Jack­ets get big 51-7 road win at Cen­tral

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Rock­mart (2-0) is on a big roll and made a bold state­ment on the road with a 51-7 win over an­other Class 4A op­po­nent be­fore get­ting a break this week ahead of an­other big game.

Head coach Biff Par­son said his de­fense played a big game in their sec­ond game out at the Cen­tral Car­roll Lions, with his backs hav­ing a “tremen­dous game.”

“We cre­ated around four or five turnovers in the game,” Par­son said. “That in­cluded a scoop and score… I’ve re­ally got say my hats are off to the de­fen­sive coaches and play­ers for a re­ally fan­tas­tic per­for­mance.”

That scoop and score on the de­fense came with two min­utes to go in the first quar­ter on a 20-yard re­turn to put the Yel­low Jack­ets up 14-0 after a Noah Hughes point after.

Rock­mart’s de­fense didn’t give up a sin­gle point through three quar­ters of play, and it was only after the ju­nior var­sity took the field in the fourth quar­ter the Lions were able to get on the board at all.

Dy­lan Bai­ley was the first to cap­i­tal­ize off of big of­fen­sive plays dur­ing the game as well as he marched the of­fense down the field and scored the open­ing touch­down on the night with a

four yard rush. He wasn’t the only one scor­ing on the ground. ZJ What­ley and his brother Javin both scored rush­ing touch­downs on the night, with the el­der pick­ing up two in the sec­ond quar­ter alone. ZJ What­ley would have scored a third touch­down on the night had a 70 yard sprint down the field not been called back, Par­son said.

The Jack­ets played so well last Fri­day night, they were up 34-0 by the half.

Par­son said he used a va­ri­ety of backs on the night and sent at least five out on the field in ro­ta­tion against the Lions de­fense, in­clud­ing in the sec­ond half when younger play­ers were given a chance for ex­pe­ri­ence on the field. He added it was “ex­cit­ing to get that level of depth back” on the ground, es­pe­cially against big­ger op­po­nents.

Hav­ing scored 71 points against their last two op­po­nents and only given up three touch­downs on de­fense, every as­pect of their game is click­ing well, but Par­son said he still seems

some room for im­prove­ment in his team’s game and said they still have a long way to go.

He’s still en­joy­ing him­self re­gard­less.

“It’s fun to coach these kids when they’re do­ing well,” he said after last Fri­day’s game. “They’re not per­fect, and they still have some bumps and bruises that need to heal dur­ing the week com­ing up.”

They’ve got their chance as Rock­mart rests on a bye week as Polk County cel­e­brates the fair, and are back home on Sept. 7 to face off against the Heard County Braves.

Heard started off the sea­son at 1-0 after a 10-3 win over LaGrange on Aug. 17 in over­time, and got a bye week last week be­fore they face Hapeville Char­ter of At­lanta at home this com­ing Fri­day.

The Braves then travel to Rock­mart in what is ex­pected to be big show­down.

Par­son said what­ever the hype around the game, he has re­spect for Heard County head coach Tim Bar­ron, who has been at the helm for more than a decade for the Braves.

“It’ll be a good test of where we are as a team,” Par­son said.

/ Con­trib­uted by Shelly Cul­ver

Mekhi Floyd was one of sev­eral run­ners on the field for Rock­mart against Cen­tral Car­roll on Aug. 24.

/ Con­trib­uted by Shelly Cul­ver

Above: Dy­lan Bai­ley scored the first touch­down of the night against Cen­tral on Aug. 24 from four yards out. Be­low left: Sev­eral Cen­tral Car­roll de­fend­ers were needed to stop Rock­mart’s Ant Lester on the run. Be­low cen­ter: Noah Hughes kept his kick­ing game spot on against Cen­tral Car­roll. Be­low right: Tyler Abram and Ke­lan Pitts drag down a Cen­tral Car­roll run­ner on de­fense dur­ing their Aug. 24 road trip.

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