LOGANVILLE - Grayson flexed its muscles with both its running game and its defense on Friday night as the second-ranked Rams rushed their way to a 34-0 win over Shiloh.
Running back Ean Pemberton led the charge with 157 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries while the defense notched its third shutout of the season, boosting Grayson to 6-0 overall and 4-0 in Region 8-AAAAA.
"We're glad to get back to playing some good, hard-nosed defense," Grayson head coach Mickey Conn said. "Last couple of weeks, we've given up some points and yards and we came out tonight with a little fire in our belly."
Shiloh (3-3, 2-2) took the opening kickoff and got a good drive going when it went from its own 20 to the Grayson 30-yard line. But the Rams' defense stiffened and forced Cooper Davis to attempt a 49-yard field goal, a kick that had the distance but hooked wide left.
That would be the closest the Generals would get to a score.
"There's not too much to be said about tonight," Shiloh head coach Keith Wilkes said.
"We just took a whooping. Their guys up front did a great job and whooped us up front all night long."
It didn't take long after that for the Rams to get their running game going when they took the ensuing possession 80 yards on eight plays, all on the legs of Pemberton, who capped off the drive with a 1-yard TD run. Pemberton also converted the two-point conversion for the early 8-0 lead.
Pemberton struck again on the next possession, this time from 15 yards out, and again was successful on the two-point attempt, building the lead to 16-0 with 11:51 left in the second quarter.
Special teams provided the next score when Garrett Horne blocked Cooper's punt at the goal line and Jesse Hogan recovered it in the end zone for the score. Devin Gillespie successfully ran in Grayson's third two-point conversion of the night to stretch the lead to 24-0.
Pemberton added his third TD of the night with 2:32 left before the half on a 4-yard run while Austin Clark closed out the scoring with a 23-yard field goal 25 seconds left before half.
All of Pemberton's 157 yards and three TDs came in the first half as the Rams mostly played their second string in the final two quarters under a running clock.
Defensively, the Rams were led by linebacker Terry Williams and linemen Shawn Green and Joseph Champaign, a group that helped hold the Generals to 40 yards total offense on the night.