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Bulldogs roll to 42-20 win

Photo by Brandon Brigman

Photo by Brandon Brigman

SUWANEE -- North Gwinnett had one big advantage coming into the finale of the 2010 Progressive Football Challenge with Bob Jones.

The Bulldogs got their regular season started a week ago, while the Patriots were still scrimmaging, and the extra week of polish showed several times.

North turned a pair of turnovers and a miscue on a punt into touchdowns to roll up a big halftime lead in a 42-20 rout of the northern Alabama powerhouse Saturday night at Tom Robinson Stadium.

While Auburn commitment C.J. Uzomah is North's highest profile player, it used a variety of weapons Saturday.

The ground game is where the No. 3 state-ranked Bulldogs (2-0) did much of their damage on offense as they rolled up 206 rushing yards, including 54 yards and a touchdown from Joe Jones and 50 yards and two scores from Donnie Miles.

By contrast, the North defense held Bob Jones to just three yards rushing in the first half.

Bob Jones was actually able to move the ball in its first two drives using a variety of laterals and passes involving two quarterbacks and several running backs and receivers.

In fact, the Patriots penetrated deep into North territory on both the first-quarter drives, only to have the Bulldog defense toughen up to hold the Patriots off the scoreboard both times.

The first march ended on downs at the North 34, while a fumble that wound up in the hands of Justin Alabi stalled the second.

North then took advantage when a pass interference call on third and 12 from the Bob Jones 43 extended a drive.

Four plays later, Miles took a handoff, bounced out to the right and sprinted in from 7 yards out, giving the Bulldogs a 7-0 lead with 3:28 left in the first quarter.

While that first drive took North just 2:52 to complete, the Bulldogs needed just 2:57 to drive 87 yards on their next possession.

Scotty Hosch completed a pair of passes for 32 yards, while Jones did much of the damage on the ground with 44 yards, including the final 21 to cap a nine-play drive with a score that increased the lead to 14-0 just 1:07 into the second quarter.

Another turnover -- this time, Tim Hill's interception that gave North the ball on its own 44 -- thwarted another Bob Jones drive, and the Bulldogs made the Patriots pay again.

Donnie Miles capped a seven-play, 56-yard drive with a 15-yard scamper on fourth and 1 for the touchdown that made the score 21-0 with 7:16 left in the half.

The Bulldogs then cashed in on another mistake when a snap to Bob Jones punter Braden Hager was low and then bobbled, and Dante Johnson gladly scooped up the miscue and ran it into the end zone from 16 yards out to stretch the North lead to 28-0 with 1:33 left in the half.

Bob Jones did manage to finally hang on to the ball after taking possession of the ensuing kickoff on its own 44.

Freeman hooked up with Ole Miss commitment Collins Moore three times on the drive, including an 8-yard scoring strike with 19 seconds left in the half that pulled the Patriots to within 28-7 heading into intermission.

But North quickly answered with its opening drive of the second half.

The Bulldogs rolled 80 yards in eight plays, taking just 3:24 off the clock, before Hosch connected with Tyler Nemec on a 23-yard strike to make the lead 35-7, and the rout was on.