SNELLVILLE - Dipping, darting and dancing through the defense, Ean Pemberton did it all Friday night.
With 161 yards in the first half, including a 52-yard scamper for the game's first touchdown, Pemberton and No. 6-ranked Grayson warmed up for a showdown with Brookwood next Friday by defeating Shiloh 42-0 Friday night at Shiloh Community Stadium.
Using their punishing ground game, the Rams drove 90 and 61 yards on their next two drives for TDs, with quarterback Tyler Horne sneaking over from the 1 and running back Harrell Gunn cruising around the left side for five yards to quickly put the game out of reach.
Pemberton set up the third TD with two 14-yard runs, including one where he fumbled the handoff from Horne, but picked up the bouncing ball and ran for a first down.
"They were geared up to stop the run, but fortunately, we were able to execute our running game," said Grayson head coach Mickey Conn.
Asked if his team was ready for defending region champion Brookwood next week, Conn said, "We just plan to keep doing what we're doing."
Grayson's defense recorded its second shutout of the season, stopping Shiloh's running tandem of Eugene Glenn and Sam Muse cold. The Generals managed only one first down in the first half, and even that 15-yard run by Glenn was offset by a personal foul.
Shiloh did not cross into Grayson territory until there were less than four minutes left and both teams had their second- and third-teams on the field.
"Any time you shut out an opponent, your defense has played a good game," Conn said.
Grayson needed only five plays to score two TDs in the second half.
Gunn scampered 16 yards on the Rams' first second-half possession, then ran 52 yards for a TD. On the next possession, Grayson scored in three plays with running back Stuart Shaw's 4-yard run capping a 43-yard drive.
Shiloh had few highlights during the evening. Defensive back Renwick Kelly intercepted a Horne pass in the second quarter at the Shiloh 43, but the Generals proceeded to go three-and-out.
After they made some first downs, mistakes plagued the Generals' offense, including two fumbles by quarterback Mark Wright in the third quarter.
Pemberton's 161 yards on 16 carries led all rushers while Gunn had 136 yards on 11 carries.
Grayson 42, Shiloh 0
Grayson: Ean Pemberton 52 run (Austin Clark kick) 9:21
Grayson: Tyler Horne 1 run (Terry Williams run) 11:17
Grayson: Harrell Gunn 5 run (Clark kick) 3:47
Grayson: Gunn 52 run (Clark kick) 4:44
Grayson: Stuart Shaw 4 run (Clark kick) 3:48
Grayson: Corey Hale 1 run (kick failed) 8:38