Wolves blank Cass in pow­er­ful vic­tory

A more bal­anced of­fense helps Rome build a 42-0 half­time lead.

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL SPORTS - By Jeremy Ste­wart RN-T Sports Edi­tor

A sea­son af­ter win­ning a state cham­pi­onship, it’s clear that the Rome Wolves have plenty of teams look­ing to shut down their pro­lific run­ning game.

So far this sea­son, Rome has found a way to keep op­pos­ing de­fenses hon­est.

Jamious Grif­fin ran for three touch­downs, Ja­lynn Sykes punched in two and Rome’s de­fense shut down Cass on Home­com­ing night at Bar­ron Sta­dium in the Wolves’ 49-0 Re­gion 7-5A win over the vis­it­ing Colonels.

Top-ranked Rome amassed 468 yards of of­fense com­pared to Cass’ 133 and re­mains un­de­feated.

“We’re just im­prov­ing ev­ery week and see ex­actly where we’re at this sea­son,” Rome de­fen­sive end Adam An­der­son said. “You just have to get through the next game. We look at it as one game at a time and know that with each win you’ve got to stay hum­ble and fo­cused.”

Fri­day night saw the Wolves (7-0, 5-0 7-5A) uti­lize the pass­ing game to help prime their of­fense against a Cass team set on find­ing the ball car­rier.

Quar­ter­back Knox Kadum was a per­fect 11of-11 for 196 yards and a touch­down, while Xavier Roberts- Don­ald­son caught three passes for 103 yards.

“Early on they were try­ing to stop a lot of the in­side run plays, the power plays,” Rome head coach John Reid said. “And with Knox throw­ing the ball all over the yard it re­ally opened up, and you saw how in the sec­ond quar­ter the run game opened up be­cause they were giv­ing up a lot of pass run­ning.”

The Colonels (0-7, 0-5) caught Sykes at the line of scrim­mage on t he Wolves’ first of­fen­sive play of the game. Rome then went with three straight pass plays and Kadum com­pleted all three, mov­ing his team to the Cass 26.

Two hand­offs to Grif­fin led to a 16- yard touch­down run with 9:54 to go in the open­ing quar­ter.

Em­manuel Gonzalez made his first of seven straight ex­tra points and the Wolves went up 7-0.

The open­ing salvo was the start of a dom­i­nat­ing per­for­mance that saw Rome take a 42-0 lead be­fore half­time and send out the back-up units the en­tire sec­ond half with a run­ning clock en­forced as part of the mercy rule.

“I t hink af­ter l ast week we re­ally strived to im­prove,” Reid said, r efer­ring t o Rome’s touch-and-go start against Hi­ram be­fore win­ning 42-13. “We went to prac­tice, and we tried to clean up some little things and put more ef­fort in, and be just a little more pol­ished.”

Grif­fin fin­ished with nine car­ries for 81 yards, while Sykes had six for 83, in­clud­ing a 42- yard touch­down on the third play of Rome’s first drive of the sec­ond quar­ter, which was set up by a 9-yard pass to Sykes and an 11-yard pass to Javard Wil­liams.

Rome’s sec­ond unit of­fense and de­fense took over af­ter half­time, and Cass turned the ball over on downs to end its first three pos­ses­sions af­ter the break. Mean­while, Wolves quar­ter­back Se­vie An­drews broke free on a third-and-8 to run 27 yards for a touch­down in the third quar­ter.

Rome plays the first of back-to-back road games next Fri­day against Villa Rica in Car­roll County.

Jeremy Ste­wart / Rome News-Tri­bune

Rome High de­fen­sive line­men Ja­mar­cus Chat­man (2), Adam An­der­son (19), TJ Cam­mack (52) and Ja’Quon Grif­fin (95) all tar­get Cass’ quar­ter­back Rett Moore dur­ing the sec­ond quar­ter of Fri­day’s Re­gion 7-5A game.

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