Fairfield Central quarterback Danny Miller connected with receiver Christopher Alston early and often Thursday night at Memorial Stadium.
The duo's most explosive play came on a 45-yard catch-and-run play that Alston took to the end zone to begin the Griffins' 35-0 rout of Region 4-3A rival AC Flora.
"Chris is a big-play guy for us," said Fairfield Central coach Reggie Kennedy, whose team improves to 3-0 in the region and 6-2 overall. "We just got him back from an injury, and I'm glad to see him come out and have a good game for us."
Alston finished with four catches for 96 yards. Miller completed 10 of 11 passes for 115 yards.
Griffins running back Joseph Morgan led all rushers with 119 yards on 12 carries. Greg Gadsden rushed for 81 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries.
AC Flora coach Dean Howell said he wants the Falcons (1-2, 4-4) to bounce back from the loss and finish the regular season strong.
"It's a gut check for them," Howell said. "We've still got two games ahead of us, and we're not going to stop coaching them."
AC Flora started with a drive that expired on the Fairfield Central 36-yard line. The Griffins took over at the Flora 20. Four plays later, Alston's score had the Griffins up 6-0.
Greg Gadsden capped Fairfield Central's two second-quarter scoring drives with 5- and 1-yard runs, as the Griffins took a 22-0 halftime lead.
The Griffins' defense racked up two sacks and seven tackles for loss by intermission. The Falcons gained 17 yards on the ground and 50 yards of total offense by the half.
The Griffins, who are tied with Chapin for the first place in the region, are in a good position to clinch. Chapin plays host to Chester, whom the Griffins beat to open region play, tonight.
"The picture will be a little more clear after tomorrow," Kennedy said.
Fairfield Central 9 13 13 0 - 35 AC Flora 0 0 0 0 - 0
F - Alston 45 pass from Miller (kick failed), 5:35.
F - Boyd 25 field goal, 1:47.
F - Gadsden 5 run (Boyd kick), 7:03.
F - Gadsden 1 run (kick failed), 3:00.
F - Gadsden 18 run (kick failed), 6:56.
F - Irby 25 fumble return (McKinstry kick), 4:18.
First Downs 15 9
Rushes-Yards 43-270 33-72
Passing Yards 115 43
Att-Com-Int 12-10-1 11-7-0
Fumbles-Lost 3-0 5-4
Penalties-Yards 8-60 3-30
Punts-Avg. 1-15.0 6-33.5
RUSHING - Fairfield Central, Morgan 12-119, Gadsden 13-81, Miller 5-27, Irby 2-14, Kennerly 1-4, McKinstry 5-8. AC Flora, Cornelius 11-47, Q. Williams 2-8, Cagle 4-7, Mitchell 4-13, Team 4-10, R. Williams 8-(minus) 13.
PASSING - Fairfield Central, Miller 11-10-1, 115, McKinstry 1-0-0, 0. AC Flora, Cagle 11-7-0, 43.
RECEIVING - Fairfield Central, Alston 5-96, Young 3-15, Holmes 2-5. AC Flora, Mitchell 1-13, Lewis 2-2, Ayers 2-25, R. Williams 2-3.