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Grayson defeats Central Gwinnett in shutout fashion, 28-0

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Cameryn Brent (33) racked up 153 rushing yards for Grayson in the Rams win over Central Gwinnett on Friday night.

Grayson hosted Central Gwinnett on Friday night in a Region 8-AAAAAA contest that matched the undefeated Rams with a Black Knights team that needed a win to stay in the chase for the region title. The Grayson defense was smothering once again and Cameryn Brent powered a ground attack that allowed the Rams to control the clock as Grayson downed Central by a 28-0 count.

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The Grayson defense allowed Central QB Eric Forrest (15) to throw for 213 yards but made big plays to keep the Black Knights out of the end zone.

This was a game that pitted a Central (4-3, 3-2) offense that had averaged 24 points a game in their first seven games of the season against a Grayson (8-0, 6-0) defense that had allowed just 51 points in their first seven games, a 7.2 average. If the old football adage that says offense wins games while defense wins championships is true, Grayson may be on their way to a state title in Georgia’s largest classification.

The Rams have one football state championship, having earned the AAAAA title in 2011 when the team went 15-0 and finished the season as the No.1 ranked team in Georgia and No. 18 nationally by MaxPreps.

The 28-0 victory over Central is Grayson’s second shutout in the last three games, third of the season, and keeps the Rams at the top of the region standings. Dacula (7-0, 5-0) defeated Brookwood (2-6, 2-4) Friday to remain undefeated and trails the Rams by a half-game with the two teams scheduled to meet this week.

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Forrest was picked off twice in 43 attempts in the Central loss to Grayson.

While the Grayson defense allowed the duo of Eric Forrest (26-of-43 for 213 passing yards) and Major Bellamy (9 R for 57 yards) to pick up yards, they made big plays-including two interceptions at critical times- that kept Central off the scoreboard and Brent carried the ball 30 times for 153 yards on the night and scored a touchdown to lead the offense.

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Grayson DE Bryce Morias (90) is part of a Rams defense that has shutout two of their last three opponents. 

Set to receive the second-half kick and trailing by just two touchdowns Central seemed poised to start a comeback but a fumbled return changed that quickly. The Rams recovered and turned the turnover into a three touchdown lead less than a minute into the third quarter and then put together a fourth-quarter scoring drive that extended their lead to four touchdowns that took more than six and a half minutes off the clock to secure the win.

While Grayson and Dacula will meet in a battle of undefeated teams in Week 10, Central will be home against defending region champion Archer (4-3, 4-1).

Gwinnett Daily Post, Georgia High School Football Daily and MaxPreps were stat sources for this article.

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