ball and GAC (3-1) capitalized on the short field.
Bride finished with 184 yards on 12 carries for the Spartans, while Jackson Hardy threw for more than 200 yards.
North Gwinnett 35, Walton 0
SUWANEE — North Gwinnett’s football team ended its two-year losing streak to Walton in impressive fashion Friday night.
The Bulldogs’ defense dominated throughout, and Devin Crosby led a big night on the ground in a 35-0 victory over the visiting Raiders. Walton (2-2) had defeated North (3-1) by a field goal each of the previous two seasons.
This one wasn’t nearly that close, even with North facing a short week. The eight-ranked Bulldogs defeated Norcross 51-21 on Monday in a game that was delayed from the previous Friday by bad weather.
North scored twice in the first quarter on touchdown runs from Barrett Carter and Devin Crosby for a quick 14-0 lead. Crosby’s 64-yard TD run highlighted a game when he rushed 15 times for 166 yards and two scores. The running back also caught three passes for 30 yards.
Quarterback J.R. Martin rushed for 65 yards, but his passing put the game out of reach in the third quarter. He hit Josh Downs for TDs of 18 and 11 yards for a 35-0 edge. Martin was 11 of 15 passing for 108 yards and the two TDs to Downs, who had eight catches for 78 yards.
Berkmar 40, Clarkston 6
LILBURN — The Berkmar football team defeated the Clarkston Angoras 40-6 in its Friday night non-region homecoming game.
The Patriots, who moved to 3-0 for the first time since 2013, were led by a two-quarterback system in Jermahri Hill and Jacari Dozier. Hill threw for 91 yards and TD. Dozier threw for 45 yards and a TD as well.
Leading receiver A.J. Feliciano had 83 yards and two TDs. One of his catches was a miraculous one-handed grab before halftime.
Grayson 35, Westlake 21
LOGANVILLE — Grayson’s football team, led by its running game, overcame a slow start Friday night to beat the Westlake Lions 35-21.
Class AAAAAAA’s new No. 1 team trailed 14-7 at halftime, but the Rams (4-0) reeled over 21 third-quarter points to seize control.
Lafayette Gurvin finished with 200 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns and 45 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown as well.
In the second half alone, Grayson had 192 rushing yards on the ground, a drastic change from the first half when the Rams managed just 30 rushing yards.
Archer 31, Norcross 0
LAWRENCEVILLE — Normal service has been resumed for the 10th-ranked Archer Tigers.
After a turbulent start to the season, filled with weather delays and a 10-7 loss to Mill Creek that never made it to halftime, Archer returned home and defeated the Norcross Blue Devils 31-0 with four different players scoring touchdowns.
Archer’s defense stifled the Blue Devils all night, leaving the visitors without so much as even a red zone trip.
The Tigers (3-1) completely imposed their will at the line of scrimmage, rushing for 190 yards on 36 carries against an exhausted Norcross (0-4) defense. Jordon Swain led the way with 68 yards, followed by 53 from Carter Peevy, 43 from Renoldo Spivey Jr., and 26 from Schmari Campbell.
Wesleyan 51, Our Lady of Mercy 7
PEACHTREE CORNERS — After an encouraging non-region schedule highlighted by two marquee wins, Wesleyan carried its confidence into Region 5-A.
J.C. French threw for five touchdown passes, all to different receivers, and Class A’s fourth-ranked Wolves opened region play by overwhelming Our Lady of Mercy 51-7 on homecoming Friday at Henderson Stadium.
Wesleyan (4-0) jumped out to a 44-0 lead at halftime and enjoyed a smooth ride to its first tally in the region win column. It’s the Wolves’ largest margin of victory of the year after a tough non-region slate that included a wins against Class AAAAAAA’s Meadowcreek and Class A’s sixth-ranked Prince Avenue Christian two weeks ago.
French commanded a Wesleyan offense that simply outmatched OLM (0-4, 0-1 Region 5-A) in virtually every aspect. He was 11 of 14 for 163 yards and threw TD passes in the first half to Micah Smith, Cooper Blauser, Vance Nicklaus, Andrew Van Wie and Hunter Haran.
Wyatt Hodges also rushed for a 30-yard score.
Crisp Co. 24, South Gwinnett 21
CORDELE — South Gwinnett simply ran out of time in its football game at Crisp County on Friday night.
The Comets came up a single yard short of the game-winning score when a penalty exhausted the final seconds in their 24-21 loss.
After Connor Richmond gave the host Cougars (3-2) the lead on a field goal with 2:33 remaining, South (2-2) quickly drove the field, and got down to the 1-yard line after 5-yard completion from Tre Truitt to Deshaun Robinson.
Truitt tried to stop the clock by spiking the ball, and appeared to do so with 1.3 seconds remaining to give the Comets one last chance at the game-winning score.
But South was flagged on the play, and since the clock stopped on the penalty and with the team’s time outs exhausted, an automatic 10-second runoff was assessed, which ended the game and gave Class AAA Crisp its second straight win over a Class AAAAAAA opponent after beating Tift County 27-14 last week.
Robinson caught one of two touchdown passes from Truitt on the night, with Corey Johnston grabbing the other, while Remari Hudson also ran for a score for the Comets.
McEachern 30, Collins Hill 14
SUWANEE — Mistakes in football are measured by more than just turnovers, a lesson Collins Hill learned the hard way in their game against McEachern on Friday night.
The Eagles didn’t turn the ball over at all, but penalties and other miscues were far too plentiful for coach Lenny Gregory’s taste, and the No. 2 state-ranked Indians cashed in almost all of them in rolling to a big lead and coming away with a 30-14 win at Fahring Field.
The visiting Indians (4-0) only came away with a 31-yard advantage in total offense on the evening, but 84 of those yards came on three touchdown passes — two by Carlos Delrio-Wilson and another by Johmanuel Arnold — while, Jordan Simmons ran for 73 yards and a TD on 12 carries.
Meanwhile, the Eagles (2-2) were held to just 11 first downs, four of which came in the final 4:23 after the issue had been mostly decided.
Collins Hill scored twice in the final four and a half minutes, led by 211 yards on 18-of-28 passing from Sam Horn, including 11 completions to Jalen Johnson for 58 yards and five more hookups with Travis Hunter for 115 yards, plus a defensive effort that held McEachern to just 49 total yards in the second half.
West Forsyth 27, Peachtree Ridge 10
CUMMING — The West Forsyth duo of Blake Whitield and Casey Cowart paced the Wolverines’ offense on Friday night, as Whitfield went 15 for 27 for 202 yards and Cowart hauled in eight passes for 167 yards and two scores in a 27-10 win over Peachtree Ridge.
Trailing 14-0 at halftime, Peachtree Ridge (1-3) made adjustments heading out of the locker room. On their second possession, the Lions marched down the field on an 11-play, 71-yard drive that ended with a field goal.
They recovered an onside kick on the ensuing kickoff. Two plays later, quarterback Nick Best found Ashton Turner on a screen pass. Turner did the rest to score from 44 yards out to pull Peachtree Ridge to within 14-10 with 3:11 left in the third quarter, only to see West Forsyth answer in the fourth quarter.
Commerce 46, Providence Christian 9
LILBURN — Banged-up Providence Christian fought hard, but fell 46-9 to No. 6 (Class A (Private)) Commerce on Friday.
The Storm (1-3) trailed 39-3 at halftime. Commerce (3-1) allowed only a Skylar Jordan field goal in the first half.
Zach Douglas had eight catches for 89 yards for Providence, including a 30-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Rose.