Grayson 52, Central Gwinnett 0

By Michael Alpert

For the AJC

Defending Class AAAAA champion Grayson had little difficulty handling visiting Central Gwinnett 52-0 in a Region 8-AAAAAA game Friday night.

The No. 8 Rams scored on six of eight first-half possessions en route to leading 42-0 at intermission and never were challenged seriously. Grayson wasn’t forced to punt until late in the third quarter of its sixth consecutive victory against the Black Knights.

With more than 40 points in a third consecutive game and now 36 a night on average, the Rams atoned for their lone loss in their region opener, 22-7 to Parkview, on Sept. 14.

“I like the fact that we’re scoring a lot of points,” Rams coach Mickey Conn said. “But we’re playing well on defense and special teams, too.”

Grayson dominated from the outset, outgaining Central 447-29 yards with 199 in the air and 248 on the ground. The Rams failed to score in the first half only when Wayne Gallman fumbled on Central’s 34 4:32 before intermission and when Alex Louthan missed a 28-yard field goal as the half expired. Otherwise, the Rams (5-1, 3-1) had little trouble backing up their 22-0 blanking of the Knights (3-2, 1-2) last season.

David Fennell put the Rams up 7-0 with a 4-yard run with 5:41 to play in the first quarter, and Wayne Gallman upped that to 14-0 with his 3-yarder less than three minutes later. Jay Strickland’s interception set up Jordan Germany’s 8-yard run for a 21-0 lead late in the first and David McTier’s 61-yard pass to Cory Schaeffer put the Rams ahead 28-0 with 10:49 until halftime.

McTier passed 36 yards to Germany for a 35-0 lead, and Aares McCall’s 24-yard run gave the Rams their 42-0 halftime advantage. Louthan put Grayson ahead 45-0 with his 42-yard field goal with 11:45 to play, and Christian Rall provided Grayson’s final margin on a 5-yard run with about three minutes left on a running clock.

Conn likes how Grayson is playing entering next week’s region game at Berkmar, a team they’ve beaten six straight times, before hosting region co-leader South Gwinnett the following week. Conn said region wins are vital to qualifying for the playoffs as Grayson aims for a sixth consecutive appearance in at least the state quarterfinals.

“It’s all about getting into the playoffs at this point and making a run,” he said.

GRAYSON 52, CENTRAL GWINNETT 0

Central Gwinnett: 0 0 0 0 – 0

Grayson: 21 21 0 10 – 52

G — David Fennell 4 run (Alex Louthan kick)

G — Wayne Gallman 3 run (Louthan kick)

G — Jordan Germany 8 run (Louthan kick)

G — Cory Schaeffer 61 pass from David McTier (Louthan kick)

G — Germany 36 pass from McTier (Louthan kick)

G — Aares McCall 24 run (Louthan kick)

G — Louthan 42 FG

G — Christian Rall 5 run (Louthan kick)

4 comments Add your comment

Fred

October 6th, 2012
12:39 am

I think the Rams looked the best they have all season. We were able to run a fast paced offense and a hurry up offense. I know that sounds redundant but if you had seem it you would know what I mean. Central is a much better team than the score would lead you to believe. Their QB can sling the ball and he has some good receivers. We were fortunate do be able to defend against them as well as we did. The D stepped up big time and looked more like the Grayson D we have known from the past.

BamaBornDukie

October 6th, 2012
1:18 am

How did Nkemdiche do stats wise tonight? He seems a little heavy and hence not as explosive as he was in 2011. I could be wrong but I think he needs to drop 10-15 pounds and regain his burst from last season.

GHS#22

October 6th, 2012
3:33 pm

Well, back to supporting our Rams…………I been traveling to games at the next level watching my boy play.

Shout out to the 2010 and 2011 Rams playing on Saturdays……….These are a few doing well stat wise.

Denzel Nkemdiche – Ole Miss 5GP 32 tackles 1int 2sacks
Anthony Shakir – Bevard College 6GP 21 Tackles 1ff
Aaron Nichols – Campbell University 5GP 19 tackles 3bkups
Jessie Hogan – St. Francis University 6GP 15 tackles 1int 1sack
Joseph Champaign – Air force 4GP 11 tackles 1sack
Shawn Green – Georgia Tech 5GP 8 tackles

Shout out to the others playing on Saturdays as well.

Gwinnettian

October 7th, 2012
8:07 pm

Central Gwinnett played without their QB. It wouldn’t have made a huge difference, but Central had no offense without him.