Rome High wraps up per­fect reg­u­lar sea­son with blowout

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL SPORTS - By Tommy Ro­manach RN-T Sports Writer

It didn’t mat­ter if it was a pitch to the left, a screen pass to the right or a run right up the gut, in their fi­nal reg­u­lar sea­son game the Rome Wolves could call any play in the book, be­cause they all seemed to work.

Rome scored on their first seven drives and used a 55-point first half to dom­i­nate Wood­land on the way to a 62-0 Re­gion 7-5A vic­tory Fri­day night at Bar­ron Sta­dium. The win gives Rome its first un­de­feated reg­u­lar sea­son since 2004, and pushes the team’s win­ning streak to 22 straight games.

“We were wor­ried about a let­down tonight and try­ing to fig­ure out how you ap­proach this game,” Reid said. “I’m just re­ally pleased in our over­all ef­fort, it wasn’t lethar­gic or a let­down. I’m proud of them for that, now we’re on to an­other part of the sea­son.”

Rome’s of­fen­sive starters only played the first half, but quar­ter­back Knox Kadum still went 4- for- 5 for 124 pass­ing yards and three touch­downs.

Ja­lynn Sykes racked up 102 rush­ing yards and a score, while Xavier Rob- erts-Don­ald­son tal­lied a pair of touch­downs.

In all, a sea­son- high eight dif­fer­ent Rome play­ers scored in the game.

The Wolves ( 10- 0, 8- 0 7-5A) scored on the fifth play from scrim­mage on an 11-yard touch­down run from Jamious Grif­fin. Af­ter forc­ing a Wood­land three-and-out, Rome took three plays on its sec­ond drive as Kadum found Rod­ney Sul­li­van for a 14yard score.

An­other Kadum touch­down pass made it 21-0 in the first quar­ter, and a Sykes 17-yard touch­down run to be­gin the sec­ond made it 28-0. Only min­utes later, Roberts-Don­ald­son gave the of­fense a break and took a punt 65 yards to the house.

“It’s all a com­bi­na­tion of ex­e­cu­tion and play­call­ing,” Sykes said. “We prac­tice all week for this, and we’re se­ri­ous about it. It’s Wood­land; they’re just like any other re­gion team so we are go­ing to give it ev­ery­thing we have.”

Rome be­gins the Class 5A state play­offs and its de­fense of its state ti­tle in earnest next week when it hosts Cedar Shoals. The Jaguars fin­ished fourth in Re­gion 8-5A and are mak­ing their first play­off ap­pear­ance since 2008.

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