Milton 56, Johns Creek 13

JOHNS CREEK – Though his services weren’t as much needed Friday night as the week before, Treyvon Paulk was more than happy to “volunteer” them.

The Milton Eagles senior running back and University of Tennessee commit had another monster night, but it was the Eagles’ defense that led them to a 56-13 win over Johns Creek in a battle of AAAAAA rivals.

Paulk rushed for 102 yards and four touchdowns on 15 carries – including 76 yards and three scores in the first half – for the Eagles (2-0). This followed his performance from a week ago, when he rushed for 227 yards and three touchdowns, including the game winner in an overtime victory against Alpharetta.

He didn’t need a clutch moment against Johns Creek though. The Milton defense helped to make sure of it in the first half, forcing two safeties and a fumble while holding the Gladiators to 12 yards of offense. With a 35-0 lead through two quarters, the game was all but decided by halftime and a running clock was used for the fourth quarter.

“Our defense stepped it up a lot tonight,” said Paulk, who sat most of the second half. “They were flying around and making plays.”

The Eagles lost their chance for a shutout with 9:16 remaining in the third, when Johns Creek’s Grey Overton caught a 30-yard pass from Kevin Nalecz for a touchdown.

Milton is looking to build from last year’s 7-4 season that included a playoff appearance. The Eagles’ undefeated start comes in the face of losing seven offensive starters. That Friday’s win was against the Gladiators made it much sweeter for Milton.

“Last year they got us in a tough one, so it felt good to come out this year and get them,” said Paulk, referring to a 14-9 Gladiators win in 2012. “We came out and played our game.”

Without starting quarterback Austin Pack – who has yet to play this season because of injury – and the loss of 18 starters to graduation, Johns Creek (0-2) is hoping to avoid its first losing season since 2010, which was the program’s second season of existence.

Johns Creek will travel to play Roswell next week, while Milton will travel to Centennial. It’s the final game before region play for both teams.

Milton 16 19 14 7 – 56

John’s Creek 0 0 7 6 – 13

M – Treyvon Paulk 1 run (Jordan Genovese kick)

M – Team safety

M – Chad Toliver 1 run (Genovese kick)

M – Genovese 32 FG

M – Paulk 19 run (Genovese kick)

M – Team safety

M – Paulk 2 run (Genovese kick)

J – Grey Overton 30 pass from Kevin Nalecz (Austin Ruoff kick)

M – Paulk 2 run (Genovese kick)

M – Chris Purpura 2 run (Genovese kick)

M – Chris Turner 3 run (Genovese kick)

J – Cody Hardage 7 run (kick failed)

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