Jackets hold on for win over Chattooga
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
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.”
Isaac Foster finds a hole and scores on an 83-yard touchdown run.