South Gwinnett's Jordan Ramey
SNELLVILLE -- After trailing early in the game, South Gwinnett and its offense exploded for a 61-14 win over the Berkmar Patriots on Friday.
Quarterback Jordan Ramey led the way with his arm and legs. He finished the game 9 of 13 passing for 328 yards and four touchdowns. He also contributed with eight rushes for 103 yards."I can't say enough about my offensive line and the great job they did tonight giving me time to throw," Ramey said. "I really prefer not to tuck and run unless the opportunity presents itself, but tonight that happened occasionally."
Berkmar (1-5) opened the scoring by striking first on a 33-yard touchdown pass from Jaquan Morris to Dorren Miller. Rashad Hall set up the score with a blocked punt at the Comet 33-yard line. The score gave Berkmar an early 7-0 lead with 9:10 left in the first quarter.
South (6-1) quickly responded with a five-play scoring drive as Josh Boyd scored on a 5-yard run. The drive was spearheaded by a Ramey pass to Coray Keel that covered 53 yards. Berkmar rallied to score on an 85-yard pass from Morris to Kenyuan Riddle.
The Comets continued the scoring in the first quarter with a 3-yard scoring run by Travon Davis. Davis had three carries for 70 yards on the scoring drive. South then converted a two-point conversion as Davis scored tying the game at 14-14 with 4:49 remaining in the first quarter.
Ramey then connected with Keel on an 80-yard pass play giving the Comets their first lead of the game at 21-14 with 1:17 left in the first quarter.
"We came out a little sloppy on both sides of the ball and got behind early but I was very proud of the way our kids responded," South head coach John Small said. "This is a resilient bunch that played well when they had to and I could not be prouder of a group of kids."
Nicholas Hylton got things started in the second quarter for the Comets with an interception at the Comet 26-yard line. Josh Boyd scored on a 4-yard run giving South Gwinnett a 28-14 lead. Ramey assisted the drive with a long 50-yard run. On their next possession, the Comets started from the Berkmar 30-yard line following a short Patriot punt from their own end zone. On the first play from scrimmage, Ramey hit Bernard Morrison on a 30-yard scoring play increasing the South Gwinnett lead to 34-14.
South closed out the scoring in the first half when L.J. Gainey scored on a 38-yard pass from Ramey. The touchdown made the score 41-14 South Gwinnett at the half.
The Comets opened the scoring in the second half with four-play, 63-yard scoring drive when Ramey hit Keel on another scoring strike. This time the scoring play covered 53 yards and extended the South Gwinnett lead to 48-14. South scored again late in the third quarter when Gabriel Tillman connecting with Ian Killian on a 27-yard scoring play making the score 54-14.
"This team has no quit in them, we battled back and knew it was just a matter of time before we got going," Small said. "Our offensive line did a great job tonight as we were missing three starters."
South closed out the scoring when Rico Burton scored on a 5-yard run to make the final score 61-14.
Berkmar quarterback Jaquan finished the game 10 for 19 and 190 yards passing.