Chamblee Uses Air Attack To Beat Lithonia; Remain Undefeated

The Chamblee Bulldogs would enter their region game against the Lithonia Bulldogs averaging over 200 yards rushing on the season, yet it was their passing game that would do the damage in a 34-0 win over the Bulldogs from Lithonia (1-7; 1-3).

Chamblee quarterback Jordan Branch tossed four touchdown passes hooking up with Desmond Norid on three of those and Quincy Watford on another one.

“Branch is an excellent player, he comes out every week and works, he’s a smart player and I love having a smart quarterback. He’s finally learning the system, it took him a minute to get it but now he’s able to check when I need him to check to get us in the right play and that’s how we play football”, Chamblee head coach Allen Johnson said on the play of his quarterback.

Chamblee’s leading rusher, Dezmin Reed added a late first half 10-yard touchdown run for the Bulldogs only touchdown via the run.

In addition Reed made several plays for the Chamblee defense that shutout their second opponent of the season. After a Jordan Branch interception was returned 65 yards by Franco Tucker of Lithonia to the Chamblee 5 yard-line, the defense shut down Lithonia’s best shot at scoring forcing a turnover on downs.

“[The defense] swarms to the ball and the type of defense we play we give them the opportunity to run around, fly around and get to the quarterback and that is what they did tonight”, Johnson stated.

Chamblee (9-0; 4-0) will now gear up for their showdown with rival Marist (7-1; 4-0). Marist leads the all-time series 5-21 and have not lost to Chamblee since 1982 winning the past 17 meetings between the two schools.

“Yes Sir were ready, been waiting on them since 2008 (the last competitive game between the two schools with Marist winning 14-13  for the War Eagles). I’m a Chamblee alum and we haven’t beaten them since ’82 so I have a big chip on my shoulder “, Johnson responded when asked if his team would be ready for Marist.

Scoring Summary:

Chamblee- Jordan Branch to Desmond Noird 13-yard TD pass 6-0 (PAT failed) 3:37 1st

Chamblee- Jordan Branch to Desmond Noird 15-yard TD pass 14-0 (Reed 2pt conversion) 8:59 2nd

Chamblee- Dezmin Reed 10-yard TD run (Reed 2pt conversion) 22-0 1:27 2nd

Chamblee- Jordan Branch to Desmond Noird 36-yard TD pass (PAT failed) 28-0 9:35 3rd

Chamblee- Jordan Branch to Quincy Watford 50-yard TD pass (PAT failed) 34-0 8:39 3rd

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Norcross Wins Region 7-6A, Camden County Cruises, ML King Wins As Does Lovejoy; All Remain Undefeated

The Norcross Blue Devils were looking to bring home their first outright region championship since 2006 when they went on the road again against a major opponent, this time to Peachtree Ridge.  It would not take the Blue Devils long to explode and jump back on the bus home with a 36-3 win to clinch the region title.

Norcross’ defense would yield 78 yards of offense to the Lions on their opening drive through 12 plays but on the 13th play Bryson Sellers would fumble and Kevin Mouton scooped it up and would have scored had he kept his feet, he didn’t and was down at the Norcross 29 yard line.

After that the fireworks began when Myles Autry broke free of two defenders and raced 67 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 Norcross lead. From there the tone was set and the game was never in question. Joseph Wilbur would find Trey Smith on a 31-yard touchdown pass to cap a 4-play 56-yard drive for a 13-0 lead after a failed extra point attempt with 37 seconds left in the opening quarter (a personal foul penalty factored into this drive).

Peachtree Ridge (3-5; 3-3) would show they would fight answering back with another long drive going 12 plays and 83 yards only to end it with a 21-yard field goal by Connor Rouleau to cut the Norcross lead to ten, 13-3 with 6:45 left in the first half. The Blue Devils added a Joseph 1-yard touchdown run late in the half for a 19-3 halftime lead.

In the second half Norcross’ stud running back Alvin Kamara would finally get into the scoring act albeit via the air. Kamara would catch touchdown passes of 22 and 27 yards to stretch the Blue Devils lead to 33-3 with 8:41 remaining in the game. Kamara, who did not score a rushing touchdown for only the second time this season after leaving the Parkview game with an ankle injury,  finished the night with 16 carries and 86 yards on the ground and 4 receptions for 76 yards and two touchdowns receiving.

Joseph Mahfood would tack on a 32-yard field goal with 2:35 left in the game for the final 36-3 margin . Myles Autry tallied 71 yards rushing on 4 carries while Wilbur was 12-17 248 yards 3TD passing for Norcross (9-0; 7-0).

Peachtree Ridge’s Jordan Ellis finished the night with 16 totes for 101 yards but never crossed the goal line.

Norcross now has a bye week before closing the regular season against the weakest region foe they’ll see this season in Meadowcreek (0-8; 0-6) on November 9th, after that, the first round its the Georgia 6A playoffs against the four-seed out of Region 6-6A.

North Gwinnett all but locked up the No.2 seed from region 7-6A with a 34-28 road win at Collins Hill.

The Camden County Wildcats improved to  8-0 overall and 6-0 in the region with a 42-8 win over region foe Brunswick (3-5; 0-4). Georgia commit Brice Ramsey threw for three touchdown hitting “Solid Sophomore” Antonio Wimbush on a 32-yarder in the second half on one of those, before the deep depth at Camden entered the ball game. J.J. Green (Georgia commit) scored on a 30-yard touchdown run, his 45th total TD as a Camden County Wildcat. Camden will now hit the road for a nationally televised game at region power Lowndes (9-0; 5-0) with a trip to Colquitt County (5-3; 2-2) to close the regular season.

ML King remained in sole possession of first place in Region 6-5A with a 49-28 win over region foe Stephenson (5-2; 5-2). ML King now leads the overall series against Stephenson 4-3 and prior to Friday’s outcome the last two games had been decided by a total of 3 points. ML King is now 8-0 overall 7-0 in the region. The Lions will suit up next week against Tucker (7-1; 6-1), who defeated Miller Grove (6-2; 5-2) 28-13, for a shot to stay in the driver’s seat in the region title race.

Lovejoy held a 37-6 lead at halftime against Region 2-6A foe Newton (3-5; 3-1). Georgia Tech commit Travis Custis scored multiple touchdowns in the 51-6 winning effort by the Lovejoy Wildcats (8-1; 5-0). The Wildcats are off this week before closing the regular season against Alcovy (3-5; 2-2) on November 9th. Lovejoy has outscored their opponents 333-40 during their current seven game winning streak since their loss at Colquitt County when they were held to a season low 7 points. During that span they have recorded three shutouts and have scored 50 or more points in four of those seven wins.

Eastside Downs North Marion In Overtime For District Title

North Marion entered their District 5-5A contest allowing only 33 points in their last eight district games including their three district wins this season by a combined score of 120-17. That all came to a halt as district foe Eastside left Stan Toole Memorial Stadium with a 42-41 overtime win.

Eastside quarterback Sir Jackson- a 2-Star recruit by some recruiting services, led the Rams all night through the air finishing with 4 touchdown passes. Keandre McCray caught two touchdowns with Seth Brown and Jamari Walker each catching a touchdown pass.

Trailing 34-28 late in the fourth quarter,North Marion quarterback Brody Hall (218 yards 4 TD passing) went back to his top receiver on the night, Georgia commit Reggie Wilkerson (123 yards receiving 3 TD)  for a 43-yard touchdown pass with 2:24 left and tie game at 34. Wilkerson was flagged for excessive celebration as he dove into the end zone unnecessarily. Eastside elected to enforce the 15-yard penalty on the extra point making  David Hatcher extra point attempt more like a field goal from the 35 yard line and the Rams cashed it in by blocking the attempt holding the score at 34 all.

North Marion would still have their chance in regulation as defensive lineman Aaron Pringle sacked Eastside quarterback Sir Jackson who would fumble and North Marion recovered with 30 seconds left in the fourth. North Marion, who were held without points three times in the red zone in the first half, would again be held without a touchdown or points for that matter as David Hatcher’s 33-yard field goal attempt was blocked by Sir Jackson sending the game into over time.

In overtime it didn’t take the Colts long to strike as Hall hit another Wilkerson, this time Marvin, on a 10-yard touchdown pass. After the extra point was true North Marion led 41-34.

Sir Jackson (206 yards 4TD passing) and his squad from the Eastside of Gainesville were unfazed as they took their overtime possession and scored on a 5-yard touchdown pass from Jackson to Walker to pull within one point at 41-40. Eastside decided enough was enough and went for the two-point conversion. Jackson found Walker again in the end zone for the conversion and the 42-41 win, a win that crowns them District 5-5A champs.

Eastside improves to 5-3 overall, 4-0 in the region with their lone remaining district game coming against win-less Sante Fe (0-7; 0-3). Sante Fe plays Belleview (2-5; 0-3) in district play tonight.

North Marion, who saw their consecutive streak of nine district champions end, now must fight to make the playoffs in a pivotal road game at Dunnellon to close the district schedule next Friday night.

“We have to win next week, plain and simple”, North Marion head coach Craig Damon said.

Sophomore James Allen continued to show his worth with 133 yards rushing on 28 carries with 2 touchdowns.

Scoring Summary: North Marion: James Allen 46-yd TD run 7-0 NM

Eastside: Sir Jackson to Seth Brown 24-yd TD pass (PAT failed) 7-6 NM

Eastside: Dantez Willis 3-yd run (2-pt.reception by Tracy Williams) 14-7 Eastside End 1st

North Marion: Brody Hall to Reggie Wilkerson 17-yd TD pass 14-14 Tied

Eastside (set up by blocked punt): Dantez Willis 1-yd TD 21-14 Eastside

North Marion: James Allen 3-yd TD run 21-21 NM Halftime

Eastside: Sir Jackson to Keandre McCray 15-yd TD pass 28-21 Eastside End 3rd 

North Marion: Brody Hall to Reggie Wilkerson 18-yd TD pass 28-28 Tied

Eastside: Sir Jackson to Keandre McCray TD pass 34-38 (PAT failed) Eastside

North Marion: Brody Hall to Reggie Wilkerson 43-yd TD pass (Unsportmanlike Penalty on NM, PAT failed) 34-34 Tied End of 4th

Overtime…

North Marion: Brody Hall to Marvin Wilkerson 10-yd TD pass 41-34 NM

Eastside: Sir Jackson to Walker 5-yd TD pass (Walker 2pt) 42-41 Eastside Final

Solid Sophomore: Antonio Wimbush of Camden County

Here at Total Sports Coverage we love our High School Football but we really love current Sophomore’s that are making noise or showing us glimpses of what the future will hold for them in the high school game and potentially further.

Running back Antonio Wimbush of Camden County (GA) put in major work over the summer to prepare for his sophomore season. Wimbush worked with Explosive Sports Training over the summer and attended camp at the University of Florida with plans to attend their camp again this summer in addition to working with Explosive Sports Training. He also plans on attending camps at Georgia and South Carolina and Wing-T camps with his Camden County team.

“Working with [Explosive Sports Training] over the summer and going to the camps just made me a better football player and helped me improve on my overall game. Brice [Ramsey] worked with them and has had success that helped get him to Georgia so I’m hoping that they can help me”, Wimbush said.

Brice Ramsey recently received his Under Armour All-American jersey and became the first ever Explosive Sports Training product to be named an Under Armour All-American.

Explosive Sports Training offers smaller trainer-to-athlete ratios and per their mission statement, “[EST] strives to develop the highest quality student-athlete and performance to create a competitive-edge that is second to none”.

For many outside of the Coastal Georgia and First Coast regions of Florida, their first introduction to Wimbush was the 2012 Corky Kell Classic to open the 2012 season in a 42-0 win by the Wildcats over Peachtree Ridge. In that game Wimbush carried the ball only 8 times for 33 yards rushing and did not score but showed flashes of things to come and how he’ll fit into the Camden Wing-T offense over the next few seasons. Through seven games in 2012 Wimbush has racked up 237 yards on the ground on 42 carries, 64 yards receiving, 117 yards on 5 punt returns, 54 yards on 2 kickoff returns and has 5 total touchdowns. Those may not be eye-popping numbers yet keep in mind Camden has had 22 different players carry the ball this season and he is the squads 3rd leading rusher behind senior J.J. Green (466 yards) and junior Kalvaraz Bessent (324 yards).

“I like the Wing-T because the running backs get the ball most of the time and I’m a running back”, Wimbush said. “I started out as the fullback and I’m playing there mostly this season but I’m a running back or wing back if you want to call it that by nature”, he added. He also noted that credit must be given to the offensive line “because without them we can’t make any of the plays we make, it takes a total team effort”.

Originally from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Antonio was introduced to the game of football around the age of 5 when his father loaded him up in the car and did not tell him where they were going. His dad took him to a park where football was being played and from there he developed the desire to play. Football is not his only athletic gift Antonio possesses as he also plays baseball holding down the outfield and bats from the right side of the plate.

“Antonio overall is a very gifted athlete. His intangibles, versatility, Football IQ and explosiveness are what make him so good”, said Calvin Wilson a trainer with Explosive Sports Training. “For him to be starting as a sophomore at a program such as Camden County speaks for itself”, Wilson added.

Camden County has won three Georgia State Championships at the highest class since 2003 under head coach Jeff Herron and has advanced past the first round of the state playoffs every season except his first at the school in 2000.

In fact Wimbush began fielding punts during the middle of his freshman season in 2011 beside “Mr. All Everything” J.J. Green. Green, who is committed to Georgia, has started every game since stepping foot on the Camden County High School campus and is currently second on the school’s All-Time scoring list with 264 points (44 touchdowns).

“J.J. pushes me to do what I need to do, shows me how to be a leader and teaching me what to do in certain situations”, Wimbush responded when asked about playing beside J.J. Green for the past season and a half.

With his future bright and being so young, Wimbush says he puts his faith in God to help him remain focused and grounded.

What about playing for a program like Camden County, what makes it so special?

“The fans. They are dedicated and they support you and it’s a great feeling to make a play and have them cheering for you”, Wimbush said.

The fun facts about Antonio Wimbush include Chicken Alfredo as his favorite food. Martin as his favorite television show and when he is not playing football or baseball he loves spending time with his younger siblings and wants to provide them with a positive role model. He also enjoys Math and wants to study something in the business field in college with the desire to be an entrepreneur. Family is very important to Antonio as he says without his mother’s positive influence he would not have the opportunities he has today. Although his father first introduced him to football, he isn’t around much now however he noted they do talk from time to time and that having his step-father there is also just as important.

Antonio Wimbush of the Camden County Wildcats is currently 5’7 171lbs and runs a 4.58 and will be giving team after team headaches for seasons to come.  A “Solid Sophomore”.

ML King Wins, Stephenson Loses, Undefeated ML King Atop Georgia’s Region 6-5A

ML King defeated Lakeside-Dekalb (1-6; 1-5) 51-0, posting their fourth shutout of the season and rebounding from their sluggish performance against woeful Dunwoody last week. The Lions improved to 7-0 overall and 6-1 in the region with the win and would later learn they were in the catbird seat in the region for the next six days at least.

ML King special teams dented the scoreboard first quarter when Demarquis Polite-Bray returned a punt for a touchdown and a 7-0 ML King lead through the first frame. Polite-Bray finished the night with two touchdowns.

From there it was all ML King as quarterback Montqavious Johnson passed for three touchdowns on the day hooking up with Donald Clark for 69 yards, Demarquis Polite-Bray for 51 yards and Romello Shoemate for 13 yards. Running backs Spencer Williams and Reynard White had touchdown runs for the Lions who had a commanding 42-0 lead through three quarters. The fourth quarter was played with a running clock and the Lion backups added another touchdown and a safety for the final margin.

“We were trying to make a statement , especially after last weeks game”, ML King head coach Rober Freeman said.

Up next for ML King is Stephenson (5-1; 5-1). Stephenson, who was coming off a 13-6 win over region foe and last seasons Georgia Class 4A state champion Tucker (the last Dekalb County, GA team to win a state championship in football), were taking on Miller Grove just a miles away at the same time. In a back and forth battle Miller Grove (6-1; 5-1) outlasted Stephenson 32-29 for their first ever win against the famed Dekalb County, GA powerhouse in their first ever meeting (they previously have been in different classifications). Miller Grove, Stephenson and Tucker (6-1; 5-1) are all in a three-way tie for second place in the region with Miller Grover and Tucker playing next week.

Other Region 6-5A Scores and notes from the weekend that was:

Arabia Mountain (2-5; 1-5) 39 North Atlanta (0-7; 0-6) 10 -Note Arabia Mountain began playing football in 2009 and ended a 5 game losing streak with this win. They have lost to Stephenson by 10, Tucker by 19, Miller Grove by 1, ML King by 18 and Mays by 15 this season.

Tucker 29 Southwest Dekalb (4-3; 0-3) 0- Note Southwest Dekalb’s three losses have came to ML King, Stephenson and Tucker by a combined score of 79-0.

Mays (4-3; 3-3) 38 Dunwoody (0-7; 0-6) 12- Mays has Lakeside-Dekalb, Stephenson and Tucker left this season.

Clarkston 22 Glascock County 14- Note Clarkston is playing a non-region schedule and earned their third win of the season. They lost to Arabian Mountain 41-0 this season and have not had three or more wins in a season since 2006.

Central Penn Piranha Win 2012 GDFL National Championship

Two first-year Gridiron Developmental Football League teams squared off for the 2012 GDFL National Championship game as the eighth-ranked South Buffalo Celtics lined up against the second-ranked Central Penn Piranha . The championship game was played at Trojan Stadium the home of the 2011 GDFL National Champion Chambersburg Cardinals in Chambersburg, PA.

Central Penn left no doubt that they were the better team on the field and in the league this season  soundly defeating the South Buffalo Celtics 49-14 in the third Gridiron Developmental Football League National Championship game. Darren Echolls and Zak Kedron scored two touchdowns each for the Piranha.

Central Penn finishes the season 16-0 while the South Buffalo Celtics complete their season 12-2.

Central Penn defeated the South Carolina Venom to win the Xtreme Conference an advance to the championship game. South Buffalo beat the Indianapolis Tornadoes to win the Impact Conference to earn their berth in the championship game.

Previous GDFL National Champions: 2010- Carolina Warriors 2011- Chambersburg Cardinals

In the 2012 GDFL All-Star game the Xtreme Conference defeated the Impact Conference 7-6.

For more information on the GDFL, the National Championship and All-Star games please visit gdfl.net

Southern Football League To Go Without 2012 Champion?

The Southern Football League is unlikely to crown a champion for the first time in almost 15 years. “The SFL” as it is commonly known was founded in 1980 and did not compete this season. As of right now we have not been informed if a 2012 Southern Football League Championship game will be held as there was not a 2012 Southern Football League regular season.

Commissioner Michael Frazier could not be reached for comment but when new information is available we will let you know.

Here are the most recent Southern Football League Champions… 2011- Georgia Xtreme, 2010- Georgia Jets, 2009- Forest Park Vikings

Check back for updates.

Camden County Keeps On Winning; Improve to 7-0

The Camden County Wildcats were suppose to be getting a stiffer challenge in the loaded Region 1-6A in Georgia but on Friday night they improved to 3-0 in the region and 7-0 overall with a 47-0 win over the Tift County Blue Devils.

Kalverez Bessent led the way on the ground for the Wildcats finishing with 114 yards and two touchdowns rushing while J.J. Green ran for 90 yards and one touchdown. Marcus Jordan, Chris Williams and Chris Baker also added touchdown runs for a Camden offense that racked up 450 yards rushing using 13 different backs.

Camden County is ranked in the Top 10 of several national polls

Brice Ramsey connected with tight end Connor Lockhart on a 24-yard touchdown pass in the contest and finished 8-15 118 yards and a touchdown. Ramsey has thrown 35 touchdown passes this season and continues to add to his record  for touchdown passes in a season by a Camden County quarterback. The previous record was 33 which Ramsey surpassed last week in a win over Coffee County.

The Wildcat defense recorded its third shutout of the season and are only allowing opponent 5.3 points per game and have not allowed more than 12 points in a game this season. Camden is averaging 46.1 points per game and have scored 35 or more points in every game this season and have scored multiple touchdowns via the defense and special teams. Through three Region 1-6A games (Valdosta, Coffee County, Tift County) the Wildcats are winning by an average of 35.6 points per game.

Up next for the Wildcats is a bye week before a home date with Brunswick (3-3; 0-2) before ending the regular season with back to back road games at Lowndes (7-0; 3-0) and Colquitt County (4-2; 1-1) respectively. Lowndes defeated Valdosta 17-14 on Friday while Colquitt County was off.  Tift County (2-5; 0-3) will host Valdosta (3-3; 0-2) next week.

Stephenson Downs Tucker 13-6 For Key Region Win

The top teams in Georgia’s Region 6-5A are filled with talent and long in history with successful programs in Stephenson, ML King, Tucker and Southwest Dekalb. Those four teams are projected to take all four playoff spots for that region, now the order of seeding is what makes the regular season meetings that much more important if you want to be  region champion, as if they didn’t need anymore motivation.

Stephenson and Tucker were meeting for the first time in history. They previously played in different classifications until Georgia expanded classes this year, putting the two programs in the same classification and region. They did play to a 7-7 tie last season in a preseason scrimmage so there was some familiarity between the two.

Stephenson held a 7-0 halftime lead after a Austin Tevin 5-yard touchdown run.

In the third quarter the Jaguars put together another successful touchdown drive by converting on two key third down plays. On the last play of the drive Justin Holman found  Taylor Henry for 15-yard touchdown pass and a 13-0 Stephenson lead after a failed two-point conversion.

Tucker- known for their explosive rushing attack, played without one of their deadly running backs in Yusef Minor, were held to less than 200 yards rushing and without a rushing touchdown for the first time this season. The Tigers lone score came on a 21-yard touchdown pass from Juwaan Williams to Dallas Rivers. River would fumble in Stephenson territory late in the fourth quarter sealing the Stephenson win

Stephenson (5-0; 5-0) remains in a tie for first place with ML King remaining undefeated. The Jaguars will take on Miller Grove (5-1; 3-1) next week before a date with ML King (5-0; 4-0) on October 26th.

Tucker (5-1; 4-1) will face Southwest Dekalb (3-2; 2-2) next week.

North Gwinnett Uses 30-point Quarter To Notch Fifth Win

Coach Bob Sphire firmly pointed out the talent that Mill Creek had and when asked how he felt going into last Friday’s game against Mill Creek he said “We are just trying to have enough players to compete” .

Compete the North Gwinnett Bulldogs did and they used all the help that Mill Creek provided them plus that “talent”. North Gwinnett used four takeaways in the game and scored off all four of them.

After a scoreless first quarter the scoring picked up in the second quarter as the teams combined for 44 points in the second quarter. North Gwinnett was the owner of 30 of those points but not without Mill Creek putting the ball on the turf three times in the quarter and twice inside the final four minutes of the quarter.

No. 95 Dante Sawyer sealed the W for North Gwinnett (GA)

The Bulldogs went on top with a field goal by Micheal D’Angola (2-2 on the day on FGAs) for a 3-0 lead. That lead would be quickly whipped out as Mill Creek’s Jacorey Lewis, who rushed for 232 yards and two touchdowns, raced 71-yards on the Hawk’s second play of the ensuing possession for a 7-3 lead. North Gwinnett came right back scoring on a 20-yard touchdown pass from Michael Haynes to Almonso Brown to re-take the lead 10-7.

Mill Creek, who has always shown a “never say die attitude” under Head Coach Shannon Jarvis, answered right back again when De’Vozea Felton raced and picked his way 52 yards for a touchdown and a 14-10 Mill Creek lead. That would be the Hawk’s last lead of the night.

North Gwinnett came back with an offense that has been labeled as needing a “playmaker”  much of the season despite averaging 32.4 points per game coming in.  Cam Lewis busted through several Mill Creek player en route to a 39-yard touchdown run that would give North Gwinnett the lead 17-14 with 1:42 remaining in the half.

For there things just got crazy as Mill Creek’s Felton fumbled on their next possession and North Gwinnett turned that into a touchdown on the next play when Haynes hit Scott in the left corner from 30 yards out and a 23-14 lead after a failed PAT attempt. On the ensuing kickoff Mill Creek would turn the ball over again on a fumble. North Gwinnett would line up again and cash in on the great field position closing it out with a Cam Lewis’ second touchdown run on the night for a 30-14 lead that they would take to the break.

In the third quarter Mill Creek began to show signs of not going away as Jacorey Lewis, no major offers, ripped off a 52-yard touchdown run followed by a Daniel David 15-yard touchdown run after a block punt gave the Hawks excellent field position at the North Gwinnett 31 and the fourth quarter began with North Gwinnett holding a 30-28 lead.

With the game still in the balance with a little less than seven minutes remaining in the fourth and Mill Creek, the biggest school in the state of Georgia with an enrollment up over 3,400, had a little piece of the momentum but were facing a third down and long on their own 16 -yard line. The Hawks went with a screen, problem was Junior defensive lineman Dante Sawyer, a converted running back who has offers from Ohio State and North Carolina, was not fooled as he batted the ball, caught it and raced ten yards for a North Gwinnett touchdown and a 40-28 Bulldog advantage and for all tense and purposes sealing the game.

Mill Creek showed fight driving to the North Gwinnett 11-yard line with less than four minutes remaining but North Gwinnett forced them to turn the ball over on downs ending any thoughts of a victory. North Gwinnett would stick the knife in a little deeper when Haynes hit Nate Brown for a 36-yard touchdown pass with less than thirty seconds remaining for the final margin 19-point margin of 47-28.

North Gwinnett’s Cam Lewis finished with 119 yards rushing and two touchdowns and quarterback Michael Haynes had 95 yards rushing while adding three touchdowns via the air.

North Gwinnett (5-1; 3-1)  will face Habersham Central, who is new to Region 7-6A after Georgia’s reclassification this year, the lone non-Gwinnett County team in said region. Habersham Central (1-6; 1-4)  bested lowly Meadowcreek (0-6: 0-4) 31-12 to earn their first ever Region 7-6A victory and first victory of the season. Mill Creek (4-3; 3-2) will travel to Duluth (2-4; 1-3), who was off this Friday, next week.

Gwinnett County (located in Georgia in the Metro Atlanta area) is home to the last two state champions at the highest level with Brookwood winning the crown in 2010 and Grayson in 2011.