Rock­mart starts with scrim­mage win at Bre­men

The Standard Journal - - SPORTS - By Lorene Parker loren­[email protected]

The Rock­mart Yel­low Jack­ets foot­ball sea­son be­gan with a 17-16 win over Bre­men on a road trip that didn’t count.

Var­sity and Ju­nior Var­sity play­ers got the op­por­tu­nity to show what they’ve learned over the sum­mer, and Head Coach Biff Par­son said his team still needs some work af­ter the scrim­mage win.

“They’ve only been in full pads for three days,” he said. “This is just an ex­pe­ri­ence for a lot of the younger guys.”

Rock­mart could have ended the game with a larger num­ber on the score­board, but a 54-yard touchdown ran by Ja­vian What­ley early in the contest was called back on a penalty af­ter Juke Boozer was caught hold­ing on the defense.

Com­ing out of half­time, the Jack­ets owned the third quar­ter with a 17-yard touchdown pass be­tween What­ley and Reed Couch, and then a 52-yard touchdown run by Keyshaun McCul­lough, putting Rock­mart ahead.

Par­son said the Jack­ets need to work on their ex­e­cu­tion on of­fense be­fore they have to face Cedartown for the first game of the sea­son next Fri­day, Aug. 17.

“I was proud of our young guys’ de­ter­mi­na­tion,” he said.

Par­son said the defense played much bet­ter as they held fast against the Blue Devils of­fense, who scored two touchdown of their own.

The game also pro­vided Par­son with a look at up and com­ing lead­ers on the team.

What­ley stepped up as a new of­fen­sive leader, along with his older brother se­nior ZJ What­ley to pro­vide much of the for­ward move­ment for the team.

Par­son also praised the ef­forts of Paine Cul­ver for tough play on defense.

The Jack­ets will be back on the prac­tice field all this week -- weather per­mit­ting -to work on areas Par­son feels his squad needs im­prove­ment on.

Rock­mart is back on the road again this Fri­day for fans to see against the Tem­ple Tigers.

/ Lorene Parker

De­fen­sive play dom­i­nated for Rock­mart dur­ing their road trip to Bre­men.

/ Lorene Parker

Rock­mart’s of­fense took over the scrim­mage game in the sec­ond half and won 17-16, though it won’t count to­ward the sea­son record af­ter a trip to Bre­men.

The Rock­mart Yel­low Jack­ets took their first run onto the grid­iron ahead of the 2018 sea­son on the road at Bre­men.

Left: Rock­mart’s of­fense sought to get on top of the Bre­men Blue Devils in a scrim­mage trip to the Car­roll-Har­la­son County lines. Above: The Rock­mart Lady Jack­ets cheer squad stood on the side­lines on Fri­day, Aug. 3 to sup­port the team on the grid­iron.

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