Jack­ets hold on for win over Chat­tooga

The Standard Journal - - SPORTS - By KEVIN MYRICK Ed­i­tor

One team passed a tough test in 7-AA football Fri­day night while an­other failed as Rock­mart moves up and Chat­tooga moves down in the stand­ings fol­low­ing a 17-10 vic­tory by the Yel­low Jack­ets.

The Jack­ets (5-1, 2-0 7-AA) got big plays from Rock­mart’s Markus Smith as time ex­pired at half­time and a late fourth quar­ter in­ter­cep­tion on de­fense for the win.

He also racked up a sec­ond touch­down on the night from two yards out in the third quar­ter to help se­cure the win for

Rock­mart.

But it was Rock­mart’s de­fense that put the Yel­low Jack­ets in the driver’s seat against Chat­tooga (3-3, 2-1 7-AA) through­out the night, which was the mo­men­tum change that head coach Biff Par­son said he’s been look­ing for from his team all sea­son so far.

“We knew com­ing into this game it was go­ing to be tough, and we had a strug­gle at prac­tice,” he said. “The big­gest thing at Rock­mart right now is if our guys want to be­lieve. The tal­ent is here. Tonight was a state­ment of we’ve got to be a com­plete football team. And for the first time where the game is tight, they didn’t spit the bit out and played hard for four quar­ters.”

Rock­mart put up 414 yards on of­fense, with Pe­dro Her­nan­dez kick­ing on a 37 yard field goal to take the lead late in the first quar­ter over Chat­tooga.

The In­di­ans re­sponded with sec­ond quar­ter field goal to tie, and held Rock­mart un­til a fum­ble late in the half gave the Jack­ets a chance to score, which Smith did as time ex­pired on a play he ex­tended for a 3-yard run into the end zone.

Rock­mart scored again off a fum­ble re­cov­ered dur­ing the third quar­ter as Smith cross into the end zone on a two- yard run, then watched as Chat­tooga quar­ter­back Isaac Foster ran down­field for an 83-yard score on the In­di­ans’ next pos­ses­sion.

Chat­tooga head football coach Charles Ham­mon said turnovers are what ul­ti­mately doomed the Chat­tooga In­di­ans.

“You can’t play this type of cal­iber of football team and turn the ball over,” he said. “There was noth­ing lack­ing in our kids’ ef­fort, they did ev­ery­thing and played as hard as they could. We just made some mis­takes.”

The In­di­ans ended the night with 300 yards on of­fense.

Both teams have off this com­ing week, and both are set to pre­pare for an­other round of hard games. Rock­mart will face off against Pep­perell on the road, while the In­di­ans will host Model on Oct. 14.

Par­son said his team will have to fo­cus for the next two weeks to come up with an­other win over Pep­perell.

“We’ve got to get healthy first, and the other thing is that we’ve got to fo­cus on Pep­perell for two weeks,” he said. “They’re go­ing to be fo­cused on us, and we ex­pect an­other tight, hard nosed football game.”

Markus Smith keeps a play alive af­ter time ex­pired at half­time and scored to take the lead.

Isaac Foster finds a hole and scores on an 83-yard touch­down run.

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