Central Gwinnett's #34 Justin Brownlee
LAWRENCEVILLE -- Central Gwinnett and Shiloh hooked up for 82 points Friday night, including five touchdowns in the fourth quarter, and the three-hour shootout ended with the Black Knights outlasting Shiloh 47-35 in a Region 8-AAAAAA game.
Central's three offensive stars -- Eman Westmoreland, Justin Brownlee and Jourdin Shiloh -- made several big plays and put up spectacular numbers en route to the victory. Westmoreland completed 28 of 38 passes for 396 yards and two TDs; Brownlee caught 11 passes for 213 yards and Shiloh, ironically, scored all three fourth-quarter TDs to ice the victory, including a 46-yard romp with less than a minute to play.
"Brownlee and Shiloh played the games of their lives," said Central Gwinnett head coach Todd Wofford. "We killed ourselves with penalties in the first half, but we fought hard and made huge play after huge play in the second half and found a way to win."
Central (6-4, 4-4) opened the game by moving 78 yards in 13 plays on its first possession, with Westmoreland completing all eight of pass attempts. The senior quarterback scored on a 5-yard run and Central appeared to be on its way.
But Shiloh (3-7, 1-7) fought back with two second-quarter TDs, a two-yard run by sophomore running back Charles Shavers and a 69-yard jaunt by quarterback Devante James for a 14-7 lead, its first lead since the third game of the season. Central tied the game just before halftime when Westmoreland connected on a 49-yard pass to Brownlee to the Shiloh 12, and a 7-yard TD pass to Brownlee two plays later.
Shiloh quickly answered to begin the second half. After Grant Swinton returned the kickoff to the Central 43, James found Cameron Stewart five plays later with a 21-yard TD and Shiloh had the lead, 21-14.
But Central scored TDs on its next three possessions to move out to a 34-21 lead. The Black Knights put together a 76-yard drive that culminated with a 1-yard sneak by Westmoreland and on its next possession, Westmoreland hit Jonathan Hawkins with a 2-yard TD pass after running back Shiloh broke off a 60-yard run to set up the score. And Shiloh scored the first of his three fourth-quarter TDs early in the final period on a 4-yard run to cap a 59-yard drive.
But the Generals fought back, first on a 30-yard TD pass from James to Stewart, closing the gap to 34-28. After Central quickly scored again, Shiloh countered with a 70-yard pass from James to Swinton, cutting the lead to 40-35.
After Central's Samir Ramic missed a 38-yard field goal attempt with 2:24 to play, Shiloh had one last chance to take the lead. But after Shavers and James rushed for 27 yards to the Generals' 47, James fumbled the snap on the next play and Central's Stedman Waiters recovered. Moments later, the Black Knights' Shiloh scampered 46 yards for a TD to put the game out of reach.