By Alicia Couch Payne

North Gwinnett Bulldogs hosted the Discovery Titans on Homecoming night in Suwanee. Discovery was North Gwinnett’s first region 6-AAAAAAA game of the season. The Bulldogs were victorious on Homecoming night with a 41-6 win. This was a much needed boost after coming off a tough loss the previous week to Walton Raiders of Marietta. They were barely edged out of victory with a 27-24 loss.


North Gwinnett’s Josh Downs (11) scores Friday night during the game against Discovery High School. (Photo: Nicole Seitz)

North’s offense had something to prove and prove it they did coming out aggressive from the start. They scored on five of their first seven possessions. Josh Downs scored after catching the ball from quarterback J.R. Martin. On the next drive, Martin carried the ball in for a touchdown.


In the second quarter, North would three touchdowns. Tyler Goodson ran the ball in twice with 4 yards and 58 yards rushing. Goodson had a total of 107 yards rushing against Discovery. Devin Crosby scored the third touchdown in the second quarter with a 32 yard run. The third quarter saw North’s final touchdown of the night from Crosby with a 30 yard run. Crosby rushed for 78 yards against the Titans.

Discovery was finally able to break free and score a touchdown in the fourth quarter off an interception. Anthony Rochester intercepted a pass and ran the ball in for a 75 yard touchdown. The kick for the extra point went wide.

Scenes from the North Gwinnett vs. Discovery High School game Friday night at North Gwinnett. (Photo: Nicole Seitz)


Bulldogs quarterback J.R. Martin played through the middle half of the third quarter. He completed 8 of 9 passes with 194 yards and one touchdown of his own. Josh Downs was the leading receiver for North with three catches for 97 yards and scored one touchdown. Jarvis Cunningham caught two balls for a total of 59 yards on the night.

Defensively the Bulldogs forced the Titans into three-and-outs on Discovery’s first five possessions. North linebacker Will Hunter had an interception for the Bulldogs.

Iowa commit Tyler Goodson had good cause to celebrate winning the title of Homecoming King and his team winning the game in dominant fashion. North’s record for the season is now 3-2 overall and 1-0 in the region.

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