DACULA - Prior to its game against Dacula, Rockdale County put a hole through a banner on its way to the field. Holes were hard to find after that.
Sparked by a stingy defense and the play of running back Cisco Barry, the Falcons stomped Rockdale 42-6 Friday night in Dacula.
With both teams entering the game with 0-2 records, Dacula seized the moment and struck first in the opening quarter with a 30-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Taylor Smith to Cody Davis to give the Falcons a 6-0 lead.
The Dacula (1-2) defense suffocated the Bulldogs (0-3) attack, limiting them to 64 total yards in the first half, drawing cheers from the crowd and accolades from head coach Kevin Maloof
"I thought they played great all night long," Maloof said. "We basically shut them out, the key was not allowing them to get any big plays."
Barry, who gained 140 yards on 12 carries, preceded to make all the big plays against Rockdale.
With his team up by six, Barry found a hole and ran it in from 10 yards out to help give his team a 14-0 lead after a two-point conversion.
Just before the half, Rockdale got its one shining moment when Smith was intercepted by Javon Lucas, who ran it back 80 yards to cut the deficit to eight.
Entering the half up by eight, Dacula put the ball in Barry's hands and watched him work.
Barry found daylight in the third quarter and scored from 34 yards out to extend the lead to 15.
Barry struck again in the fourth on an impressive 53-yard dash that left the defense flatfooted as he ducked and dodged defenders on the way to his third and final TD.
The Falcons compiled 263 rushing yards on the day and as running back Zack Scruggs chipped in 73 yards on the ground and tailback Malcolm Young scored on a five-yard run late in the game.
Dacula: Cody Davis 30 pass from Taylor Smith (kick failed), 2:29
Dacula: Cisco Barry 10 run (Zack Scruggs run on two-point conversion) 1:56
Rockdale: Javon Lucas 80 interception return (kick failed) :27
Dacula: Barry 34 run (Javier Perezreynoso kick) 10:19
Dacula: Ryan Meyer 5 pass from Smith (Perezreynoso kick) :55
Dacula: Barry 53 run (Perezreynoso kick) 10:19
Dacula: Young 5 run (Perezreynoso kick) 2:16