mostlycloudy
Monday February 8th, 2016 7:25AM
5:27PM ( 13 hours ago ) Weather Alert

Gainesville bounces back to stone Rome, 41-14

By staff
GAINESVILLE -- What slump?

Gainesville football busted its first two-game losing skid since 2007 in emphatic fashion on Friday night, smacking Rome 41-14 in the first round of the Class AAAAA playoffs at City Park in Gainesville.

The Red Elephants (8-3) showed no ill effects from last week's gut-wrenching one-point loss in a Region 8-AAAAA title showdown, dominating the Bears (8-3) from start to finish, as they moved on to the second round of the postseason.

The Red Elephants will travel to face Kell next Friday in Marietta.

Highlights: Gainesville vs Rome from WDUN TV on Vimeo.



Gainesville's spread offense will certainly hope for more of what they produced this week. Led by quarterback Deshaun Watson, the Red Elephants torched Rome for 477 yards in the first round, including 298 yards and five touchdowns from the junior signal caller.

For all the talk of Rome's dominant ground game, the Red Elephants showed they too can run with effect, rushing 30 times for 269 yards, including 74 yards and a score on seven carries from Michael Byrd and 73 yards on 10 attempts by Jay Gaudlock. Watson also rushed for 90 yards and a TD.

Tray Harrison also had a big night for the Red Elephants, hauling in seven catches for 39 yards, while Chastin Newman caught two touchdown passes. Rodney Lackey also caught four passes for 52 yards and a score, while Caleb Hayman managed two grabs for 47 yards and a score.

Meanwhile, the Gainesville defense held the Bears' potent wing-T attack in check, as standout running backs Myron Washington and Frank Griffin managed just 65 and 69 yards, respectively. Gainesville also shut Rome's rushing attack out of the end zone until the fourth quarter when Washington scored from five yards. By then, the Red Elephants were already cruising toward next week's second round.

Rome finished the night with just 281 yards offense and only 111 in the first half. Gainesville did allow one touchdown pass in the first half, Bo Tucker connecting with Leif Womack from 14 yards. But Gainesville also intercepted Tucker to help build a 20-7 advantage that the Red Elephants stretched to 41-7 midway through the fourth quarter.
© Copyright 2016 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Tech beats Southern California in Sun Bowl
Tevin Washington threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score to help Georgia Tech beat Southern California 21-7 on Monday in the Sun Bowl.
5:54PM ( 3 years ago )
Top 10 sports stories of the year: 2012 one for the history books
2012 has been all things to all people in the sports world. The last 12 months have run the gamut of emotions and given fans and spectators much to awe, rue and everything in between.
2:33PM ( 3 years ago )
College Football Hall to break ground in Atlanta
Groundbreaking for the new College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta will be Jan. 28 and the museum is scheduled to open in the fall of 2014.
2:15PM ( 3 years ago )
Sports
Boys basketball: Dawson County storms to Battle of States crown, 13-0 mark
The Dawson boys basketball team extended their perfect start to the season to 13-0 -- their best opening in over 40 years -- on Saturday, claiming the Battle of the States tournament title in the process, 62-22 over Murphy, N.C., in Hiawassee.
11:17PM ( 3 years ago )
Girls basketball: Chestatee stumbles to losses in tournament play
The Chestatee girls basketball team dropped a 50-47 decision to Allatoona on Saturday at the Allatoona Christmas Tournament in Acworth.
8:19PM ( 3 years ago )
High School Sports
Basketball: February frenzy starts in earnest as region tournaments get underway
If you're a high school basketball fan, then this week represents the zenith of the season...
By AccessWDUN Staff
4:28PM ( 9 hours from now )
Von Miller forced 2 fumbles to set up TDs and the Broncos defense frustrated Cam Newton to carry Peyton Manning to his second Super Bowl title with a 24-10 victory over Carolina
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — A reborn Orange Crush might have sent Peyton Manning into retirement with a Super ending to his career.Von Miller and the impenetrable Denver defense harassed Panthers quart...
By The Associated Press
12:02AM ( 7 hours ago )
No. 15 Baseball Sweeps Eagles with 11-3 Win
Daniel McCrary pitched 5 1/3 innings of one-hit baseball and North Georgia put 11 runs on the board in just three innings as the No. 15 Nighthawks cruised to a series sweep of Carson-Newman with an 11-3 win Sunday afternoon.
By UNG Athletics Communications
11:51PM ( 7 hours ago )
Piedmont pitching sets tone in 7-3 victory over Guilford
Following a game with heavy offensive output on both sides Saturday, it was the pitching that set the tone in the Piedmont College baseball team's 7-3 victory over Guilford College Sunday.
By AccessWDUN Staff
11:48PM ( 7 hours ago )
Wrestling: Area wrestlers take down next step toward Traditional titles
Northeast Georgia area wrestlers took the next step toward possible state titles Saturday in Traditional Sectionals held around the state...
11:08PM ( 8 hours ago )