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PREP FOOTBALL NOTES: Westmoreland claims county passing record

Staff Photo: John Bohn Grayson's Wayne Gallman (4) rushes during the first quarter against rival South Gwinnett in a football game played Friday.

Staff Photo: John Bohn Grayson's Wayne Gallman (4) rushes during the first quarter against rival South Gwinnett in a football game played Friday.

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Staff Photo: Jason Braverman Wesleyan's Charles Mack (18) congratulates teammate Griffin Bone (54) after Bone's sack during the first half of Friday's game.

Central Gwinnett's Eman Westmoreland and his teammates have had better nights than Friday's 42-21 Region 8-AAAAAA loss at Brookwood.

However, the Black Knights quarterback did reach a major Gwinnett County milestone.

Needing just 77 yards to equal the county record for career passing yardage, the 5-foot-11, 205-pound senior got more than the required yardage, throwing for 190 yards on 23-of-35 passing.

That gives Westmoreland 6,609 yards for his career, surpassing the old record of 6,496 held by North Gwinnett's Mikey Tamburo. He is also just one of three Gwinnett quarterbacks to throw for more than 6,000 yards in his career, along with Tamburo and Collins Hill's Taylor Heinicke.

And with his touchdown passes to Justin Brownlee and Nate Hartford, Westmoreland also added to another county record that he already owns, giving him 65 career scoring strikes, five more than Heinicke.

Moon, Priester maximize production

Among many odd numbers during Brookwood's win over Central were the passing statistics turned in by Broncos quarterback Zach Moon and receiver Ky Priester.

Despite completing just seven of his 20 pass attempts, Moon threw for 217 yards, an average of 31 yards per completion, including touchdown passes of 34 and 76 yards.

The 6-3, 205-pound senior could have actually had many more yards, with several passes either dropped or just off or over the hands of open receivers.

"We overthrew or just didn't hook up on a couple of just wide-open touchdown balls," Brookwood coach Mark Crews said.

And all of those completions and yards came to the N.C. State committed Priester.

"(Priester) is a good player, and (Moon) got the ball to him when he had to and helped us ice the football game," Crews said.

Defending the G

Grayson won its 26th straight regular season home game on Friday, a streak that dates back to 2006.

The last time Grayson lost a regular season game at home was in double overtime to Brookwood.

The Rams made easy work of rival South Gwinnett with a 41-0 win on Friday.

"So far, so good. We've just got to keep playing hard," Grayson head coach Mickey Conn said. "When the kids play with passion and play for each other, they are capable of anything."

The last time Grayson lost a home game of any kind was in the 2010 state semifinals to Colquitt County.

North's Jonathan Lewis on the mend

North Gwinnett's lineup has been riddled with various injuries for most of the season, but the Bulldogs have started to reinsert a valuable piece in Jonathan Lewis.

Lewis, who suffered an ankle sprain in the game against Meadowcreek on Sept. 21, saw significant action on Friday night against Habersham Central.

"He's coming back from an ankle sprain and it's good to get him back in," North head coach Bob Sphire said. "It really helps because it puts us three deep at running back."

While Lewis only carried the ball three times on Friday, he was still the team's second-leading rusher with 29 yards. He also caught three passes out of the backfield for 29, giving quarterback Michael Haynes an addition a weapon at receiver.

Striking quickly

Buford has taken itto opponents quickly in many of their victories over the years, which was also the case Friday night as the Wolves rolled past Dawson County 34-3 in Region 7-AAA action.

The defense was solid as Buford limited the Dawson County offense to just three points after the Tigers came in averaging over 26 points per game. It also held Dawson County quarterback Tyler Dominy to just 175 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. Wide receiver Bruce Clark, who is 6-foot-5 along with Dominy, was limited to just two receptions for 27 yards.

Buford also continues to get steady quarterback play from its two-QB system in juniors Taylor Mitchell and Montgomery VanGorder. The duo combined to complete a modest 6 of 10 passes for 93 yards, but there were no interceptions and one pass went for a touchdown as VanGorder connected with Tre Neal from 32 yards.

Buford is now averaging 39.9 points through seven contests, including five straight when the Wolves have scored 34 or more.

Miles and Miles

Wesleyan didn't have many highlights in its 42-17 loss to Westminster, but running back Miles Smith was a bright spot.

The sophomore reeled off runs of 22, 48 and 22 yards on his first three carries of the second half, finishing the game with 13 rushes for 122 yards and a touchdown.

"Miles was outstanding," Wesleyan head coach Franklin Pridgen said. "He ran the ball better than he has all season."

-- Sports editor Will Hammock, staff writers Brandon Brigman and David Friedlander, senior correspondent Scott Smith and staff correspondent Steve Argo contributed to this report