DULUTH -- After a tough game last week, the Duluth offense got back on track in a big way by picking up its first region win on the season, defeating Meadowcreek 52-6 on homecoming Friday night.
For Wildcats head coach Corey Jarvis, it was very important to see his team bounce back after a tough loss last week to Norcross. "We kind of found a little click up front," Jarvis said. "We've had to move some kids around on the offensive line and we finally had a little attitude tonight, which we were missing last week."
The Wildcats (2-3, 1-2 Region 7-AAAAAA) took advantage of great field position in the first half, going 58 yards on 10 plays on their opening possession. Following the first of two one-yard touchdown runs by Jordan Dooley, Duluth forced a three and out. Myles Campbell returned the ensuing punt to the Meadowcreek 27. Three plays later, Dooley punched it in for his second TD. With 0:42 to play in the first quarter, the Wildcats had a 14-0 lead.
Late in the second quarter, the Mustangs (0-5, 0-3 Region 7-AAAAAA) faced a fourth down in their own territory. They went for it but fumbled, giving the Wildcats the ball at the Duluth 38 with 2:03 to play in the half. Four plays later Tyler Campbell took off for a 34-yard TD run to give the Wildcats a 24-0 halftime lead. Campbell also had a 37-yard run on the same drive.
"They picked up on the things we talked about this week on special teams, especially on punt returns, and they did a great job rushing the punter to keep them from getting a good punt off," Jarvis said. "That's a little confidence booster for us."
Duluth received the opening kickoff of the second half, and just like he ended the first half, Campbell continued his impressive night as he went 68 yards for another score on the third play of the drive. Campbell ended his night with 197 yards rushing on just 11 attempts and two TDs and also was three of five passing for 50 yards and a score.
Myles Campbell continued his great night of punt returns in the third quarter when he was able to break one and go 45 yards for a TD with 8:35 to play, making it 38-0 Wildcats. Also in the third quarter, Jordan Dandridge was on the receiving end of Campbell's lone TD pass on a 27-yard strike, and Tyrone Scott scored on a 30-yard run.
The lone bright spot for the Mustangs came on the kickoff following Scott's TD as Keyon Rich had a 99-yard return for a TD to spoil the shutout for the Wildcats. Ryan Moore also had 63 yards rushing on 21 carries for Meadowcreek.