Shiloh quarterback Devante James (17) dives for yardage during the first quarter of Friday's game against South Gwinnett.
SNELLVILLE -- South Gwinnett quarterback Jordan Ramey passed for four touchdowns and ran for another, personally snapping Shiloh's three-game win streak Friday night en route to a 31-0 victory at Richard Snell Community Stadium.
Facing its first strong region opponent after its first 3-0 start since 1991, Shiloh's defense was shredded by South Gwinnett's balanced offense for 24 first-half points. Scoring on four of their six first-half possessions, the Comets racked up 288 yards in the first half while holding Shiloh (3-1, 1-1 Region 8-AAAAAA) to 75 yards and only three first downs, including one by penalty.
"We tried to get the ball into our playmakers' hands early, and they did a good job of making big plays against a good defense," said South Gwinnett head coach John Small. "I was proud of our defense, too. After we scored early, Shiloh came up with a big kickoff return, but we held them without a first down and took control of the game."
Ramey struck quickly, hitting L.J. Gainey on a 43-yard pass on the first play from scrimmage as part of an eight-play, 80-yard drive, and the Comets were off and running. Seven plays later, Gainey snared a 10-yard Ramey pass for the first of his two TDs in the half.
Shiloh's Trevon Jones returned the kickoff to the Comets' 28, but South Gwinnett held the Generals to only four yards in four plays. South immediately marched 73 yards for its second TD, which finished a seven-play drive featuring runs of 27 yards by Bernard Morrison and 18 by Josh Boyd, with Ramey scampering the final 10 for the score.
Shiloh's offense was ineffective throughout the half, going three and out on four possessions and ending the half with an interception by South's Mason Hart.
South Gwinnett (3-1, 2-0) made the Generals pay with two 45-yard TD drives. Following a 34-yard punt return by Morrison to the Comets' 49 early in the second quarter, Ramey hit Coray Keel with a 45-yard strike two plays later. On South's next possession, Ramey needed only four plays before finding Gainey on an 18-yard post pattern to give the Comets a 24-0 halftime lead.
Ramey completed 6 of 14 yards for 136 yards in the first half and finished with 12 of 23 for 216 yards and four TDs.
South's defense stymied Shiloh quarterback Devante James, holding him to 31 yards on 3 of 16 passing with one interception. Unable to pick up yardage in the passing game, the Generals relied heavily on running backs Grant Swinton and Jones. Swinton led all Shiloh rushers with 92 yards on 12 carries while Jones had 57 yards on 17 carries.