SUWANEE - For the last three years, Bob Sphire built North Gwinnett's offense around Mikey Tamburo, a dual-threat quarterback.
Tamburo is now a freshman on the Boise State football team, but Sphire has found a quarterback to fill the void nicely.
First-year quarterback C.J. Uzomah accounted for 237 total yards and two touchdowns Friday to lead North Gwinnett to a 41-13 win over Brookwood.
"I tell you what, he's a special quarterback," Sphire said. "He's got some guys around him that really make that offense click. Joe Jones and Raahmil Brantley are just sophomores, but I think the three of them feed off each other."
Jones and Brantley also had touchdown runs for North Gwinnett (2-0), which beat Brookwood (0-2) for the sixth straight time dating back to 2006. It's the first time the Broncos have ever lost six in a row to an opponent. The 28-point loss is the largest defeat for Brookwood since it lost to Lowndes 49-7 in the 2005 state finals.
Uzomah orchestrated two long scoring drives in the first half. The first was a 12-play, 65-yard drive to start the game. The 6-foot-5 quarterback converted two third downs on the series, an eight-yard run and a 10-yard pass to Brantley. Uzomah finished the drive with a four-yard touchdown run and North led 6-0 after a bobbled snap resulted in a missed PAT.
On North's next drive, the Bulldogs went 61 yards on 11 plays. Uzomah had a big 12-yard run on fourth down and then completed a seven-yard pass to Joe Jones to put the Bulldogs inside the 10. Jones scored two plays later to put North ahead 13-0.
Uzomah was 12 of 22 for 108 yards passing with one TD and an interception. The junior also had 129 yards rushing on 10 carries. He completed passes to six different receivers with Cody Gower leading the way with four catches for 50 yards and Justin Dickens had three receptions for 49 yards.
Brookwood's Ben McLane connected with Andre Sims for a 21-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. Eric Wright partially blocked the PAT to make it 13-6. The score was part of a nine-play, 80-yard drive.
McLane was 10 of 23 for 111 yards and Sims caught seven passes for 98 yards and had an interception on defense.
Uzomah countered with a 60-yard touchdown run on third down to give North a 20-6 lead at halftime.
"I think that was a momentum changer," said Uzomah, who already has scholarship offers from some several SEC and ACC schools.
Brookwood's Allen McCray opened the second half with a 53-yard kickoff return and Julian Suber had a 49-yard touchdown run in the closing seconds. But in between it was ugly for the Broncos.
The Bulldogs' Jones threw a 46-yard halfback pass to Dickens and five plays later Brantley scored on a one-yard run.
Trey Sims stripped McLane on the next series and Carl Rider recovered the ball at North's 26.
Uzomah hit Jones for a 22-yard gain and then C.C. Scott scored from four yards out to make it 34-6 midway through the third quarter.
Things only got worse for Brookwood. An offsides call forced the Broncos' punter Matt Obermeyer to kick from his own goal line.
A low snap allowed Eric Wright to come in and knock the ball out of his hands. Alex Forrester picked up the ball for the touchdown.
That put North up 41-6 at the end of the third quarter and the mercy rule running clock was put in effect for the fourth quarter.
North's defense held Brookwood to 65 yards of total offense in the second half and 49 of those yards came on Suber's run in the final seconds.
North's Justin Thomas and John Gibson-Green and Brandon McGowen each had a sack.