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A game-by-game look at North Hall's season to this point

POSTED: December 19, 2007 5:03 a.m.

SEPT. 7 vs. Pickens
W 56-0

With its bye week coming in Week 1, North Hall began its season seven days later than most teams in the state, but when they finally hit the field it was obvious they were ready to play.

In the first of three consecutive shutouts to open the season, the Trojans blew away Pickens with 394 yards, including 313 rushing on 41 carries. Hunter Wolf led the way with 126 yards on eight carries.

The North Hall defense, meanwhile, held the Dragons to 15 rushing yards in the first half and intercepted four Pickens passes.

Sept. 14 at Johnson
W 29-0

The Knights did something no other team would do against the Trojans until the second round of the playoffs — hold them to fewer than 40 points. Still, it wasn’t nearly enough as Johnson managed just 96 yards rushing.

Dylon Wolf’s 70-yard touchdown return of a Johnson fumble just before halftime gave the Trojans a comfortable 21-0 cushion and deflated the Knights’ hopes of an upset.

Hunter Wolf again led the offense with 105 rushing yards on 14 carries.

Sept. 21 at West Hall
W 42-0

The Trojans led 12-0 after two quarters before finding their form in the second half and putting the game away. West Hall found more offensive success than most Trojan foes, but were turned away four times inside the red zone.

Opening up the passing game, North Hall finished with more than 500 yards of offense, led by quarterback Fabian Jackson who completed 9 of his 12 attempts for 209 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for a score and blocked a Spartans field goal attempt.

Sept. 28 at Gainesville
W 41-22

In one of the most highly-anticipated games of the season, the Trojans gave up their first points of the season, but left no doubts as to who was the best team on Bobby Gruhn Field on that night.

Gainesville’s explosive passing offense was successful moving the ball much of the night, but two Fabian Jackson interceptions — and another big night for the Trojan offense — gave North Hall the big win.

Virtually every facet of North Hall’s wing-T offense was clicking as the Trojans rolled up 359 yards on the ground, and fell just six yards short of their second straight 500-yard output.

Oct. 5 vs. Flowery Branch
W 41-14
 

With the Red Elephants out of the way, most assumed only the Falcons would be able to challenge North Hall’s run through Region 7-AAA. Instead, the Trojans’ march continued with another dominating performance.

Both teams entered the game unbeaten and ranked in Class AAA’s top 10, but by halftime North Hall held a 21-7 lead. By the end of the third quarter the score was 35-7 and Flowery Branch had yet to score an offensive touchdown.

Hunter Wolf rushed for 124 yards, Bobby Epps accounted for three touchdowns, and Jackson Griffeth recorded 17 tackles as the Trojans moved to 5-0.

Oct. 12 at White County
W 49-7

More of the same. The Warriors entered with a three-game winnning streak, but less than 90 seconds into the third quarter they were already down by four scores.

Bobby Epps scored five touchdowns and a two-point conversion, and finished with 80 yards on nine carries. Hunter Wolf carried nine times for 172 yards and added an 85-yard kickoff return that set up one of Epps’ scores. For the the night, the Trojans totaled 338 rushing yards on 33 carries.

Oct. 19 vs. Gilmer
W 68-6

Ten touchdowns scored by nine different players. Football doesn’t get much more balanced than that.

En route to what would be a short-lived school record for points in a game, North Hall led 54-0 at halftime and finished with 401 rushing on 36 carries.

Oct. 26 vs. Lumpkin County
W 56-9

The Trojans topped 400 rushing yards for the second straight week, torching the Indians for 441 yards on 35 carries. Epps led the team with 169 yards and three scores on 10 carries, and Dylon Wolf chewed up 134 rushing yards on just five carries, including a 47-yard score.

North Hall led 35-9 at halftime and put the game well out of reach with a pair of Andrew Peck touchdowns in the third quarter.

Nov. 3 at East Hall
W 73-20

The Vikings scored more than anybody had all season against North Hall. The bad news for East Hall was that by the time they got on the scoreboard, the Trojans were leading 66-0.

A 60-yard scoring run by sophomore Ben Booth in the fourth quarter gave the 2007 Trojans the school record for points in a game for the second time in three weeks.

Nov. 10 at Chestatee
W 53-6

On the brink of an unbeaten regular season, the Trojans still had to take care of the War Eagles to clinch their second consecutive Region 7-AAA championship.

By halftime, the celebration was on.

North Hall stormed to 40 first-half points and topped 50 for the fourth straight game. Led by Epps (137 yards, nine carries) the Trojans rushed for 350 yards on 31 attempts and kept Chestatee out of the end zone until late in the fourth quarter.

STATE PLAYOFFS

Nov. 17 vs. McNair
W 41-20

For the second consecutive year the Trojans welcomed the Mustangs to The Brickyard, and for a second consecutive year they ended the Mustangs’ season in a high-scoring playoff affair.

The Trojans managed a 27-7 lead at halftime and kept McNair at arm’s length with another bruising effort from the ground game. Epps rushed 15 times for 150 yards and Hunter Wolf had 112 yards on 13 carries as the Trojans again topped 300 yards of rushing offense.

Nov. 24 vs. Sandy Creek
W 21-7

Needing a win to secure its third trip to the quarterfinals in four years, North Hall received its toughest challenge yet.

After battling to a scoreless tie in the first half, the Trojans struck first after Hunter Wolf recovered a Sandy Creek fumble, then punched it in from 2 yards out a few plays later. Sandy Creek tied the game early in the fourth on a 65-yard pass play, but North Hall countered with two scores late in the game.

Jackson scored a 23-yard run to give the Trojans a 14-7 advantage, then Hunter Wolf sealed the outcome with a 23-yard strip-and-score on Sandy Creek’s ensuing possession.

Dec. 1 vs. Perry
W 12-10

It came down to a field goal. All season long, the Trojans had their eyes on the first trip to the state semifinals in school history, and with less that 10 seconds hanging on the clock they were clutching to a two-point lead as Perry lined up for a 28-yard kick.

Moments later, the Trojan fans were pouring onto the field in joyous celebration.

The kick missed. North Hall is going to the Dome.

For the first time all season, the Trojans actually trailed after a Perry field goal in the first quarter. They answered with a 50-yard Dylon Wolf touchdown run in the first quarter and a 6-yard Hunter Wolf score in the second, but the PAT missed each time.

Perry cut the lead to two on a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter, then took over possession with 4:10 seconds left to play and drove methodically down the field to set up the field goal attempt in the waning seconds.

Both Bobby Epps and Hunter Wolf topped 100 rushing yards as the Trojans rushed for 358. Perry also moved the ball well, accumulating 416 yards of total offense.

The biggest number of the night? 4-0. That’s the number of Perry turnovers to those committed by North Hall.



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