Sprayberry’s Dreshun Miller goes high to catch a pass against Woodland-Bartow on Friday. The Yellow Jackets rolled in the second half for a 48-15 win.
MARIETTA — Sprayberry started slow before putting together a strong second half en route to a convincing 48-15 win over Woodland-Bartow at Jim Frazier Stadium on Friday.
“I want to brag on our defense and our special teams,” Sprayberry coach Billy Shackelford said. “They almost outscored our offense, so I’m proud of those guys.
“We came out a little flat offensively, but we made a couple of adjustments and they responded.”
The Yellow Jackets (2-1) trailed on two occasions in the first half before taking the lead for good late in the second quarter. They took control of the game with 34 second-half points.
A pair of touchdowns in the third quarter gave the Yellow Jackets a 28-8 lead. Andrew Pereira’s 10-yard run and Tam King’s 27-yard fumble return accounted for the scoring.
Woodland came back by moving 80 yards for a touchdown. Grant Quick pulled in an 11-yard pass from Brody Williams and the Wildcats’ deficit was trimmed to 28-15 just 21 seconds into the final period.
It was all Sprayberry after that. Sermon reached the end zone on a 42-yard run before King returned his second fumble recovery for a touchdown, this one covering 13 yards, making the score 41-15.
The Yellow Jackets concluded the scoring when London Roberson raced 17 yards for a touchdown, upping the advantage to 48-15 with 2:33 to go.
Sermon finished with 103 yards on 11 carries while Roberson gained 83 yards in only two attempts. Pereira, had 67 yards on eight rushes, completed 11-of-20 passes for 122 yards with Sermon hauling in four for 48 yards.
On the first possession of the game, Sprayberry was in punt formation when a low snap from center got by the punter, who kicked the ball through his own end zone, giving Woodland (0-3) a quick 2-0 lead on a safety.
The Yellow Jackets answered immediately when Josh Bailey scooped up a fumble by the Wildcats on the ensuing free kick and returned it 24 yards for a touchdown. Jake Pickett’s first of five successful extra points put Sprayberry up, 7-2.
In the second quarter, Woodland scored on a 3-yard touchdown run from Phelan Philpot as the Wildcats went on top, 8-7.
When the Yellow Jackets got the ball back, Trey Sermon capped off an 80-yard scoring drive with a 2-yard run, Jeremy Hall added the point after and Sprayberry led, 14-8, with 2:36 left before halftime.