Shiloh stuns rival South

South Gwinnett's Arlando Griffin (77) brings down Shiloh's Brandon Wise (4) during Friday's game.

South Gwinnett's Arlando Griffin (77) brings down Shiloh's Brandon Wise (4) during Friday's game.


South Gwinnett's Colton Nash (6) tries to bring in a pass in the end zone while being defended by Shiloh's Martin Rhymer during the first half of Friday's game.


Shiloh's Stephen Weatherly (9) catches a pass over South Gwinnett's Nicholas Hylton (9) during Friday's game.


Shiloh running back Whorley Garland #28 is chased down by South Gwinnett's Arlando Griffin (77) during Friday's game.


South Gwinnett running back Josh Boyd (8) catches a pass before being taken down by Shiloh's Nick Kayea (15) during Friday's game.


South Gwinnett's LJ Gainey (3) forces Shiloh's Kolade Bakin (30) to fumble the ball after a big hit during Friday's game.

SNELLVILLE -- For the first time in years, Shiloh has a game breaker -- and his name is Donald Clark.

Down 13-0 just before halftime, and trailing 19-7 in the third period, Clark made three plays that changed the game's outcome and Shiloh shocked host South Gwinnett 28-19 Friday at Richard Snell Community Stadium. Clark's big plays also provided Shiloh head coach Brian Montgomery his first win at the school in its first Region 8-AAAAA game this season.

South Gwinnett (0-3, 0-1) controlled the game during most of the first half with quarterback Mason Hart connecting on 11 of 15 passes. The Comets scored easily on their first possession to take a quick 7-0 lead. Starting at its own 48, the Comets needed only six plays before Hart hit L.J. Gainey with a 21-yard TD strike.

South jumped out to a 13-0 lead on a 66-yard, seven-play drive. Hart hit Colton Nash for 28 yards to the Shiloh 9. After a holding penalty pushed the ball back to the Generals' 19, Isadore Davis scampered to the 1 before Spencer Williams scored on the next play.

After gaining only two first downs on its first four possessions, Shiloh (1-2, 1-0) stunned the Comets on their final possession of the first half to cut the lead to 13-7. Starting at their own 35 with less than one minute to play, the Generals moved to the South Gwinnett 41. With only seven seconds left, and South protecting the end zone, Clark took a swing pass out of the backfield, cut across the field and outran the defense for a TD.

It was the first of three game-changing plays that turned the tide in Shiloh's favor.

The next one occurred late in the third period. Down by 12 points, Clark fielded a South Gwinnett punt at his own 47 and returned it to the Comets' 19. Two plays later, Generals' quarterback Devante James hit Stephen Weatherly with an 18-yard TD pass and Shiloh, somehow, only trailed 19-14.

After forcing South Gwinnett to punt on its next possession, James engineering the go-ahead drive. Starting at the Shiloh 38, a 15-yard face mask call against South Gwinnett moved the ball to the Comets' 47. After two runs netted no gain, two James' passes of 16 and 25 yards moved the ball to the South Gwinnett 5. Two plays later, James scored on a quarterback sneak and Shiloh had its first lead, 21-19.

On its next play from scrimmage, South attempted a double reverse, but fumbled, and the ball was recovered by Shiloh's Phillip Trocheck at the Comets' 13. After a holding call pushed the Generals back to the 17, Clark made his third big play a 17-yard reverse for a TD.

Clark's performance spoiled a splendid passing performance by South Gwinnett's Hart, who completed 24 of 38 passes for 236 yards, though he threw two fourth quarter interceptions. L.J. Gainey led all receivers with 122 yards on 12 catches and 1 TD.

James finished with 6 of 17 completions for 106 yards and two TDs.


Jerome 3 years, 5 months ago

One time for lil cuzing Duke keep up the good work that's the MIAMI WAY


TomMarley 3 years, 5 months ago

It wasn't pretty by any means, but we all enjoyed the victory. The guys worked hard and never gave up. First half was almost a disaster. Way too many delay of game calls. Coach Montgomery will definitely have to address that issue if Shiloh is going to have any success in the rest of their region games. The schedule does not get any easier. Being able to execute is going to be key in their success. We cannot not afford to keep moving backwards with unecessary dealy of game calls if we are going to win. Everyone could see the improvement over the past several years. Hats off to coach Montgomery. It did take a little too long for Shiloh to adjust. It took nearly a complete half before Shiloh opened up their offensive opportunities by putting in some pass plays. That forced South Gwinnett to adjust enough for us to be successful with our running plays. Good job to all. The guys worked hard and played hard.


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