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Dacula teams win three Gwinnett Football League championships

Photo by Brandon Brigman

Photo by Brandon Brigman

HOSCHTON -- Dacula reigned in this past Saturday's Gwinnett Football League finals, taking championships in the 8-year-old, 9-year-old and 11-year-old divisions.

The 8-year-old Falcons team has won back-to-back championships and the 9-year-olds now have won three in a row.

Dacula's 9-year-old NL South team was looking to extend a 35-game winning streak against 11-0 Grayson AL South and it took triple overtime to pull out a 12-6 win. The Falcons, who have been together the previous two seasons, extended the streak when the defense held on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line. Grayson had the ball inside the 10-yard line twice in regulation and failed to score.

Tre' McMillan scored on a 13-yard run in the second overtime. Dacula elected to kick for a two-point conversion, but failed. Nick Edwards promptly tied the game on a 10-yard run, but the extra point failed as well. McMillan then scored on a 10-yard run and the extra point failed, but Grayson could not punch it in on its possession.

The results of the other GFL title games are as follows:

6-year-old Division

Grayson AL North 20, North Gwinnett NL South 12

Grayson got the morning off to a great start as the 6-year-old Rams took a 20-12 victory over North Gwinnett.

Austin Wainwright scored on a 28-yard run to give North a 6-0 lead, but Renaldo Spivey tied the game with a 9-yard run just before halftime and the extra point by Spivey made it 7-6. Wainwright then rumbled 47 yards for a touchdown in the third period to give North a 12-7 lead.

Anthony Freeman was not to be stopped as he rambled 51 yards for a touchdown late in the third quarter to give Grayson a 13-12 lead. Spivey added an insurance touchdown with a 15-yard run with 1:03 left in the game.

7-year-old Division

Mill Creek NL East 41, Parkview AL North 26

Ryan Burch and Brendan York led the way as Mill Creek outlasted Parkview 41-26.

The Panthers jumped on the scoreboard first as Pierre Weaver rambled for 38 yards for a 6-0 lead. York tied the score with a 5-yard run and then added the extra point to give Mill Creek a 7-6 lead. York scored from 30 yards out to extend the lead to 13-6 and added the extra point for a 14-6 lead, but Weaver took the ensuing kickoff back 52 yards to cut the lead to 14-12.

Burch scored on a 40-yard run and added the point after for a 21-12 lead but Miles Parker cut the lead with a 21-yard run and Weaver tacked on the extra point to cut it to 21-19 at halftime.

Burch then scored midway through the third after a great block by James West sprung him into the end zone. York added the extra point for a 28-19 lead.

York tried to put the game away with a 30-yard run and a 34-19 lead, but Weaver again rambled 34 yards and added the extra point to cut it to 34-26 with 6:58 left in the game.

Alex Boychuk's 2-yard TD run and York's pass to Connor Wright for the extra point sealed Mill Creek's win.

8-year-old Division

Dacula NL East 14, Dacula NL North 6

Dacula National East was looking for back-to-back championships and after a hard-fought game, the East team took the championship with a 14-6 victory over Dacula National North.

Mekhail Bethea rambled 58 yards in the first quarter and added the extra point for a 7-0 lead. Bethea then intercepted a pass and ran 31 yards for a score in the fourth period and again added the extra point for a 14-0 Dacula East lead. But Dacula North came back with a touchdown of its own when Brandon Joliff hit Cameron King from 14 yards out.

Dacula East has won back-to-back championships and outscored its opponents during the playoffs 92-13 in the four games, finishing with a perfect 12-0 record.

10-year-old Division

Peachtree Ridge NL East 20, Mill Creek NL North 14

Quarterback Davis Mills and Connor Heyward got Peachtree Ridge out to a 20-0 lead and the Lions held on for a 20-14 victory.

Heyward rambled 66 yards in the first quarter to give the Lions a 6-0 lead. After Joshua Horn recovered a fumble, Mills took off on a 24-yard scamper to extend the lead to 13-0 and Ryan Kyle added the extra point for a 14-0 first-quarter edge.

Mills hit Heyward for 15 yards to the 1-yard line and Cameron Jones plunged in for the score with 54.7 seconds left in the first half.

In the second half, Reed Adair took off on a 27-yard run for a third-quarter touchdown and Ridge Stanton hit Sean Akins for a 7-yard touchdown. Adair added the extra point for the final score.

Eighth Grade, Division II

Mill Creek AL South 20, North Gwinnett AL South 18

Mill Creek jumped to an early lead and then hung on for an exciting 20-18 victory in the eighth grade, Division II final.

Bailey Peyton had a 41-yard interception return for a touchdown to start the scoring in the first period and Devozea Gaines had a 14-yard touchdown run to extend the Mill Creek lead to 14-0 after the two-point conversion by Gaines.

North got on the board when Elford Avery scampered 58 yards but North still trailed 14-6 with 2:45 left in the half. Mill Creek wasn't finished as Bailey hit Javid Ona with a 46-yard pass and the Hawks led 20-6 with 59 seconds left in the half. However, North came right back as Hayden Sphire hit Caleb Scott with a 6-yard touchdown with 6.3 seconds left to cut the deficit to 20-12.

Sphire hit Hunter Franklin with a 3-yard touchdown pass in the third period to close the gap to two points. Mill Creek's Alec Ahern and Gaines each had interceptions in the fourth period to seal the victory.

11-year-old Division

Dacula NL East 26, Peachtree Ridge NL East 16

Dacula made it three championships on the day with a 26-16 victory over Peachtree Ridge in the 11-year-old final.

Dylan Singleton got the Falcons off and rolling with a 15-yard TD run in the first period. Singleton added the extra point for a 7-0 lead that stood until halftime.

Max Richardson gave the Lions their only lead with a 21-yard run in the third period and added a two-point conversion for an 8-7 lead. But the Falcons came right back as Singleton scored on a 1-yard plunge later in the quarter.

Cameron Hankins' 12-yard TD run was set up by a 35-yard interception by Singleton. The extra point was no good, but the Falcons led 20-8.

Quarterback Brandon Marsh rambled 69 yards for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter and Dacula led 26-8. Peachtree Ridge got a safety to cut the lead to 26-10 with 2:25 to go as Dacula got tackled in the end zone. The Lions finished the scoring when Tyler Campbell found a wide open Scott Akers from 19 yards out with 1:18 left, but they could not get any closer.

12-year-old Division

Buford NL East 16, Loganville AL North 8

Buford broke an 8-8 tie with a 1-yard, fourth-quarter plunge by Joey Bart and Bart converted the extra point as the Wolves defeated Loganville 16-8. Bart opened the scoring with a 7-yard touchdown and added the two-point conversion for an 8-0 lead in the second period.

Loganville's Scott Martin blocked a punt and raced in for a touchdown with 1:14 left in the first half. Martin added the two-point conversion and the score was tied until Bart's run.

Eighth Grade Division I

Norcross NL South 34, Mill Creek NL South 28

Norcross pulled out an exciting 34-28 victory in Saturday's final game, upending the defending champs.

William Anderson found Jordan Noil for a 44-yard strike and Norcross led 6-0 in the first quarter. Mill Creek's Eric Ritland plunged in from a yard out to tie the score at 6.

Carter Governale rambled 44 yards for another TD and gave the Hawks a 12-6 lead with 5:38 to go in the half. Norcross came right back with a touchdown as Anderson hit Miles Autry from 11 yards out, tying the score 12-12 at intermission.

Norcross took the lead in the third quarter as Anderson hit Autry for a 6-yard TD and Autry added the 2-point conversion for a 20-12 lead. The Hawks fought back as Andrew Sciara dove in from 3 yards out with 9:15 left in the game. Sciara added the two-point conversion to tie the score at 20.

Norcross had the combination of Anderson to Autry again as the duo hooked up on a 10-yard score, but Mill Creek came right back with 1:46 left as Governale scored and converted the point after for a 28-26 Hawks lead.

But that led to the fantastic finish. This time Anderson found Darian Dennis for a 6-yard touchdown with 30 seconds left. Autry set up the score with a 32-yard run in the last minute. Autry also intercepted a pass as the clock expired.