Posted: Friday, September 21st 2012 at 10:05pm
Falcons rout Loganville, stay perfect in 8-AAAAA
By Jeff Hart Staff
Flowery Branch's Jamaad Stephens, left, outruns the Loganville defense on Friday at Flowery Branch. / photo: Amy Kellogg
FLOWERY BRANCH – Flowery Branch has definitely put the first two weeks of the new season in the rear-view mirror.
For the second straight week the Falcons rode their explosive offense to a win, this time routing Loganville 47-14 Friday night in their Region 8-AAAAA home opener at Falcons Field. Flowery Branch has averaged 46 points during its current two-game win streak after averaging just 11.5 points in its first two games, both losses.
Flowery Branch (2-2, 2-0 in region) erupted for four touchdowns in a 4:42 span of the first quarter to turn a 7-0 deficit into a 26-7. Justin Curry had two scores, one receiving and one rushing, and Jackson McDonald had two rushing touchdowns to help blow the game open.
Justin Curry would finish with 137 yards and three touchdowns and McDonald would add 91 yards and two scores for Flowery Branch.
"I thought both of them were outstanding and the whole offense is understanding better what we're trying to do," Griffin said. "I was never worried because we had new guys at key positions and they needed time to learn. We're getting closer every week."
The defense, however, had perhaps its best game of the season. The Red Devils finished with 228 yards rushing, but 138 came on Loganville’s two scoring runs, including a 94-yard TD run by Tony White on the first play of the game. The Falcons forced four turnovers. The unit had allowed over 30 points a game before Friday.
"The No. 1 unit pretty much pitched a shutout except for one play," Griffin said. "They played hard and kept working hard. A great effort (tonight)."
The Falcons defense helped set up the offense picking off two passes and recovering one fumble in the first quarter alone.
Jacob Allen set up the Falcons’ second score with an interception return to the Loganville 7 and Isaiah Murphy set up the Falcons third touchdown stripping Loganville quarterback Tony White at the Red Devils 20.
Despite the Falcons outburst, Loganville (1-3, 0-2) actually had the early lead. White went around right end on the Red Devils’ first play of the game and outraced the Falcons defense for a 94-yard touchdown run.
After Flowery Branch was forced to punt on its next possession, Allen and the defense would turn the game around. Allen stepped in front of a Loganville receiver and returned it to the Red Devils 7. The Falcons capped the short drive with a 12-yard pass from McDonald to Justin Curry with 6:41 left in the first quarter to tie the game at 7-7.
"That was a huge play," Griffin said. "We talk about momentum builders and that was one right there. That got the rest of the team going."
After forcing Loganville to punt on its next possession, the Falcons answered with a long drive on their next possession, highlighted by a 70-yard run from Justin Curry and capped by a 7-yard TD run from McDonald for a 13-7 lead.
On Loganville’s next possession, Murphy would strip White and McDonald scored two plays later on a 5-yard run for a 19-7 lead with 3:13 left in the first quarter. After forcing yet another Loganville punt, Justin Curry would finish off another short drive with a 5-yard run for a 26-7 lead.
Justin Curry would push the lead to 40-7 early in the third quarter on a 40-yard run and Darius Curry made it a 47-7 lead five minutes later on a serpentine 82-yard run.
Loganville got its final score on a 44-yard run by Bernard Merriweather, who finished with 97 yards, late in the fourth quarter.
NOTES: The Falcons seniors are 15-4 at home since 2009…..The Red Devils are 0-3 in road games this season and have lost 4 of their last 5 on the road going back to last year after going 8-6 in road games the previous three seasons.
Loganville......7....0.....0.....7 -- 14
F. Branch.....26....7....14....0 -- 47
Log – White 96 run (Flynn kick) 9:29, 7-0
FB – J. Curry 12 pass from McDonald (Middleton kick) 6:41, 7-7
FB – McDonald 7 run (kick failed) 13-7, 6:15
FB – McDonald 5 run (pass failed) 19-7, 3:13
FB – J. Curry 5 run (Middleton kick) 26-7, 1:59
FB – McDonald 13 run (Middleton kick) 33-7, 4:19
FB – J. Curry 40 run (Middleton kick) 40-7, 9:18
FB – D. Curry 82 run (Middleton kick) 47-7, 4:30
Log – Merriweather 44 run (Flynn kick) 47-14, 10:13
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