Three fourth-quarter Quinton Turner interceptions helped Miller Grove hold off Lithonia in a 27-6 victory Friday.
Playing from behind pretty much all night, the Bulldogs (0-2) had their shots to catch back up late. But all three of their final-quarter possessions ended with the ball in Turner’s hands.
The first two of those found them in Miller Grove territory, fighting for a touchdown that could have made it a one-score game. But on both, Turner got defensive position from the right corner and snagged the Rashan Sullivan pass to thwart the opportunity.
The second one was the biggest, with Lithonia on the Miller Grove 15-yard line, down just 21-6 with more than 8 minutes left.
Turner sat back on the play and just waited for the ball to come in his direction.
“It was a 10-yard out,” Turner said. “I just read the quarterback’s eyes, and I got it.”
It’s the type of play Miller Grove coach Damien Wimes has come to expect from his junior defensive back, who is turning into one of the better young corners in the area.
“He played a very good game,” Wimes said. “He’s a very smart, very cerebral player. He baited the quarterback (on the second interception). He does that in practice a lot. That’s what smart players do.”
On the offensive side, the Wolverines (1-0) had a strong three-man backfield, combining for 246 yards. That group was led by Royal Lee, who ran for a game-high 103 yards on nine carries, including three touchdowns coming on his first three carries of the game.
The second was the longest run of the game, following a Jonquavious McBride blocked punt. Miller Grove started at the Lithonia 37-yard line and, two penalties later, were staring at a second-and-31 play from their own 42.
That was when Lee burst through the left side for an untouched 58-yard scamper that put Miller Grove up 15-0 after a two-point conversion.
Wimes said they never know who will be the main guy in the backfield on any given night, and some of knowing where the carries will go comes with a feel for his guys.
“Royal was hot tonight,” Wimes said. “We kind of look for the hot hand. Some of it is dictated by formations. After that, we just go with who’s hot.”
L 0 6 0 0 – 6
M 15 0 6 6 – 27
M – Royal Lee 1 run (Kwame Simon kick)
M – Lee 58 run (Myles Hughes pass from Chris Berry)
L – Kevin Hudson 3 run (pass failed)
M – Lee 2 run (kick failed)
M – Myles Hughes 19 pass from Ken Allen (kick failed)