Dacula ready to prove win was no fluke

Photo: Craig Cappy Shiloh's Kolade Bakrin (30) hits South Gwinnett's  L.J. Gainey (3) to force a fumble during their game earlier this season.

Photo: Craig Cappy Shiloh's Kolade Bakrin (30) hits South Gwinnett's L.J. Gainey (3) to force a fumble during their game earlier this season.

Jared Zito got some extra time to enjoy his first victory as Dacula's head football coach.

The Falcons knocked off defending state champion Brookwood two weeks ago and used last week's bye as an opportunity to savor the win.

"To be honest with you, we are ready just to play football again," Zito said.

Now Zito and his Dacula (1-2, 1-0 region) squad will try to prove the win wasn't a fluke as they travel to Snellville to face an improved Shiloh (1-3, 1-1) program Friday night.

"I think the only thing that validates anyone is wins," Zito said.

Dacula began the season by giving up 35 points in its losses to Norcross and Mill Creek.

The defense corrected itself by allowing just two field goals in its win over Brookwood. The Broncos had three drives inside the the Dacula 20, but only came away with six points.

"It's the difference between night and day," first-year Shiloh head coach Brian Montgomery said. "They are a totally different team from the Norcross game to the Brookwood game."

Morgan Loyd and Roman Schnaak have led the defense. Loyd had seven tackles and a TD-saving tackle on a punt return against Brookwood, while Schnaak made six stops.

"I think you get a couple of guys doing the right thing and you get others to follow," Zito said.

Dacula's defense will have its hands full trying to stop Shiloh receiver Donald Clark. The junior had a breakout game against South Gwinnett with two highlight reel touchdowns. He made four catches for 105 yards in last week's loss to Parkview.

"No doubt, No. 1 is a guy that stand outs on tape," Zito said. "He single handedly beat South Gwinnett. He's a guy we've talked about and they've got a lot of guys like that."

Shiloh trailed by 16 to Parkview last week in the fourth quarter and cut the lead to 10 on a Stephen Weatherly touchdown catch.

But on the Generals' next drive, Shiloh threw an interception at the Parkview 32. It was the same problem that plagued the Generals in their first two losses of the year.

"It would have made it a lot tighter. That was the hump that broke the camel's back," Montgomery said. "It's frustrating because everyone is expecting so much and wants to win, but we're young. You're going to have a few kinks out there."

Shiloh had a makeshift lineup in last week's loss to Parkview. Running back Desean Taylor was out and is questionable for Friday's game. The Generals have three other starters on offense and five on defense that could miss the game as well.

"We're going down deep in the depth chart," Montgomery said.

With so many new faces on defense, Montgomery is relying on lineman Tyler Claytor to continue his strong play in the trenches against Dacula.

"They are another awesome Region 8-AAAAA team. It doesn't get any easier," Montgomery said. "We have to stop making mistakes and having penalties to have a chance to be in the game."