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The Titans have found their groove.

North Oconee High School’s football team earned its second win in as many weeks last Friday. The Titans traveled to Chestatee and won 48-20.

That gave North Oconee a 2-0 start in region play, and it marked the first time this year that North Oconee picked up consecutive victories.

Max Wilson made his second consecutive start at quarterback and he gave the Titans an exceptional performance.

Wilson completed all 18 of his passes. He notched 217 yards passing, including a 43-yard strike, and four touchdown throws. Wilson finished with a whopping passer rating of 209.7, averaging 12.1 yards per attempt.

The Titans’ rushing attack kept churning after finding a rhythm earlier this season.

Dominic Elder Jr. led the way with 82 yards rushing on 16 carries, good for an average of 5.1 yards per carry. Elder scored twice.

Rodrick Finch only had three carries but he ran for 75 yards and a touchdown as well. Don Sams ran it twice for 17 yards while Wilson rushed for 11 yards on five attempts.

Mack Brice had 7 yards on four carries while Justin Curtis recorded 6 yards on three rushes.

The Titans finished the game with 195 yards rushing on 34 total attempts. That gave the team an average of almost 6 yards per carry.

Khalil Barnes showed out in the receiving game. Barnes caught six passes for 101 yards, averaging 16.8 yards per reception. He caught three of Wilson’s touchdown passes.

The other scoring throw went to K.J. Moon, who finished with 23 yards on three grabs.

Brooks Thompson had 48 yards receiving on three receptions while Jack Kelly had two catches for 25 yards receiving.

North Oconee entered region play two weeks ago with a 1-3 record. After walloping Madison County and Chestatee in back-to-back weeks, though, the Titans now stand at 3-3.

Next on their schedule is a home game this Friday against Flowery Branch High School.

The Falcons carry a 3-2 record into the game. They beat St. Pius X Catholic, 21-14, to open the season and then beat Dawson County High School, 31-7, in week two.

Their first loss came on Sept. 10 against Gainesville, 42-35. After blasting Hiram, 56-7, on Sept. 17, Flowery Branch fell at Jefferson last week, 27-7.

North Oconee is one of just three teams that owns an undefeated record in Region 8-AAAA games entering play this Friday. The others are Jefferson and Cedar Shoals, which will face the Titans in the final two weeks of the regular season.

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