Dacula claims three GFL championships

Dacula claimed three county championships and Brookwood took two this past Saturday in the Gwinnett Football League's county championships.

Dacula claimed titles in the 6- and 7-year-old division along with the 8-year-olds and 10-year-olds while Brookwood upset previously undefeated Mountain Park in the 9-year-olds and took home the final game of the day in the eighth-grade Division A championship.

6- and 7-year-old

Tre Verett and Reed Adair each had two touchdowns as Dacula from the National League East defeated Dacula of the American League North 25-0. Verett scored on a 58-yard run with 6:42 left in the first quarter to give East a 6-0 lead. Verett then scored on a 9-yard run with 1:07 left in the half to give his team a 12-0 lead. Adair scored with 2:19 left in the third on a 40-yard run and Bailey Skelly added a run for a 19-0 lead. Adair finished off the scoring with a 44-yard run to make the final 25-0. The team from the NL East finished a perfect 12-0.


Two undefeated teams collided but in the end it was Dacula taking a 40-12 victory over Grayson. Jordan Jones opened the scoring with a 5-yard run and Jalen Virgil added the extra point with 5:06 left in the first quarter. Grayson's Ernest Tiller scampered 59 yards with 4:13 remaining in the first but the extra point failed and Dacula led 7-6. Dylan Singleton ran it in from the 12 and Brandon Marsh added the extra point for a 14-6 lead with 3:01 left in the period. Singleton added a 10-yard run with 9:10 left in the second period and Virgil added the extra point for a comfortable 21-6 lead. Cameron Hankins increased the lead to 27-6 with a 40-yard run with 5:04 left. Grayson's Jordan Highlower got the Rams back in it with a 48-yard run with 2:59 left to cut the lead to 27-12. Connor Holman built the lead back with a 17-yard run with 6:51 left in the fourth period and Marsh had a 2-yard run with a minute to go to close out the scoring.


In a game that featured arguably the best running back in his age category, Brookwood stifled Mountain Park's Duke Shelley all afternoon and Patrick Sullivan scored with 4:39 to go in the first period for a 6-0 lead. After the touchdown Brookwood recovered the onside kick and Mountain Park didn't have the ball until 9:50 in the second period. After Ben Klotz recovered a fumble, Sullivan scored the final touchdown as time expired for the final points. Brookwood finished 11-1 to avenge an earlier loss to Mountain Park while the Panthers finished 11-1.


In probably the most exciting game of the day, Dacula edged Mill Creek in overtime 13-12. After a scoreless first period, Aaron Grove found Deante Harris for a 10-yard touchdown pass with 3:44 left in the half. But Myles Jack scored on a 30-yard run to tie the game 6-6 with 6:31 in the third. In overtime Ryan Coleman scored from 1-yard out and Harris found A.C. Collins for the extra point and a 13-6 lead. Mill Creek got a 1-yard run from David Curry but was stopped inches from the goal line on the extra point.

Eighth Grade Division B

Collins Hill shut out Mountain Park 22-0. Dakota Conn opened the scoring with a 13-yard touchdown run with 6:02 left in the first period. Taylor Heinicke hit Myka Hester for the two-point conversion and the Eagles led 8-0. Heinicke found Kyle Duran on a 16-yard touchdown as the half expired and Conn ran it in for a 16-0 lead at the half. Ken Cook closed out the scoring with a 1-yard run with 5:00 to go in the game for the 22-0 lead.


Mountain Park remained undefeated with a 14-6 victory over South Gwinnett. Chris Carson opened the scoring with a 4-yard run with 1:17 in the first period. Shaq Vereen added the point for a 7-0 lead. That was the halftime score. Carson added a 6-yard run with 6:28 in third period and Ali Groves hit Rob Youngblood for the extra point and a 14-0 lead. Joe Torres recovered a fumble in the end zone for South Gwinnett with 7:28 left in the game but the extra point failed for the final 14-6 score.


In the highest-scoring game of the evening, Buford got revenge for an earlier loss to North Gwinnett with a 38-20 shootout win. Fabian Taylor got Buford off and running with a 35-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown. Kentarious Bailey added the point after kick for an 8-0 lead. North bounced right back with an A.J. Clements to Chad Scott 14-yard touchdown pass with 2:18 in the first. Clements' kick tied it at 8. But Rick LeGrant ran it in from 36 yards out with 9:18 in the half and Bailey's kick made it 16-8. After a Preston Sweatman interception LeGrant ran 25 yards and Bailey's kick made it 24-8 with 7:01 left. Kelby Threckhold's interception thwarted another North drive before the half.

North got a touchdown in the third period as Collins hit Jordan Lovelace from 10 yards out with 7:03 left but the point was no good and North trailed 24-14. Cole Thornton had a 3-yard TD run and Bailey's kick made it 32-14 with 2:50 in the third. Clements kept on firing as he found Austin Golden from 5 yards out with 17 seconds left in the third, although the point after was no good and Buford led 32-20. LeGrant added a 33-yard TD run with 6:56 left for the final 38-20 score.

Eighth Grade Division A

Brookwood got a late touchdown from Matt Carroll to seal a 22-14 victory over Norcross. Zeke Brown scored from 3 yards out and a Brown run on a fake kick gave the Broncos an 8-0 lead. Kenny Huitt scored on a 2-yard run with 7:44 left in the second period but the extra point failed and Norcross trailed 8-6. Huitt gave the Blue Devils a 14-8 lead with 1:02 left in the half.

But Moore hit Matt Carroll on a halfback pass with 33 seconds left in the third and Ben McLane's kick gave Brookwood a 15-14 lead. Norcross was driving in the final minute of the game when Huitt's pitch on an option was intercepted by Carroll and run back 70 yards for a score. McLane's kick made the final score 22-14. Norcross finished 9-2 while Brookwood was the champion with an 9-3 record. The Broncos started the season 1-3.