Rockmart falls in a rough trip on the road at Bremen, but gets this week off.

The Standard Journal - - FRONT PAGE - By KEVIN MYRICK Editor

BREMEN — The Rockmart Yel­low Jack­ets fell to 1-3 on the road Fri­day night af­ter they were un­able to make key stops at the end of the game and try for a tie in the 17-14 loss to Bremen.

Rockmart’s de­fense was un­able to stop Blue Devils full­back D.J. McBrayer on a fi­nal drive of the night, giv­ing up a new set of downs with 2:47 left in the game, then again with 1:40 left.

This was fol­low­ing a field goal at­tempt by the Jack­ets late to tie the game that hit the up­rights and gave Bremen the op­por­tu­nity to drive and kill the clock.

“We’re still learn­ing,” head coach Bin Turner said sim­ply when asked what he felt hap­pened with the de­fense at the end of the game.

The 1-3 Blue Devils snapped their three­game los­ing streak be­hind McBrayer on the night, who scored twice once late in the first quar­ter and then again in the third quar­ter on short runs to the end zone.

Rockmart started off the game with a 7-0 lead fol­low­ing two sets of downs by each team, cap­i­tal­iz­ing off of a fum­ble late in the first quar­ter that lead to Mau­rice Smith go­ing in for a 9-yard touch­down run.

He later scored with 8:10 left in the third quar­ter on a 3-yard touch­down run.

“De­fen­sively we’re com­ing along, and of­fen­sively we moved the ball well, but when we got down to the end zone we couldn’t cap­i­tal­ize,” Turner said.

He said one of the main prob­lems with Fri­day’s game was the team spent more time on the field on de­fense, which took a toll in try­ing to cap­i­tal­ize off Blue Devil mis­takes.

“De­fen­sively, you have X amount of plays that you want to be on the field,” he said. “To­ward the end of the game, we got to those num­ber of plays and they got those num­ber of plays on us.”

The real thriller of the night how­ever was

Bremen’s Jake Ver­ity, who broke a school record with a 63-yard free kick through the up­rights for a field goal. The late sec­ond quar­ter score made the dif­fer­ence on the night af­ter both teams matched the other score- for- score in the first and sec­ond half.

Rockmart will have the week off next Fri­day be­fore play­ing Land­mark Chris­tian on Oct. 2.

He said his team still faces much work be­fore the com­ing home game, and said the small things - not keep­ing up a block long enough, or not wrap­ping up a run­ner on de­fense with enough force to stop the gain - are still things his play­ers are work­ing to im­prove.

“Lit­tle things are what win or lose football games, and we’re go­ing to work those out,” he said.

With the ex­tra time for prac­tice, Turner has one sim­ple goal for the Jack­ets.

“We’ve got to learn how to fin­ish it,” he said.

He added that he felt the Jack­ets would use the time off dur­ing the week in or­der to get healthy again.

“We’re go­ing to heal up and get our minds right and get ready for Land­mark, who will be a very good op­po­nent in two weeks. Then we start re­gion play,” he said.

Rockmart’s Mau­rice Smith drives for­ward dur­ing the sec­ond half on a run and gets dragged down by Bremen’s Wade O’Neal on Fri­day, Sept. 18.

Left: Bremen’s Jake Ver­ity broke a school and state record last week with a 63-yard free kick field goal. Top: Rockmart’s Mau­rice Smith drives into the end zone for a score against Bremen on Fri­day, Sept. 17.

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