Rock­mart keeps up the pace in road win

The Standard Journal - - SPORTS - By Kevin Myrickk [email protected]­stan­dard­jour­nal. net

The climb to the top con­tin­ues for the Rock­mart Yel­low Jack­ets as they con­tin­ued un­de­feated through a road trip to Coosa and blanked the Ea­gles 42-0 af­ter a two week break.

Head coach Biff Par­son said he was wor­ried the team was a bit rusty af­ter get­ting time off of the field, and wouldn’t get go­ing as fast as he would like. So he was happy with a trio of back-to­back touch­downs cre­ated by both his of­fense and de­fense in the first quar­ter.

“We came out and re­ally took it to them,” Par­son said. “We had three in­ter­cep­tions in the first half. It felt like we left two scores out though. We didn’t fin­ish the half like we wanted to, the chal­lenge was to come out and fin­ish the game. And we did that.”

Rock­mart didn’t give Coosa any breath­ing room in the first quar­ter, jump­ing out to a fast 21-0 lead as the Jack­ets scored on their open­ing drive that ended in a 15-yard pass­ing play be­tween Quar­ter­back Dy­lan Bai­ley and Tyler Abram.

Dixon tried for a first play big pass down the field that turned into an in­ter­cep­tion ran back for a touch­down by Juke Boozer. Not long af­ter on their next pos­ses­sion, Dixon threw a sec­ond deep in­ter­cep­tion to give the Yel­low Jack­ets pos­ses­sion on their own six, which Zabrion Whatley used as an op­por­tu­nity to show his run­ning skills.

He ran for a 94-yard touch­down to give the Jack­ets plenty of breath­ing room, which con­tin­ued through the rest of the game.

Coosa only got close to putting points on the board when on a fourth down deep in Rock­mart ter­ri­tory they tried for a 40-yard field goal at­tempt by No­hel Paz, but he was short by a few yards.

Not long be­fore the end of the half, Dixon was knocked out of the game by Rock­mart’s Ant Lester. Coosa’s start­ing quar­ter­back fin­ished the night go­ing 3 of 11 for 31 yards and three in­ter­cep­tions.

Rock­mart is cruis­ing right where they want to

be. Against the Ea­gles, Rock­mart’s Dy­lan Bai­ley on the other hand threw for 4 of 6 on the night for a touch­down and 83 yards of of­fense. He along with a cast of oth­ers put up 367 yards of of­fense on the night.

The Jack­ets con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate on the ball through the rest of the first quar­ter and into the sec­ond, with Markus Smith adding an 8-yard touch­down run to his grow­ing list of scores for the sea­son, and a third in the third quar­ter from 12 yards out.

Whatley got the fi­nal trip to the end zone into the fourth quar­ter with a run­ning clock and ended the Jack­ets’ big of­fen­sive push for the night.

Par­son said the team does need to work out some mis­takes, and they con­tinue to push for­ward in a “team ef­fort.”

“We’ve got to con­tinue talk about our stan­dards, and our first goal which is a re­gion cham­pi­onship, and then our sec­ond goal which is a state cham­pi­onship,” Par­son said. “We can’t talk about a state goal un­til we fin­ish these next two games. That’s im­por­tant.”

Rock­mart also cel­e­brates Se­nior Night as they host Gor­don Cen­tral this Fri­day, which will be fol­lowed up by Model.

Those two fi­nal op­po­nents faced each other this past Fri­day night, with the War­riors tak­ing a 36-26 win over the Blue Devils.

Ex­pect a rank­ings shakeup as well in the state af­ter Week 10 of foot­ball in Ge­or­gia. Sec­ond-ranked Call­away fell in a close 13-10 game against Heard County last Fri­day night on the road, giv­ing Rock­mart a chance to move up in the polling.

Top-ranked Hapeville Char­ter is likely to re­tain it’s No. 1 rank­ing in Ge­or­gia’s Class AA foot­ball poll af­ter a 56-0 win last week. Third ranked Rabun County should move up af­ter a 63-7 win, and so should Bre­men who won 35-7.

With their shutout win last Fri­day, Rock­mart re­mains the team to beat in the 7-AA stand­ings, fol­lowed by Pep­perell and Chat­tooga both at 4-1, and Gor­don Cen­tral, Model and Coosa at 2-3 in re­gion play.

Dade County sat at 1-4, and Ar­muchee has yet to earn a re­gion win in last place at 0-5.

/ Jeremy Ste­wart

Rock­mart’s Markus Smith juked out of the way of a Coosa de­fen­sive tackle dur­ing the Jack­ets’ lat­est win last Fri­day night.

Jeremy Ste­wart

Rock­mart quar­ter­back Dy­lan Bai­ley (14) gets off a passun­der pres­sure from Coosa’s JalenHodge in the first quar­ter of a Re­gion 7-AA game Fri­day at Ea­gle Sta­dium.

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