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Dacula downs Grayson to take lead in Region 8-AAAAAA title chase

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Dacula QB Giovanni Lugo was behind center in the win over Grayson for the first time since suffering a broken collarbone against Mill Creek on September 5. Image courtesy Dacula Falcon Football.

Grayson went on the road to take on Dacula in a battle of undefeated teams in Week 10 and the Falcons came away as the lone remaining undefeated team in Region 8-AAAAAA after handing the Rams their first loss of the season, 27-17. The victory gives Dacula the region lead while Grayson falls a game back in the loss column. Defending region champion Archer won their fifth straight game after beginning the season 0-3 and is still in the hunt for the title.

Related: Region 7-AAAAAA Tightens

Week 10 Game Results

Archer 35 @ Central 14

Central scored first in the contest with Archer to take a first quarter 7-0 lead, but then the Tigers scored three touchdowns in less than five minutes in the second stanza to hold a 21-7 advantage at the break. After a scoreless third quarter, the Black Knights fought back to pull to within seven points after Eric Forrest and Chris Shelling connected for a 17 yard TD with 7:20 left in the game.

Kyle Davis pushed the Archer lead back to 14 points just 17 seconds later when he took the ensuing kickoff at the Tiger 20 yard line and took it to the house. Archer added another TD late in the quarter when Gabe Tiller and Randy Nails teamed up for their second TD pass and catch of the game-both from 15 yards out-to secure their fifth victory in a row.

Players of the Game: Gabe Tiller threw four TD passes while going 21-of- 32 passing for 277 yards in the win.


Gabe Tiller threw four TD passes to lead Archer in the win over Central.

Berkmar 0 @ South Gwinnett 32

South Gwinnett kept their playoff hopes alive by shutting out Berkmar while putting 32 points on the board on the way to their second straight win.

Player of the Game: Seth Johnston tossed three touchdown passes to three different receivers in the Comet victory.

Grayson 17 @ Dacula 27

Dacula began the fourth quarter trailing visiting Grayson by four points, 17-13, in a battle between the only teams still undefeated both in the region and overall. The score remained unchanged until the Falcons capitalized on a Ram turnover deep in their own territory when Giovanni Luggo hit Jonathan Grant for a 20 yard score to take the lead with a little over three minutes to go in the final stanza.

Any hopes of a comeback for the Grayson faithful were dashed when Lawson Cook came up with a pick-6 for Dacula on a Chase Brice pass attempt to push the Ram deficit to 10 points, 27-17, with just 89 ticks of the clock remaining in the game. It was the sixth of what was a seven turnover game for Grayson.

Last week’s GSR Offensive Player of the Week Cameryn Brent had another solid effort. After carrying the ball 30 times for 153 yards and a touchdown in Grayson’s Week 9 win against Central, he totaled 130 yards on 27 rushes with a TD in the loss to the Falcons.

Player of the Game: Dacula linebacker Lawson Cook recovered the fumble that resulted in the Falcons taking the lead, and then the senior had the interception that he returned for a score to lock up the big region W.

Parkview 49 @ Shiloh 27

Parkview faced a must-win game last week against Shiloh to stay alive in the playoff battle royal, and the Panthers stepped up by downing the Generals on the road by a 49-27 count. The win sets the stage for a crucial game with Central this week which matches two of the three teams fighting for the fourth and final region playoff spot.


Player of the Game: Parkview QB Jack Chambers totaled 365 yards of offense (103 rushing, 262 passing) and had six TDs-three passing and three rushing-in the win.


Brookwood did not play

AAAAAA Region 8 Standings

Dacula (6-0, 8-0)

Grayson (6-1, 8-1)

Archer (5-1, 5-3)

Central (3-3, 4-4)

Parkview (3-3, 4-4)

South (3-4, 4-5)

Brookwood (2-4, 2-6)

Berkmar (0-6, 0-8)

Shiloh (0-6, 1-7)

Week 12 Schedule

Brookwood @ Grayson

Central Gwinnett @ Parkview

Dacula @ Archer

Shiloh @ Berkmar

South Gwinnett does not play

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

Images provided by Classic Image Photography unless otherwise noted.

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