HOSCHTON - North Gwinnett's Marquese Quiles wasn't satisfied with just one outstanding game - he wanted another one.
And the senior delivered Friday night against Mill Creek.
One week after blocking two punts and a field goal, Quiles intercepted two passes and blocked another punt, returning it for a touchdown, to lead the sixth-ranked Bulldogs to a 35-2 win over the Hawks in the Region 7-AAAAA opener for both teams.
"After last week's game, I wanted to come out and have another good game," said Quiles, who also had six tackles. "I practiced really hard this week and my teammates pushed me. I felt like could make an impact."
Quiles made the first of his two picks on Mill Creek's first drive. After a Eloka Anyaorah sack, Quiles intercepted Zach Landis - who was 7 of 19 for 14 yards and three interceptions -at the 46. Then late in third quarter picked off another Landis pass. Both picks set up Michael Tamburo touchdown scores.
"He's a prime-time player," North Gwinnet coach Bob Sphire said. "He had a great off season, we worked out some distractions and he made himself what he is today."
After Quiles' first interception, the Bulldogs were unable to get anything going offensively, but when the Hawks Chris Avery mishandled a punt, Ayo Ojoloa recovered and North Gwinnett (3-0, 1-0 region) had the ball at the Mill Creek 24-yard line.
Two plays later, Tamburo hit Tyler Jarry for a 23-yard touchdown pass for the first score of the game.
Tamburo finished 10 of 16 for 110 yards with three passing TDs and 1-yard touchdown run. Jarry was the leading receiver with four catches for 33 yards.
The Bulldogs' defense made another stop on Mill Creek's next possession and Quiles blocked Ben Evans' punt and recovered it in the end zone for the score. Kyle Micek's PAT made it 14-0.
"He's a good player and he made plays for North," Mill Creek coach Shannon Jarvis said. "But we've got to do a better job protecting the ball."
North recovered an onside kick on the kickoff, but were unable to do anything with the ball at midfield. Chase Beasley's pass break up on fourth down stalled the drive.
North got the ball back inside its own 20 later in the first quarter, but miscommunication between Tamburo and the center resulted in an early snap and the quarterback fell on the ball in the end zone for a safety.
"I hate we didn't get the shutout for the defense, but I guess that falls on the offense," Sphire said.
The Bulldogs were unable to get in the end zone again until the end of the half. Tamburo broke off a 30-yard run and two plays later hit Cordero Dixon for a 29-yard touchdown pass to make it a 21-2 game at the half.
"I think we really played sloppy in the first half," Sphire said. "We really missed some opportunities to put the game away."
Quiles' second pick came late in third quarter to set up Tamburo's 30-yard pass to Kevin Starks to put the Bulldogs up 28-2.
A bad snap by Mill Creek (1-2, 0-1) on fourth down of its next possession resulted in Evans kicking the ball toward the end zone at the 3-yard line and again one more time in the end zone. The ball was ruled dead at the 3 and Tamburo ran one yard for his fourth score of the game.
"We didn't play well, we've got to play better," Jarvis said. "To North's credit they executed and they've got a good football team, but we didn't do what we needed to."
NORTH GWINNETT 35
MILL CREEK 2
North Gwinnett: Tyler Jarry 23 pass from Michael Tamburo (Kyle Micek) 7:34
North Gwinnett: Marquese Quiles recovered blocked punt (Micek kick) 5:52
Mill Creek: Safety, 1:24
North Gwinnett: Cordero Dixon 29 pass from Tamburo (Micek kick) :59
North Gwinnett: Kevin Starks 30 pass from Tamburo (Micek kick) 2:56
North Gwinnett: Tamburo 1 run (Micek kick) 10:48
RUSHING - North Gwinnett: Michael Tamburo 8-39; Taylor Jarry 8-32; Kevin Starks 9-29; Brad Reid 1-2; Kirtley Dovel 1-(-2). Mill Creek: Julian James 15-53; Lenny Brooks 5-15; Ed Russ 4-1; Ryan Towe 1-1; Zach Landis 3-(-14).
PASSING - North Gwinnett: Michael Tamburo 10-16-0, 110; Patrick Thompson 1-1-0, 31. Mill Creek: Zach Landis 7-19-3, 14
RECEIVING - North Gwinnett: Kevin Starks 3-41; Cordero Dixon 3-36; Tyler Jarry 4-33; Jaison Yoshimura 1-31. Mill Creek: Austin Wilson 2-11; Sam Davis 1-12; Julian James 2-4; Lenny Brooks 2-(-13).