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Falcons start fast, roll up big lead en route to 48-14 win

POSTED: September 20, 2013 10:50 p.m.

LOGANVILLE — Flowery Branch scored at will early in Friday’s game, building up a 48-0 halftime lead on the way to a 48-14 win over Loganville.

The game allowed the Falcons to improve to 2-0 against Region 8-AAAAA competition while Loganville dropped to 0-2.

Flowery Branch piled up 145 yards passing and 216 on the ground for a total of 361 yards. Loganville failed to cross the 50-yard line in the first half, yet ended the night with 234 yards of total offense. The Red Devils ran for 209 but generated only 25 passing yards with three interceptions.

Falcon quarterback Jackson McDonald enjoyed one of the biggest performances of his career with five carries for 96 yards and three touchdowns. The senior completed six throws in 11 attempts for 145 yards and a TD with no interceptions.

Flowery Branch scored on its opening series. Cameron Davis returned the kickoff from the 5 to the 47-yard line. Three plays later, McDonald hit Davante King with a 2-yard scoring pass. The 2-point conversion gave the Falcons an 8-0 lead.

Loganville began its first offensive possession at its own 20. Quarterback Royce Harrison was intercepted on his first throw by Cooper Harrison, giving the ball to Flowery Branch at the Red Devils’ 40-yard line.

McDonald carried it into the end zone on the first play from scrimmage to put the Falcons on top 14-0.

The Red Devils managed the first of four first-half first downs on their next offensive series but punted on fourth-and-9.

Taking advantage of another short field, Flowery Branch scored on fourth-and-1 as Jeremiah Goss ran 38 yards for a touchdown and a 20-0 lead midway the first quarter.

A 52-yard scamper by King, a 45-yarder by McDonald, a 34-yard pass from McDonald to Davis and an interception return of 33 yards by King allowed the Falcons to take a 48-0 lead into the dressing room at intermission.

Loganville took the second half kickoff and drove 80 yards in 13 plays for their first touchdown. Jonah Tompkins dove in from the 1 with 4 minutes, 42 seconds to go on a running clock in the third quarter.

Loganville’s second score of the contest came with 2:14 remaining in the game. After forcing a Flowery Branch punt, the Devils marched 29 yards. Sophomore quarterback Ryan English found the end zone from the 1-yard line to account for the final score.


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