DULUTH - North Gwinnett's Tyler Jarry gained just four yards rushing on six carries against Northview on Friday night. What he did receiving the ball, however, was a different story.
Jarry hauled in 10 passes for 105 yards and three touchdowns as the Bulldogs spoiled Northview's homecoming with a 45-0 shutout for their sixth straight win.
Friday's win helped keep the Bulldogs atop the Region 7-AAAAA standings at 5-0 and, with Collins Hill's 21-0 loss to Peachtree Ridge, control their own destiny for their first region title with three games left.
Despite the rain that fell most of the day, the field conditions were not an issue with Northview's Sprinturf and North (6-1 overall) took advantage with 439 yards total offense (268 rushing, 171 passing).
"Once again, I don't think we came out ready to play," North head coach Bob Sphire said. "We let them keep drives alive with penalties on defense and we turned the ball over early in the game. It took us a long time to get cranked up but once we did, we started playing with some rhythm."
North quarterback Mikey Tamburo was in a rhythm from the get go and finished with 158 yards and two touchdowns on 16 of 20 passes while also rushing for 82 yards on six carries with one score.
"Mikey and Tyler really got in synch," Sphire said. "They're pretty uncanny in the way they work together."
Freshman Raahmil Brantley provided a big boost out of the backfield with a game-high 129 yards on just seven carries with one touchdown, a 71-yard dash up the middle early in the third quarter that put the game out of reach at 33-0.
Two of Jarry's touchdowns were from Tamburo on passes of 13 yards and 16 yards, both on screens, while his third score came on a 2-yard toss from backup Joe Jones.
After ending the first quarter with a 7-0 lead, North broke it open in the second with 19 points. Tamburo scored on a 55-yard quarterback draw while Jarry scored the other TD, but it was the special teams that stepped up as North recovered an onsides kick and converted a pair of two-point conversions.
Northview, which fell to 0-7 overall and 0-5 in the region, was shut out for the second straight week by a Gwinnett County team. North tight end Kenny Barnes, who recently committed to Wofford, also had a solid game with three catches for 41 yards.