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 1999, 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.”
Following a punt on their opening drive, the Generals took advantage of a short punt that was returned to the Meadowcreek two-yard line by Antonio Meeks. Four plays later, Nas Stroud plunged in from a yard out for a 7-0 advantage.
Shiloh took advantage of more great field position after a short punt gave it possession on its own 43-yard line. The drive ended on a slant from quarterback Vince Goffney to receiver Joshua Lue, who ran past the defensive back and into the end zone for a 14-0 advantage.
Meadowcreek (1-3) gained some footing in the second quarter thanks to a 21- play, 84-yard drive that included two fourth-down conversions and concluded when quarterback Quincy Bonner found Joe Jenkins open in the end zone for a 5-yard touchdown pass, following a scramble to the right, to cut the Generals advantage to 14-7.
Both defenses stiffened and it looked like the Generals would take a seven-point lead into the half, but a short punt gave the Generals possession at the Mustang 41 with 11 second in the half. Following an incomplete pass on the first play of the drive, receiver Dakota Thomas caught a slant and raced past three Meadowcreek defenders before diving past the right pylon on for a score as time expired in the first half.
Special teams factored in again to start the second half as a botched snap resulted in a turnover, giving Shiloh possession at the Meadowcreek 14-yard line. Two plays later, Goffney found tight end Lorenzo Moore on a short pass and watched the sophomore break a leg tackle and walk into the end zone to give Shiloh a 28-7 lead.
“We get our personnel right," Ierulli said. "There are three phases of the game — offense, defense and special teams — and each phase has got to be perfect.”
Following another Meadowcreek punt, Darrell McDowell fielded the punt and returned it to the Meadowcreek 22-yard line before a personal foul pushed the ball to the Mustang 7-yard line. Two plays later, Robert Shumake got in a pile and forced his way into the end zone from three yards out to put Shiloh up 34-7.
Shiloh began seven possessions at its own 45-yard line or deeper, helping it put Meadowcreek away as the game wore on. The Generals had a balanced attack with Goffney passing for 96 yards and three scores on 7 of 19 attempts. 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.
For the Mustangs, its offense was led by Rock Gaither, who gained 97 rushing yards on 21 carries. They were unable to generate much offense outside of their two scoring drives. The Mustangs amassed 167 yards on the ground and 81 through the air.
SHILOH 42, MEADOWCREEK 14
Shiloh 14 7 7 14 - 42
Meadowcreek 0 7 0 7 - 14
Shiloh: Nas Stroud 1 run (Myles Lewis kick) 5:44
Shiloh: Joshua Lue 18 pass from Vince Goffney (Lewis kick) 3:54
Meadowcreek: Joe Jenkins 5 pass from Quincy Bonner (David Alvardo kick) 5:01
Shiloh: Dakota Thomas 41 pass from Goffney (Lewis kick) :00
Shiloh: Lorenzo Moore 14 pass from Goffney (Lewis kick) 5:15
Shiloh: Robert Shumake 4 run (PAT blocked) 11:25
Meadowcreek: Bonner 3 pass from Rock Gaither (Alvardo kick) 7:39
Shiloh: Arthur Rodgers Jr. 17 run (Goffney pass to Thomas) 7:04