The story of Dalton High School's Jahmyr Gibbs continued Friday night, but the Catamounts were able to do much more than just hand off the ball to the speedy senior back winning their first home game of the season in a scoring frenzy.
Dalton (2-0) came away with a 73-7 win over county-rival Northwest Whitfield, beginning its season undefeated with scores on the ground and through the air. Gibbs led the team with four touchdowns on runs of 23, 47, 29 and 3 yards, while quarterback Landon Allen had a solid night finding Journey Boston and Karim Page on one touchdown throw each, finishing 13-for-18 for 246 yards.
Joshua Moore and Ashton Blackwell also found the end zone one run each. Maurice Howard finished with six rushes for 169 yards and two scores. Filemon Quintero added a field goal on a 37-yard kick.
Hunter Noland finished as the leading receiver for the Catamounts with six catches for 125 yards.
"We came into the game and our approach so far this season has been to not focus on who we are playing," Dalton coach Matt Land said. "I wanted to know and honestly say we are better this week than we were last week."
Land said the Catamounts accomplished their goal overall, seeing all-around improvement from his team after last week's opening-week win at Ringgold, 62-10. However, he said he isn't seeing perfection yet.
"Once we get into region play, we have to focus everything on execution," he said. "There is not enough emotion to make us win those games. I certainly think there are some things we did not do perfectly tonight, but I'm just glad those things are still out there."
Gibbs had two touchdowns called back in the first half, one on a chop block call and on on a holding call. Land said he can live with the penalties during action but certainly not the pre-snap and post-snap calls.
"We can't have that," he said. "We know the aggressive ones are coming, so we can move on from those."
Gibbs finished with 183 yards rushing on 17 carries. Between his first two games of the season, rushing for more than 400 yards and eight scores last week, Gibbs is averaging a little more than 14 yards a carry. The Catamounts have averaged 67.5 points in their opening two games.
On the other hand, Northwest (1-1) lost its first game of the season. It's only score came on a fumble recovery in the end zone after Dalton muffed a snap on a punt midway through the third quarter. Junior linebacker Jordan McCamish was credited with the touchdown.
Northwest coach Josh Robinson said he was most disappointed in the fact the Bruins' offense could just never get going.
"We could just never get the rhythm," he said. "It's all about the rhythm and we could not find it. We could never string multiple positive plays in a row.
"It's like we would have a good play, good play then fumble or a good play and bobbled ball. It just got us off schedule. We had some missed opportunities on pretty catchable balls, too. It prevented us from doing anything. We aren't trying to score on every pass play. We are trying to put together drives and get yardage."
Northwest and Dalton both have off weeks next before the Bruins host Stone Mountain and the Catamounts host Sequoyah on Sept. 13. Both games are set for 7:30 p.m. kickoffs.
Rabun County 38, North Murray 17
North Murray fell in its first game of the season to Rabun County on the road, 38-17.
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North Murray has its first home game of the season on Friday as it hosts Model at 7:30 p.m. in Chatsworth.