SNELLVILLE - Showing off its explosive offense with a 24-point second quarter, South Gwinnett ended Shiloh's hopes for a Region 8-AAAAA playoff berth by defeating the Generals 38-7 Friday night at Shiloh Community Stadium.
After giving up a touchdown on Shiloh's opening possession, the Comets (7-1, 5-1) put together TD drives of 66, 42, 76 and 97 yards in the first half to ice the game by halftime. South Gwinnett had its way on the ground and through the air, with running back Aaron Wimberly ripping off TD runs of 41 and 42 yards and quarterback Kent Rollins throwing a 69-yard TD pass to wide receiver Andre Pierce to close out the first half fireworks.
"We had a real bad taste in our mouths from last week's performance, and we wanted to start out fast," said South Gwinnett head coach John Small, referring to the Comets' 14 points in a win against Parkview last week. "We've got to be able to run to set up the pass, and pass to set up the run, and we did a good job of executing both phases of the offense tonight."
While its offense moved the ball with ease, the Comets' defense bottled up the Generals' vaunted running attack throughout the night. After an impressive four-play, 48-yard drive to take a 7-0 lead, Shiloh (4-5, 3-4) could only manage five first downs during the rest of the game and never threatened to score again.
"They have three good running backs, but our kids, especially our front five, did an outstanding job keeping them in check," Small said. Shiloh's DaQuan Holder finished as the Generals' leading rusher with 83 yards on 14 carries, including a 12-yard TD run.
But the Comets dominated the game with its video game-style offense that amassed more than 300 yards in the first half after Shiloh's opening drive. The visitors needed only one minute to drive 66 yards on three plays to tie the score at 7 when Wimberly shot up the middle for a 41-yard TD, and they went up 10-7 early in the second period on a 31-yard Saxon Venair field goal.
South Gwinnett struck for quick TDs on its next three possessions. After Shiloh went three and out, a short punt gave the Comets the ball on the Shiloh 42, and Wimberly swept right on the first play from scrimmage to extend the lead to 17-7.
South Gwinnett needed only five plays to go 76 yards on its next drive. After completing three passes for 35, 6 and 17 yards, Rollins scooted untouched through the Shiloh defense on a 9-yard TD run, giving the Comets a 24-7 lead.
But the backbreaker was a 97-yard drive just before halftime that took only four plays. After three runs from its own 3 netted 28 yards, Rollins found Pierce down the left sideline for a 69-yard TD.
Wimberly led all rushers with 133 yards on 16 carries while Rollins chipped in with 59 yards on seven carries. Rollins completed 8 of 16 passes for 201 yards and 1 TD and Pierce had three receptions for 114 yards and 1 TD.
South has now defeated Shiloh nine straight times.