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South Gwinnett 41, Berkmar 0

LILBURN -- With second place in Region 8-AAAAA already sewn up, South Gwinnett still finished its season well with its ninth victory, a 41-0 win Friday night at Berkmar.

The visitors jumped up 28-0 at halftime and cruised into next week's state playoffs. They will host Etowah in the first round.

"I thought we played hard but not smart at times," South head coach John Small said. "We jumped out early... they thought it was going to be easy, but Berkmar put up a heck of a fight. I like the way our guys responded."

South (9-1, 7-1) led by seven at the end of the first quarter despite gaining just four yards from scrimmage in the opening period. The Comets scored thanks to a 36-yard punt return touchdown by Vanderbilt commit Jonathan Krause.

Berkmar (1-9, 1-7) held the ball for the majority of the opening quarter, but couldn't score any points against the Comets.

South got its offense in gear in the second quarter as quarterback Kent Rollins scored on a pair of touchdowns from 53 and 52 yards out to give the Comets a 21-0 lead.

"(Rollins) is great with the ball in his hands," Small said "He wasn't throwing very well buy he definitely picked up the slack in that area with his feet."

South controlled the action in the second quarter with big gains and quick Berkmar possessions. Rollins outgained Berkmar on the ground in the first half, 114-61.

The Comets defense harassed Berkmar quarterback Xavier Briggs all night as the Patriots failed to keep its signal-caller safe in the pocket.

Berkmar gained just over 100 total yards in the half, with the majority of those coming on a 60-yard run by Jordan Murry.

Rollins went to the air for his third score of the quarter as he found Chad Ross in the corner of the end zone for a diving 18-yard touchdown catch.

Rollins padded his stats some more in the third quarter, as he ran up the middle for a 54-yard touchdown, his third rushing touchdown of the game.

Rollins ended the day with 168 rushing yards and 40 yards through the air. Berkmar gained just 149 total yards.

South has not lost a game this season since dropping a 27-16 match to Grayson earlier this season.

With the regular season over, the Comets can now focus on the second season as the state playoffs await.

"We're excited to be in and got a great opportunity to play at home," Small said. "You work so hard all season to get a home game in the first round and now we have to capitalize on it."