Gladiators hang close in loss to Longhorns



CUMMING, Ga. – The injury-plagued Johns Creek Gladiators stayed close with Region 6-AAAAAA playoff contender Lambert, losing 21-10 last Friday night after leading until late in the first half.

The Gladiators (0-3 in 6-AAAAAA, 0-7 overall) took an early lead on an 8-yard run by Chase Solomon, who has moved from tailback to quarterback due to a rash of injuries at the position.

The Longhorns (3-1, 4-3) tied the game in the second quarter after an interception, and scored twice in the second half around an Austin Ruoff field goal for Johns Creek.

The Gladiators have had four quarterbacks injured since preseason practice began. Austin Pack was hurt before Johns Creek played a game, and Cody Hardage went out early in the season.

Kevin Nalecz, who has played quarterback for most of the season for the Gladiators, was injured in practice prior to the West Forsyth game, with sophomore Jeremy Disher injured early in that contest. Solomon took over at quarterback in that game and rushed for 131 yards and a touchdown in a 42-13 loss.

Johns Creek plays Friday night at South Forsyth (3-1, 4-3).

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