Harlem made its homecoming game a happy one Friday night.
The Bulldogs put together a dominating and historic performance against Social Circle, beating the Redskins 35-0.
The win ended a 13-game losing streak with their last win coming in the final week of the 2010 season.
While the offense pounded the Redskins (0-3) on the ground, gaining 379 yards, it was the defense that was special as they allowed just 19 yards of offense and did not allow a first down.
"We didn't give up any first downs and that,'s something I haven't seen at Harlem in 37 years," said head coach Jimmie Lewis, who added that defensive coordinator Lonnie Morris called a perfect game.
The Redskins recovered a fumble at the Bulldogs' 30-yard line in Harlem's opening possession, but the defense allowed just five yards and got the ball back on downs. That would be the last time the Redskins would come close to crossing into Bulldogs' territory.
"The win feels like a long time coming and we deserve it," said junior defensive end Tyler Sheppard, who helped lead the Bulldogs' defensive charge. "We were executing everything just right and just shutting it down."
Already leading 14-0, the defense recovered a fumble at the Redskins' 15-yard line, which turned into a Dontel Frails two-yard touchdown run four plays later.
The drive was much different than most the Bulldogs put together as they chewed up yardage and the clock when they got the ball, including two nine-play, 75-yard touchdown drives.
"The offensive line moved people out of the way and we controlled the ball," Lewis said.
While Lewis had eight different players with carries, it was sophomores Frails and Austin Burt that had the most impact.
Frails finished with four rushing touchdowns while he amassed 151 yards on 24 carries. Burt accounted for 121 rushing yards on 13 carries.
"I just followed my blocks and ran hard," said Frails.
The Bulldogs did not attempt a pass in the second half and quarterback Trey Price was 2 for 5 for 40 yards in the first half.
The Bulldogs jumped out to a 21-0 halftime lead, then if any doubt about the outcome remained, their second nine-play, 75-yard drive on their initial possession of the third quarter put them up 28-0.