ATLANTA – ECI rolled up nearly 400 yards of offense to cruise to a 47-7 win over Dooly County Saturday in the GHSA Class A public school championship game.
The Bulldogs (13-1) scored 33 unanswered points to blow away the Bobcats, who were forced to play without their star defensive tackle Montravius Adams for more than half the game after he suffered a leg injury following a low block from an ECI offensive lineman. The 40-point margin of victory is the largest in the state championship game in any classification since Buford beat Lovett 50-0 in the 2007 Class AA championship game.
“We were going to run the football if we could,” ECI head coach Chris Kearson said. “We were going to try until the bitter end to run it.”
The Bulldogs piled up 335 yards on the ground, with James Brown and Greg Purcell accounting for 141 and 140 yards, respectively. Purcell scored three touchdowns on the ground, and Brown rushed for one and caught another.
“I was really surprised they were able to run the ball on us they way they did,” Dooly County head coach Jimmy Hughes said. “They were better running the ball than advertised, and they were advertised to run it really well.”
The Bobcats never found consistency on offense. They had just one drive in the game longer than seven plays, and that drive resulted in zero points.