Bull­dogs and Jack­ets make it to se­cond round of play­offs, Sports

The Standard Journal - - FRONT PAGE - By Kevin Myrick SJ Ed­i­tor

ROCK­MART — The sea­son is over for the Re­gion 7- AA champs, as they came up short at the Rock in the se­cond round of the play­offs

The 9-3 Yel­low Jack­ets fought un­til the fi­nal down of the game to keep their run through the play­offs alive, but fell short at home as the Call­away Cava­liers came up with the 40-35 win Fri­day night.

Rock­mart had a chance late to take a lead, but af­ter find­ing suc­cess in a fourth quar­ter drive on the ground switched to a pass- ing at­tack. On a 3rd and 9 play, Dy­lan Bai­ley threw a short pass hop­ing for a first down and it was in­stead grabbed by Call­away’s (no. 5) for a 96-yard re­turn and a touch­down to put the game just out of Rock­mart’s reach.

“We had an op­por­tu­nity when we got down here to re­ally take the lead and got be­hind the sticks and did some things that just didn’t go our way,” Rock­mart head coach Biff Par­son said postgame. “That’s just the way life is, and this bunch is a re­silient bunch, and we’ll bounce back.”

Rock­mart put to­gether a drive on the fol­low­ing kick­off and scored with Bai­ley con­nect­ing with ( rock # 9) for a 9- yard touch­down re­cep­tion, but it was too late for the Jack­ets with only 26 sec­onds on the clock, and a on­side kick that was missed.

“They played a good team, and you can’t have mis­takes and turnovers when you play a good team like that. But I love my team to death,” Par­son said. “They’ve fought hard all sea­son to the end, even in games when things didn’t go our way.”

The Jack­ets fin­ished the night with 456.5 yards of of­fense, with Bai­ley throw­ing 8 com­ple­tions on 15 at­tempts with 2 touch­downs and 1 in­ter­cep­tion. What­ley also put up big num­bers on the night, with 15 car­ries and 83 yards and scored 2 touch­downs.

Call­away’s of­fen­sive num­bers were just as im- pres­sive. The Cava­liers racked up 423.5 yards of of­fense, mainly on the back of DJ Atkins who put up 143.5 yards on 19 car­ries, but didn’t score a sin­gle Cav­a­lier touch­down.

Rock­mart’s sea­son ends with their third loss af­ter a big year, with a 6-0 run through 7-AA for the 2017 re­gion cham­pi­onship, and a win over Alabama state cham­pion Pied­mont.

Par­son said the team will come to­gether af­ter a break to look at ways to con­tinue to im­prove and strive for ex­cel­lence in the up­com­ing sea­son af­ter the pas­sions of the loss have cooled.

He added that he ex­pects good things to come from the team in the 2018 sea­son.

The Cava­liers f ace Brooks County next Fri­day in the third round of the play­offs.

Kevin Myrick / SJ

Rock­mart quar­ter­back Dy­lan Bai­ley gets pulled down by a Call­away de­fender as he watches his pass dur­ing the late fourth quar­ter.

Kevin Myrick / SJ

Rock­mart’s Juke Boozer pushes against Call­away’s Kobe Jack­son as he runs out of bounds with a pass.

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