Clinching an outright subregion title doesn’t get much easier than it was for North Hall on Friday night.
The Trojans used 19 different ball carriers to roll up 303 yards of rushing, and didn’t punt until the final play en route to a 49-0 whitewash of Gilmer at The Brickyard.
With the victory, North Hall (7-2, 5-0) clinched first place in Region 7A-AAA and homefield advantage in the first round of the state playoffs in two weeks.
"I was pleased with our kids, I thought we played pretty hard tonight," North Hall Coach Bob Christmas.
The Trojans got rolling on defense first when Nathan Jones redeemed an interception he tossed on the opening possession with a pick of his own that he ran back 47 yards to open the scoring.
From there, North Hall went to work on offense with three straight scoring drives. Peyton Wilhoite, Jordan Chaffin and Ben Booth all capped drives with short touchdown runs to take a commanding 28-0 lead into the locker room.
Defensively North Hall was stout all night, controlling the line of scrimmage and allowing only two first downs and 96 yards of total offense for Gilmer.
"The defense played really well, we dominated up front, and the linebackers did a good job playing the option," Christmas said.
In the second half, the Trojans were able to empty the bench a bit and give some people an opportunity to showcase talents. In addition, Randy Olson and Trevor Holbrooks got into the end zone with touchdown runs.
With the subregion title in hand, North Hall, winner of six straight, now can prepare for the playoffs and hope for help from Flowery Branch against Gainesville for a shot at a top seed and the potential for two home games.
"We’re trying to get a little better each week," Christmas said. "If you want to do anything in the playoffs, it’s important to continue to progress. You don’t want to level off."