Top ranked Rome cruises past Hiram to claim another region title
By: Robert Hydrick — sportalspace contributorFollow @sportalspace
October 19, 2018 (Hiram, GA) – Senior Jamious Griffin rushed for four touchdowns to lead No. 1 Rome to a 56-0 win at Hiram Friday as the Wolves (9-0, 7-0) clinched a third consecutive Region 7-AAAAA title Friday night.
The Wolves needed just five plays to find the endzone on the opening possession of the game with Griffin driving a pile of Hornets the final three yards on his eight-yard touchdown run.
The Hornets though had a surprise for the top-ranked Wolves defense with Xander May getting the start at quarterback and running an offense with new formations.
Hiram’s big-play running back Marcuis Fulks picked up 12 yards on his first two carries but then the Wolves defense quickly adjusted and forced the Hornets to punt.
The Wolves didn’t need any tricks with Xavier Roberts-Donaldson racing 60-yards to increase the lead to 14-0.
A short punt gave the Wolves the ball at the Hornet 18-yard line on their next possession and four plays later Griffin cruised seven yards into the endzone for his second touchdown of the game and a 21-0 lead at the end of the opening quarter.
Quarterback Knox Kadum opened the second quarter with a 31-yard touchdown run on his first carry of the game as they Wolves had 28 points on just 14 plays.
Grifffin found the endzone on the Wolves next two possessions with a five-yard and a seven-yard touchdown run to up the lead to 42-0 as Griffin ran for 164 yards in just one half of work.
Trey Lawrence closed out the first half with a two-yard touchdown run with eight seconds left in the half as the Wolves took a 49-0 lead to the locker room.
Lawrence’s second touchdown of the game in the third quarter was the final touchdown in the game as the second half was played with a running clock.
Rome’s winning streak is now at 36 with the Wolves closing out the regular season at home next week against Villa Rica and then getting a bye week before the GHSA playoffs begin.
Hiram (4-4, 3-3) has dropped three of their last four games as the Hornets will host Kell and play at Carrollton in their final two regular season games.