Jack­ets sting Ar­muchee in 56-21 road trip win

Rock­mart will host its home opener Fri­day against Dade for Home­com­ing 2017.

The Standard Journal - - SPORTS - By Kevin Myrick Ed­i­tor

The Rock­mart Yel­low Jack­ets are off to a solid start in Re­gion 7- AA foot­ball, hav­ing left the Tribe in Ar­muchee feel­ing pos­i­tively stung by a 56-21 vic­tory over the In­di­ans. Rock­mart (22. 1-0 7-AA) took a lit­tle time in get­ting their game plan fully up and run­ning last week, but once the of­fense got rolling late in the first quar­ter it didn’t stop much for the rest of the game.

“Hon­estly we just went out there and ran plays,” said head coach Biff Par­son. “Ob­vi­ously at the be­gin­ning of the game it took us a lit­tle bit. The de­fense played well, got some turnovers early for us. And it took us a few drives to get one in. But once we got that in it was like we were get­ting some rust off and things were ex­e­cut­ing a lit­tle bet­ter and started mak­ing plays.”

Ar­muchee was able to han­dle the speed of the Jack­ets up front ini­tially through the first two se­ries of the game, but their own mis­takes cost them the chance to take ad­van­tage of turnovers on downs sit­u­a­tions with a fum­ble on their first hand­off of the game, and then a tipped pass was caught by Rock­mart’s Jabari Burge to get the Jack­ets within their first scor­ing range of the night fol­low­ing the per­sonal foul called.

Quar­ter­back Dy­lan Bai­ley ran the first score of the night in for the Jack­ets, and kept the of­fense rolling through the first half and into a run­ning clock in the sec­ond. He added two more scores in air to his record, which saw him go 5 for 8 and 153 yards in pass­ing, and have four car­ri­ers for 23 yards and a score as well.

He wasn’t the only one with big num­bers.

Rock­mart’s Markus Smith, ZJ What­ley and Javin What­ley all ended the night with 100- plus yard games, and Smith scored twice along with a pair of touch­downs for Javin What­ley as ell.

But the big­gest night of all was for Rock­mart’s de­fense, who de­spite hav­ing prob­lems stop­ping Ar­muchee’s Bray­den Perry lead­ing his of­fense to a total of 342 yards on the night — with 243 yards in pass­ing alone — they forced four turnovers and picked up three sacks on the night.

Perry ended his night with two in­ter­cep­tions, two touch­down passes and went 11-19 in his total pass­ing fig­ures.

De­spite t hat, Rock­mart put up 554 total yards of of­fense of their own through a va­ri­ety of threats on the field, and left Ar­muchee in the dust.

“We couldn’t over­come their speed,” Abdellatif said. “They beat us with their speed up front. They were a good foot­ball team and they took it to us. Run­ning clock or not, we’ve got to play bet­ter.”

Rock­mart is back in ac­tion on Fri­day night for their first game of the sea­son — and Home­com­ing 2017 — with the Dade County Wolver­ines com­ing in to play.

Par­son said his team will be ready to play Dade County ( 2- 2, 1- 0 7-AA) now that they have knocked off the rust from their re­gion opener.

The Wolver­ines are com­ing into their road trip to Rock­mart with a 28-21 over­time vic­tory at home over Model.

“Our goal is to be 2-0 in the re­gion,” Par­son said of the up­com­ing game. He said the team would be get­ting their plan ready and look at film through­out this week as the team also cel­e­brates Home­com­ing fes­tiv­i­ties.

Their first game of the sea­son at home comes fol­low­ing four games in a row on the road - two at Cedar­town High School to open the sea­son with a loss to the Bull­dogs, fol­lowed by Rock­mart’s opener for the Bat­tle of the Bor­ders knock­ing off Pied­mont’s 25-game win streak with a big win for Ge­or­gia in the sec­ond an­nual fundraising jam­boree.

Rock­mart ran into trou­ble against the Wood­land Wild­cats in the third week of the sea­son,, and fi­nally got a break be­fore their win at Ar­muchee this past week­end.

Par­son said the two week break for the Jack­ets al­lowed for his team and coach­ing staff to do some soul search­ing and re­ally fig­ure out what is mak­ing this team tick for the 2017 sea­son.

“We had a lot of good talks, and the kids fought hard and prac­ticed well,” he said. “This is a good way to start of Re­gion 7-AA, with a vic­tory.”

Kevin Myrick / Stan­dard Jour­nal

Quar­ter­back Dy­lan Bai­ley is the first to cross the goal line for Rock­mart against Ar­muchee.

Kevin Myrick / Stan­dard Jour­nal

The Ar­muchee de­fense strug­gles to push back against QB Dy­lan Bai­ley.

Kevin Myrick / Stan­dard Jour­nal

Rock­mart’s Michael Gay catches Ar­muchee’s Clay­ton Grant off guard and picks up big yards in the process.

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