DULUTH -- Duluth football has waited a long time to beat up on some team like this.
Quarterback Anfornee Stewart threw for five touchdown passes and wide receiver Myles Campbell scored three times in a 55-21 thumping of Northview. It's wins like these that make the players go nuts and the historians go digging in their books.
"I don't know what to say about that quarter and Myles Campbell," said head coach Corey Jarvis. "They are kind of good."
"We had a lot of fun tonight," Stewart said, making the understatement of the night. "I had four touchdown passes last year, but other than that five is the new number (for me)."
It was the highest point total for a Duluth (2-0) team since a 68-0 win over Loganville in 1985. It's also the Wildcats' largest margin of victory since they beat Meadowcreek 45-6 in 2002.
It wasn't immediately clear that Duluth would roll. The Titans (1-1) started the game with a 12-play drive on the heels of running QB Evan Jacks. But the field goal attempt was blocked. From there Duluth was off to the races.
And this Wildcat team doesn't take long.
Only the last scoring drive took longer than two minutes.
It started when Stewart finished a three-play drive that took hit 82 seconds when he hit Nick Whitaker on a 23-yard pass for the first score. Myles Campbell ran 47 yards for the second TD, followed by a six-yard TD pass from Stewart to Michael Randle. Those two hooked up for the next score to make it 28-14 with 3:52 in the second quarter.
Yes, this was the trend.
The Wildcats second half scores came on plays of 39, 5, 79, and 7 yards. And that 79-yarder might have been the most exciting play of the season.
Campbell fielded a punt on his own 21-yard line, ran to his left and appeared to be stuck at the 30. He slipped out of a tackle and ran the other way.
"I just saw him coming and broke a tackle," Campbell said. "I just took it to the house."
But not without help from Ahmad Muhammad. He threw a helmet-removing block that opened the way for Campbell. He dodged two more tacklers before capping off his hat trick with one rushing, receiving and return TD.
"I was just running," Campbell said. "I heard about the block when I got to the sidelines."
The Wildcats finished with 459 yards of offense. Stewart was 13 of 19 passing for 221 yards. He ran for 46 yards. Brandon Brinson added 81 rushing yards. Campbell had 143 total yards (96 receiving).
But its not all peaches-and-cream for Duluth. Its defense had a hard time containing Northview QB Evan Jacks. They missed several tackles while Jacks ran for 160 yards and threw for 148.
"We spent too much time working on tackling to do what we did tonight," said Jarvis. "They already know what is going to happen on Labor Day at practice."
Duluth will face Alpharetta next. They lost last year 44-17. It has been 26 years since a Duluth team started 3-0.
"They've got it coming," said Stewart. "There is some payback that is due."
Maybe they are up to something.