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Yellow Jackets roll to best start since 1989

09/19/2015, 10:45am EDT
By Mason Wittner

Sprayberry takes down the North Springs Spartans 33-7

Yellow Jackets roll to best start since 1989
by Mason Wittner 
MDJ Sports Correspondent 
September 19, 2015 01:48 AM 
SANDY SPRINGS — Sprayberry’s offense scored the first 27 points to put the game out of reach early and rolled over North Springs for a 33-7 victory in the Region 7AAAAA (B) opener on Friday.

Trey Sermon accounted for 139 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns for the Yellow Jackets, who at 3-1, are off to their best start since beginning the 1989 season 4-0.

Not all the news was good for Sprayberry. At the end of the first half, quarterback Andrew Pereira took a hit along the sidelines while releasing the ball. He remained on the ground for an extended period of time before being carted off the field on a stretcher and taken to a local hospital with what appeared to be a head injury. 

“On the sidelines, (Pereira) got his head hit, and any time there is any kind of a head hit, you have to take precautions,” Sprayberry coach Billy Shackelford said. “He was very responsive on the sidelines and we’re going to go check on him and make sure he’s doing OK.”

The Yellow Jackets pulled away early in the second quarter with two one-play drives. 

On the first play of the quarter, Sermon took the handoff and went 89 yards up the left sideline for a touchdown to give Sprayberry a 20-0 lead. 

Following an interception, Sprayberry scored on its next offensive as Pereira connected with Dreshun Miller in the back corner of the end zone. Sprayberry led 27-0 with 11:26 left to play in the first half.

The Spartans answered on the ensuing drive as quarterback Rees Viersen threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Josh Vinson to cut the Yellow Jackets’ lead to 27-7 with 7:40 left in the third quarter.

London Roberson provided Sprayberry’s final score of the night when he connected with Jontae Williams for a 52-yard touchdown pass.

“We had a really exciting first half and our guys flew around, especially in the first quarter,” Shackelford said. “I wasn’t particularly impressed at how we didn’t keep our foot on the pedal and that’s something we have to get better at. But I’m very proud of our team tonight. Defensively we brought a lot of pressure to the quarterback and contained their explosive athletes, and offensively we were able to do a few good things as well.”

Sprayberry jumped out in front on their first drive as Pereira hit Brandon McBryde for a 28-yard touchdown to put the Yellow Jackets up 6-0 with 7:41 remaining in the opening quarter.

Sermon scored from 12 yards out on Sprayberry’s second drive of the night to extend their lead to 13-0 with 2:57 left in the first quarter.

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