Rock­mart takes win in open­ing scrim­mage

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

Rock­mart got a 30-13 scrim­mage win over Bre­men at last week’s home game, which marked an op­por­tu­nity for the com­mu­nity to en­joy the first Fri­day Night Lights of the sea­son.

Both teams be­gan the prac­tice game look­ing to eval­u­ate their play­ers’ skills af­ter a sum­mer full of train­ing, be­fore fac­ing their re­spec­tive ri­vals in their first of­fi­cial games of the sea­son.

Head Coach Biff Par­son feels the Jack­ets still need some work, though, and is look­ing for­ward to their se­cond scrim­mage game this Fri­day night, ahead of the Au­gust 23 kick­off of their sea­son.

“I was proud of our kids’ ef­fort,” Par­son said. “We’ve only been in full pads for about four days and we were mainly try­ing to eval­u­ate our hit­ting, tack­ling, and all tonight.”

“I’m proud of our young guys get­ting the op­por­tu­ni­ties and ex­pe­ri­ence,” he added. “It goes back to what we say ev­ery­day, that they have to con­tinue to pre­pare them­selves and be ready for the op­por­tu­nity to play.”

The Jack­ets started off with a 62-yard touch­down pass from ju­nior Javin What­ley to se­nior Juke Boozer dur­ing the first quar­ter.

They then gained ap­prox­i­mately 70 yards with a pass to se­nior CJ Cul­ver, who set up the se­cond score of the game. A short 5-yard run by fresh­man Pa­trick Gard­ner fin­ished Cul­ver’s ef­forts and earned a touch­down for the home team.

Rock­mart later made two more touch­downs, made up of a 50yard run by sopho­more Keyshaun McCullough and a 35-yard pass from se­nior Paine Cul­ver to ju­nior Jamyr­ian Dar­den.

The Blue Devils scored a to­tal of two touch­downs of their own with their of­fense be­ing led by se­nior quarterbac­k Cooper Cartwright and sopho­more wide re­ceiver Blake Matthews.

Both teams will be back on the prac­tice fields to im­prove upon mis­takes and gear up for the com­ing weeks.

“It’s good to have th­ese scrim­mage games be­cause we are able to get th­ese kinks fixed be­fore we show up to our first game,” Par­son said.

He noted that the Jack­ets need to fo­cus on be­ing more phys­i­cal at the line of scrim­mage on both sides of the ball.

“We also had is­sues with tran­si­tion­ing, which is what I talked to them about at half­time,” Par­son added. “We had too many guys com­ing out late on spe­cial teams; they need to be in the flow of the game.”

He stated that he was very im­pressed with the side­line and specif­i­cally no­ticed the en­cour­age­ment and teamwork.

“I also thought our seniors did a re­ally good job of set­ting the tone from the pregame un­til the end of the game, which is im­por­tant,” he said. “At­ti­tude affects lead­er­ship.”

Par­son noted that What­ley cer­tainly did well with his first per­for­mance as lead quarterbac­k.

“Javin is a dy­namic player for us,” he said. “He can do a lot of dif­fer­ent things and gives us the chance to both run and throw on of­fense.”

Look­ing ahead for later this week, both the Blue Devils and the Jack­ets will be at their home sta­di­ums for a se­cond scrim­mage game, with Bre­men fac­ing the Car­roll­ton Tro­jans on Thurs­day and Rock­mart fac­ing the Tem­ple Tigers on Fri­day.

Par­son stated that he plans to use the next scrim­mage game as an op­por­tu­nity to keep the Var­sity starters on the field longer and see how they last through three quar­ters.

“The real challenge will be han­dling the heat Mon­day through Thurs­day at prac­tice, know­ing we have a game on Fri­day,” he added.

The Jack­ets will then travel to Cedar­town the fol­low­ing week on Au­gust 23 for a cross-county rival game to of­fi­cially open their sea­son. The Blue Devils are look­ing for­ward to their trip to States­boro to play Rabun County in the 8th An­nual Erk Rus­sell Clas­sic on Au­gust 24 be­fore open­ing their sea­son with a game against their main ri­vals, the Bow­don Red Devils, on Au­gust 30.

Rock­mart’s Juke Boozer de­fends against Bre­men’s Baylee Bush dur­ing the Jack­ets first scrim­mage of the sea­son at home on Fri­day, Au­gust 9.

Rock­mart’s Ke­lan Pitts tracks down Bre­men’s Evan Mar­cuz as Seth Hodges goes for a block dur­ing the Jack­ets open­ing scrim­mage of the sea­son on Fri­day, Au­gust 9.

Rock­mart’s Dea­con Allen pushes against Bre­men’s Sa­muel Lambert dur­ing scrim­mage play on Fri­day, Au­gust 9.

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