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ROSWELL 41, JOHNS CREEK 24: Hornets take down Gladiators; open region play against Milton

September 18, 2013
ROSWELL, Ga. Roswell rushed and passed for over 200 yards each for the second time in three games, rolling to a 41-24 victory at home last Friday night, Sept. 13, against Johns Creek.

The Hornets (2-1) led 34-3 in the third period, scoring three touchdowns in that quarter to break open a game that was 13-3 at the half.

Roswell rushed for 210 yards, led by Mechane Slade, who carried 17 times for 110 yards and scored two touchdowns. Slade capped an opening 84-yard drive for the Hornets with a 15-yard run, and scored again in the second period following a 74-yard drive. Roswell turned the ball near the Gladiators' goal line late in the half to keep the score at 13-3.

A 9-yard pass from Matt Cory to Colin McCauley made it 20-3 early in the third period, and James Whitaker connected with Kendrick Jackson on a 29-yard scoring pass one play after Shakur Jackson, Kendrick's brother, intercepted a pass.

Kendrick Jackson rushed for a touchdown later in the period, with Sheldon Evans' 15-yard run wrapping up Roswell's scoring after the Gladiators had closed within 34-17.

Cory and Whitaker combined to complete 17 of 25 passes for 225 yards.

Kevin Nalecz accounted for all three touchdowns for the Gladiators (0-3), passing for 33 yards to Kyle Varnell and scoring on two short runs. Nalecz completed 10 of 13 passes for 187 yards and rushed for 41 yards, with Varnell gaining 144 yards on six receptions.

Both teams play their region openers this Friday, Sept. 20. Roswell hosts rival Milton in a 5-AAAAAA game, while Johns Creek is at Centennial in 6-AAAAAA.

"This is a rivalry game and a region game and it's important on both accounts," Roswell coach John Ford said of Milton. "This game sets you up for the playoffs."

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