The Tennessee Crush (6-0) set the tone early against the North Georgia Gladiators (4-2) scoring touchdowns on their first three drives racking up 145 yards of offense in only eleven plays jumping out to 22-0 lead after the first quarter. From there the Crush would hold the Gladiators at bay most of the way as missed opportunities would doom the Gladiators in the second quarter. The Gladiators came away scoreless twice on goal-to-go opportunities on back to back possessions, once after recovering a muffed punt-which led to a safety, and again on the possession after the safety.
North Georgia would put a drive together going 5 plays and 69 yards scoring on a 30-yard touchdown pass from Joey Vicary to Chris Young with 56 seconds left before the half to pull within 22-9. Tennessee would not sit on the ball coming right back and scoring on a 34-yard touchdown pass capping a 3-play 60-yard drive taking a 28-9 lead to the locker room at halftime.
The beginning of the third quarter began with multiple turnovers by both teams. Mo Issak ripped off a 73-yard run to give North Georgia another first-and-goal, two plays later Issak was intercepted yet the Crush fumbled on the return with the Gladiators recovering on the Crush 27. North Georgia would score two plays later on a 25-yard touchdown run by Issak to pull closer at 28-15 after a missed extra point.
North Georgia would not get closer as the Crush returned a punt 70 yards for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter and added a Langston Muse 6-yard rushing touchdown later to cap a 55-yard drive for the final 44-15 margin.
“They are better than us right now, I don’t think they are 44-15 better than us but they are better than us and we have to find a way to get better. It definitely can’t define our season but we’ve gotta remember the mistakes we made and get better”, North Georgia head coach Nate Stephens said.
Tennessee remains unbeaten in 2013 finishing with 298 yards of total offense with quarterback Zac Fairchild tossing four touchdowns. North Georgia struggled their way to 185 yards of total offense with Mo Issak rushing for 90 yards and a touchdown.
North Georgia will play the following two weeks in Raider Valley at North Forsyth High School in Cumming, Ga.