Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Grayson quarterback David McTier (14) hands off the ball to running back Jordan Germany (27) during high school football action of the Corky Kell Classic against McEachern at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Aug. 25.
You couldn't tell Grayson was breaking in 10 new starters on offense the way the unit began the season.
The Rams scored 31 and 35 points in their first two games. Then they put up just seven points in their loss to Parkview.
"We were pretty vanilla," Grayson head coach Mickey Conn said of the offense. "Then we ran into a buzz saw, but you have to be more multiple or teams are going to tee off on us."
Since the loss, the defending state champions have used multiple formations out of their wing-T offense and have thrown the ball a lot more.
"We told them they are going to have to sink or swim and let them go with it," Conn said.
The change has helped. Grayson has averaged 51 points over the last four games. The Rams' 62-0 win over Berkmar on Friday was the most points in school history.
"We're trying to utilize our playmakers and get them the ball," Conn said.
Wayne Gallman had 167 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Jordan Germany scored four touchdowns on offense and returned a fumble on defense for another score.
"I feel like I've got some good leaders," Conn said. "Just the execution has been really good that side of the ball."
Grayson's Robert Nkemdiche led the county in sacks last season, but it's a different Rams defensive lineman leading the team in sacks this year.
Zac Barnes, a Tennessee commitment, had three sacks in Friday's win over Berkmar. The senior has six sacks on the season, which leads the team, and is among the county leaders.
"You have to be selfish on this defensive line if you want to get a sack," Conn said. "They are all trying to get back there."
Meadowcreek's losing skid hits 44
Meadowcreek's 31-12 loss to Habersham Central on Friday was the 44th straight defeat for the Mustangs, setting a new Gwinnett County record.
Meadowcreek broke the old record of 42 losses set by the Mustangs from 2003-08. The Norcross school has not won a game since Sept. 5, 2008 when it defeated Duluth 24-14.
The state record for consecutive losses is 82 by Glascock County from 1990-99.
Jackson tutoring Norcross' Carter
Marcus Jackson was a two-time Daily Post all-county selection with Norcross in 2000-01. Jackson recorded 25.5 sacks as a junior and senior before signing with Georgia.
Jackson is in his third year of coaching at his alma mater and has groomed Lorenzo Carter into a sack machine. The junior, who transferred from Whitefield Academy over the summer, posted three sacks in Friday's win over Collins Hill. That gives him a county-best 11 this season.
With three games left in the regular season and No. 3 ranked Norcross assured of a playoff spot, Carter could set the Blue Devils' single-season sack record. Brooks Cunningham recorded 18 sacks in 2006 and has 29 career sacks.
Since the Daily Post began keeping sacks as a record in 2002, the county record is 18.5 by Brookwood's Cameron Lynch in 2010.
Greater Atlanta Christian's 30-0 win over Westminster on Friday was the Spartans' first shutout since 2007. ... Archer running back Sean Fowler rushed for 118 yards in Friday's win over Central Gwinnett. It was the running back's sixth 100-yard rushing game this season. ... North Gwinnett running back Cam Lewis rushed for 117 yards against Mill Creek. It was the first time North had a running back rush for 100 yards this season.
Quarterback Michael Haynes was the only other player to rush for 100 yards this season.