The North Georgia Gladiators and Georgia Panthers entered their highly anticipated meeting with playoff seeding on the line in the NDFL. The Gladiators entered the game at 6-1 and the Panthers entered at 7-1.
It was all North Georgia Gladiators early thanks to quarterback Joey Vicary. Vicary scored on touchdown runs of 60 and 2 yards on the Gladiators first two possessions to give them a 14-0 lead after one period of play. The Gladiators would add another score on a T.J. Hamilton 2-yard touchdown run opening their lead out to 21-0.
The Panthers would finally get something going when Shane McCleskly hit Trey Wolfe on a 15-yard touchdown pass to make the score 21-7. They would keep the momentum going with a defensive stand forcing a punt and Tamir Chester returned a botched punt 35 yards to the house and the Panthers trailed 21-14. North Georgia would add another touchdown when Joey Vicary hit Mo Issak from 40 yards out and the Gladiators took a 28-14 lead into halftime.
After a scoreless third quarter the Gladiators would continue to pile it on in the fourth quarter adding a pair of field goals and another touchdown opening up a 41-14 lead. The Panthers added another touchdown late for window dressing making the final margin 41-20. The Gladiators extend their winning streak to five in a row and improve to 8-1 on the season and are slated to travel to the Chattanooga Outlaws next week. Chattanooga is 4-4 on the year and were off this week according to the league website.