Saturday, September 6, 2008
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Gwinnett Daily Post
SNELLVILLE - On an ideal evening for football, Shiloh won its home opener with a come-from-behind effort in the second half 21-13 over Mt. Zion.
The pair of wins matches the Shiloh's total from last season as the Generals finished 2-8.
"It was another good effort from our kids," first-year Shiloh head coach Keith Wilkes said. "We are still learning to win but off to a good start. We just need to keep getting better each week."
Starting the second half behind 13-7, Shiloh quarterback Mark Wright directed his team on a nine-play, 57-yard drive that was capped by a one-yard plunge from running back Sam Muse.
The big play of the drive was a 27-yard pass from Wright to tight end Cameron Whigham on third-and-9, which kept the drive alive. The extra point by Cooper Davis gave Shiloh a 14-13 lead with 3:39 left in the third quarter and the Generals never trailed again.
Wright was pressured all night by a pesky Mt. Zion (1-1) defense and after losses of seven and 12 yards on sacks, he broke a couple of tackles and scampered 42 yards for a clinching score with 8:03 remaining in the game.
Mt. Zion set the tone early by holding Shiloh to no gain the first series of downs and then the Bulldogs' Brandon Ector blocked a Wright punt and teammate Karon Hodge recovered in the Generals' end zone with slightly less than two minutes gone in the opening period.
The Generals tied up the score later in the first period when Shiloh's Devonta Bowen recovered a fumble at midfield. Shiloh used six plays to march 48 yards with a big chunk of it an 18-yard run by Wright. The touchdown play was a 13-yard run by Muse.
Shiloh showed a lot of grit with hard-earned yards on the ground, led by Muse with 67 yards on 15 carries and Eugene Wright with 46 yards on 11 carries.