Hot Jackets team is Homecoming hit
♦ Rockmart improves to 4-0 on season with first region win over Armuchee, head to Dade County this Friday.
Rockmart is on a big roll this season, and look to keep up their luck as they head on the road this Friday to make a two-plus hour trip up to Trenton with hopes of gaining another win.
They’ve got good reason to think they will after last Friday’s region opener against Armuchee that also acted as Homecoming 2018, which ended in a 62-13 victory for the Yellow Jackets once the fourth quarter got underway with a running clock.
Head Coach Biff Parson’s goal for his team was to play fast and dominate early in the game, which is exactly what Rockmart did.
The Jackets dominated the first half with Zoryan Hendricks first scoring a
95-yard touchdown run then Juke Boozer forcing a fumble, being recovered by Hendricks for an 89-yard touchdown.
Although there were several defensive penalties early in the game, Rockmart quickly overcame the mistakes.
The Indians scored two touchdowns after halftime, taking the 48-0 lead away from Rockmart. To lead the second half, ZJ Whatley made an 85-yard touchdown on a punt return.
Parson praised Hendricks for his offensive efforts and the defensive team for their work throughout the game.
“When the defense leads us in 3 or 4 turnovers, you know it’s going to be a good night,” he said.
This week the Jackets have some time to get ready for another region opponent that could add up to another victory for Rockmart. When they travel on Friday to play Dade County, they play an 0-4 Wolverines team that have been completely down on their luck.
Where Rockmart has outscored opponents 166 to 34 points on the scoreboard over the past four wins, when Dade County has gone up against other teams they’ve only racked up 38 points compared to the 117 combined when they played Gordon Lee, North Sand Mountain, Trion, and opened the region at Model.
Dade lost last Friday to the 1-3 Blue Devils in a 34-12 road trip.
Either way, Parson is looking for his team to make improvements on the small things, like paying attention to the details in games and completing their blocking assignments on offense and defense.
“We need to have a good week of practice before the long trip to Dade County next week,” Parson said following last week’s Homecoming win.
Once the Jackets get back from their trip to Trenton, they’ll host Chattooga on Sept. 28 and then travel following that on Oct. 5 to Pepperell.
Markus Smith was among one of many running backs who took up duties in the backfield against Armuchee on Friday, Sept. 14.
Terrion Webb got a chance to carry the ball against Armuchee on Homecoming night on Friday.
Head Coach Biff Parson talks to his players after their 62-13 Homecoming win over Armuchee on Friday.