Posted: Saturday, August 24th 2013 at 11:38pm
No. 4 North Gwinnett rallies past No. 5 Camden County
By staff reports
ATLANTA – Any questions about North Gwinnett’s offense were answered Saturday.
Junior Hayden Sphire shook off a rough start to toss three touchdown passes and threw for over 200 yards to lead the Class AAAAAA No. 4 Bulldogs to a 34-14 win over No.5 Camdem County in the Corky Kell Classic at the Georgia Dome.
North Gwinnett (1-0) trailed 7-0 early but got one TD pass from Sphire to Nate Brown and then Chris Leggett scored early in the second quarter to give the Bulldogs a 14-7 lead. Camden (0-1) tied the game at 14 one play of Leggett’s TD run but North Gwinnett scored 20 unanswered points over the next 18 minutes of the second and third quarters to take control.
Leggett finished with 138 yards rushing for the Bulldogs.
Michael D’Angola had a solid game for North Gwinnett connecting on field goals of 18 and 40 yards.
North Gwinnett, playing one of the toughest schedules in the state, will travel to Grayson on Friday in a rematch of last year’s second round playoff game. The Bulldogs will then have a week off before opening their Region 7-AAAAAA schedule against defending state champion Norcross on the road.
NOTES: North Gwinnett is now 3-1 all-time in the Corky Kell Classic at the Georgia Dome. . .The Bulldogs are now 6-2 in season openers under Bob Sphire. . .The 34 points allowed by Camden was the most allowed by the Wildcats since a 42-28 loss to St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) in 2010. . .Camden County was 12-1 in season openers coming into Saturday’s game. The only loss in that span was to Grayson, 14-10, in 2009 at the Georgia Dome.
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