Photo: Karl L. Moore Dacula wide receiver Josh Bullock (16) tries to make the one hand catch as Shiloh's Nick Kayea (2) defends during Friday night's game at Shiloh.
SNELLVILLE -- Dacula sophomore cornerback C.J. Mayes had two interceptions and two touchdowns to propel the Falcons to their first win of the season Friday night, a 31-8 victory in a Region 8-AAAAAA game at Shiloh Community Stadium.
With three interceptions and a fumble recovery, Dacula's defense stifled Shiloh, limiting the Generals to 50 yards in the first half.
"The biggest factor in the game was the play of our defense," said Dacula head coach Jared Zito. "They made plays and got us turnovers all night. Everyone on defense played well and Mayes made some big interceptions to stop their drives and give us field position to score."
Each team traded turnovers on their second possessions, with a fumble recovery by Shiloh sophomore Daron Bowles giving the Generals excellent field position on the Dacula 15. But senior defensive back B.J. Clay intercepted Shiloh quarterback Devante James two plays later, snuffing out the Generals' only first half scoring opportunity.
Early in the second period, Mayes picked off his first pass at the Dacula 25, and returned it across the field, all the way to the Shiloh 32. After a 16-yard pass by quarterback Brandon Goodson to fullback Josh Lovin moved the ball to the Shiloh 4, Mayes scampered in for a 7-0 Dacula lead.
Dacula (1-7, 1-5) got a short field again later in the quarter when the center snap on fourth down sailed over Shiloh punter Morgan Blake's head, and he fell on the ball on the Shiloh 34. On a fourth-and-9, Goodson lofted a screen pass over several Shiloh rushers into the hands of Jacque Evangelister, giving Dacula a first down on the 15. A sneak by Goodson three plays later made it 14-0.
"The screen pass broke the game open and gave us the momentum for good," Zito said.
Mayes iced the game early in the third quarter. After Shiloh's Davonta Henderson returned the second half kickoff to the Shiloh 45, Mayes intercepted a pass on the first play from scrimmage and returned it 65 yards for a TD and a 21-0 lead.
Shiloh (3-6, 1-6) avoided its second consecutive shutout with a 51-yard drive midway through the fourth quarter. After backup quarterback Will Larimore hit Cameron Stewart with a 42-yard strike, sophomore running back Charles Shavers scored on a 5 yard run.
Goodson led all passers by completing 9 of 12 passes for 74 yards. Lovin was his leading receiver, grabbing four balls for 46 yards.
Shiloh's Shavers led all rushers with 48 yards on 14 carries. Stewart had three receptions for 99 yards.