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Dacula stifles Shiloh in shutout win

SNELLVILLE -- Dacula made it look easy Friday night at Shiloh Community Stadium, using a balanced offensive attack to roll up 382 yards while a stingy defense held the Generals scoreless en route to a 25-0 victory and its second straight Region 8-AAAAA win.

Dacula (2-2, 2-0) controlled the game from the opening kickoff. Starting at their own 35, the Falcons gashed the Generals' defense for 55 yards on their first five rushing plays. Two plays later, running back Marcus Cox scampered seven yards and Dacula had a 7-0 lead.

"We felt that we could play 'smash mouth" football with them," said Dacula head coach Jared Zito. "Our running plays worked well on that first drive, so we stuck with it. Hats off to our offensive line for controlling the line of scrimmage and the tempo."

Shiloh (1-4, 1-2) moved the ball well on its first two possessions, but both drives stalled inside Dacula territory. After going from its own 26 to the Dacula 15 on its opening possession, a 32-yard field goal attempt by Morgan Blake was no good. On their second drive, the Generals moved from their 22 to the Falcons' 33, but were stopped on a fourth-and-1 when speedster Donald Clark was tackled for a 1-yard loss.

"We focused on stopping No. 1 (Clark) because he's such a talented athlete, and our defense did a nice job of holding them on key plays," Zito said.

Clark finished the game with only 11 rushing yards on 10 carries and caught three passes for 10 yards.

Following its second defensive stop, Dacula struck quickly for its second TD. Passes of 47 and 13 yards from quarterback Brandon Goodson to Cox moved the ball to the Shiloh 11 and running back Rocky Capobianco scored the first of his two TDs on a 3-yard run.

Shiloh's Deshon Taylor ran for 44 yards on Shiloh's first play from scrimmage to start the second half, but a lost fumble two plays later ended the threat. The Falcons needed only four plays to widen their lead to 19-0. After a double reverse put the ball in Cox's hands, he threw a 39-yard scoring toss to a wide open Davian McEwan, who waltzed into the end zone.

The Falcons' final TD was an efficient, five-play, 70-yard drive culminating in a 27-yard TD run by Capobianco. The running back led all rushers with 98 yards on 17 carries. Goodson completed 7 of 9 passes for 131 yards, all in the first half.

Taylor was the leading Shiloh rusher with 62 yards on six carries. Quarterback Devante James completed 10 of 23 passes for 88 yards.