LILBURN -- Looking to atone for back-to-back shutouts, Shiloh's rushing attack exploded for four second-quarter touchdowns en route to a 55-28 win over Berkmar Friday night in a Region 8-AAAAA game at Berkmar Stadium.
After failing to gain a first down on its first two possessions, Shiloh's offensive line took control of the game. Junior Brandon Wise and sophomore Justin Martin combined for five touchdowns and 269 yards rushing, while Shiloh's defense stymied the Patriots behind three Marnez Ogletree interceptions.
"We got a lot of solid play out of our young players," said Shiloh head coach Brian Montgomery. "They did a good job of protecting the football. We didn't turn it over, and our defense played well, too."
Berkmar (1-7, 0-6) took the early lead on a 12-play, 71-yard drive that featured a nifty 26-yard run by Devin Johnson. On fourth-and-5 on the Shiloh 41, the Patriots lined up in punt formation, but Johnson took a short snap and ran 26 yards to the Generals' 15. Three plays later, quarterback Deion Perry lofted a 15-yard TD pass to Dorren Miller and Berkmar led 7-0.
But the game began to turn on the next Berkmar possession. Perry was sacked by Shiloh's Tyler Claytor at the Berkmar 6, forcing the Patriots to punt. Shiloh (2-7, 2-5) took over at the Berkmar 36 and needed only two plays for Wise's 15-yard run for the tying score.
Berkmar's Johnson returned the ensuing kickoff for a 91-yard TD, giving the Patriots a 14-7 lead. But the lead was short lived as Shiloh scored three TDs in the next 10 minutes. With its offensive line opening large holes, the Generals put together TD drives of 60 and 88 yards. Martin made the key runs on both drives, ripping off a 52-yard run on the first drive and a 35-yard scamper on the second.
Between the two long drives, Ogletree intercepted a Perry pass at the Generals' 45 and returned to the Berkmar 1, with Martin scoring two plays later. Ogletree had two interceptions in the first half.
Ogletree sealed the victory with his third interception early in the third quarter, picking off Perry at the Shiloh 45 and returning it to the Berkmar 19. Four plays later, Wise scored his third TD on a 5-yard run and the Generals widened their lead to 34-14.
Berkmar cut the lead to 13 points late in the third quarter. Ogletree could have had his fourth interception, but a pass by Perry at the goal line bounced off his shoulder pads and into the arms of Kyle Pattilo for a 24-yard TD.
Shiloh's Clayton Smith scored on two TD passes in the fourth quarter, the first on 25-yarder from Daniel Wardell and three minutes later on an 18-yarder from quarterback DeVante James.
Wise led all rushers with 173 yards on 13 carries and Martin had 96 yards on 17 carries. Perry completed 8 of 16 for 53 yards and 1 TD.