Meadowcreek quarterback Patrick Mills tries to escape a sack from Shiloh defenders Kolade Bakrin (9) and Fred Mooring (33) during Friday's game at Meadowcreek. The play resulted in a safety awarded to Shiloh.
NORCROSS -- Behind three first-half passing touchdowns from Devante James, Shiloh took the first step toward shedding its recent history of losing seasons, thrashing Meadowcreek 36-6 Friday night at Mustang Community Stadium.
Led by new head coach Troy Hobbs, Shiloh's third new head coach in the past three seasons, the Generals' balanced offense racked up 214 yards in the first half. Senior Deshon Taylor complemented James' aerial show by rushing for 76 yards on 12 carries and one TD.
"We want to be a diverse offense, adept at running and throwing, and tonight we took what the defense gave us," Hobbs said. "Devante controlled the game with his passing, including taking a shot with long passes at the right moments."
Hitting on 7 of 8 passes for 137 yards, senior quarterback James led Shiloh to four first-half touchdowns and the Generals raced out to a 29-6 halftime lead. James' TD passes covered 54, 32 and 21 yards, though the longest gainer was a screen pass to Taylor that broke the game open in the second quarter.
After a punt on its first possession, the Generals got the game's first break when Meadowcreek's Stephen Rabb punted the ball into his blocking ball, and Shiloh recovered at the Mustangs' 5.
After two holding penalties pushed Shiloh back to the Meadowcreek 36, a James to Taylor screen pass moved the ball to the 21, and James followed with a 21-yard strike to Cameron Stewart for a 6-0 lead.
After a poor punt and a Meadowcreek penalty, Shiloh started its next drive at the Mustangs' 27. They needed only two plays to score again, with James running up the middle on a 15-yard keeper.
The Generals scored twice in the opening minute of the second quarter, first on a safety when Stefan Delva tackled Meadowcreek quarterback Patrick Mills in the end zone. Following the Meadowcreek free kick, Shiloh only needed James' 54-yard screen to Taylor to score, giving Shiloh an insurmountable 23-0 lead.
The Mustangs cut the lead to 23-7 on a 5-play, 75-yard drive that was highlighted by a 53-yard TD pass from Mills to Kortez Towels. Mills, a sophomore, completed 4 of his first 5 passes and had another TD to Towels nullified due to holding by an offensive lineman. After being forced to throw for most of the second half, he ended up completing 5 of 14 passes for 80 yards.
Following the Meadowcreek TD, James led the Generals on a 91-yard scoring drive capped by a 32-yard TD pass to senior wide receiver Paul Martin. James finished the game completing 11 of 17 passes for 173 yards.