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Sermon, Yellow Jackets sting Mustangs’ rally bid

08/29/2015, 2:30am EDT
By E. Marcel Pourtout

Yellow Jackets win California Dreaming Bowl XI

Sermon, Yellow Jackets sting Mustangs’ rally bid
by E. Marcel Pourtout 
MDJ Sports Writer 
August 29, 2015 02:53 AM | 1228 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sprayberry quarterback Andrew Pereira keeps the ball Friday game against Kennesaw Mountain.
Sprayberry quarterback Andrew Pereira keeps the ball Friday game against Kennesaw Mountain.
 
 
MARIETTA — Behind a game-high 111 rushing yards and two touchdowns from Trey Sermon, along with a late defensive stand, Sprayberry held off Kennesaw Mountain’s fourth-quarter comeback and emerged with a 17-10 victory Friday at Jim Frazier Stadium.

Down seven with 3:24 left to play, the Mustangs (0-1) took the ball from their own 20-yard line and moved down the field, highlighted by two long completions by Kyle Wooten to Ryland Goede for 30 and 21 yards.

Those, however, were the only completions for Kennesaw Mountain in the game.

With 52 seconds left and the ball on Sprayberry’s 28, the Mustangs had one final chance to extend the game on fourth-and-2, but an incomplete pass down the middle sealed the Yellow Jackets’ victory.

“I’m proud of our guys,” Sprayberry coach Billy Shackelford said. “Kennesaw Mountain is a well-coached team that plays hard. Our defense buckled their necks when needed and gave us great opportunities. Its always good to get the win against a local school and have bragging rights.”

Kennesaw Mountain struggled from the start, down 14-0 and outgained 112-12 in total yardage in the first quarter. The Mustangs, however, finished the game with more yards than Sprayberry — 225-191 — and even held the Yellow Jackets to minus-20 yards in the second quarter.

“I made a comment about our seniors not knowing what it’s like to lose to Sprayberry to motivate our team,” Kennesaw Mountain coach Andy Scott said. “I shouldn’t have done that. We tried to play our assignments and continued to play our defense. We had some miscues on offense.”

Sprayberry (1-1) jumped out to an early 14-0 lead on Sermon’s touchdown runs of 20 and 4 yards.

“We’ve let Kennesaw Mountain jump out on us in previous years, and we made a commitment to come out strong to start the game,” Shackelford said. 

“It felt good to get the win with us working together as a team,” Sermon said. “The offensive line had a really good game and got movement.”

The Mustangs scored their lone touchdown in the second quarter on a 16-yard touchdown run by Gregory Martinez, cutting the Yellow Jackets’ lead to 14-7 heading into halftime. 

Kennesaw Mountain finished the game with 174 rushing yards.

After a scoreless third quarter, each team converted field goals early in the fourth quarter. Jeremy Hall hit a 25-yarder for Sprayberry, while Baylor Cantrell connected from 32 yards out for Kennesaw Mountain.



Read more: The Marietta Daily Journal - Sermon Yellow Jackets sting Mustangs rally bid 

Sprayberry preaches Sermon’s skills

08/08/2015, 12:26am EDT
By Adam Carrington, Marietta Daily Journal

Sprayberry preaches Sermon’s skills

Sprayberry preaches Sermon’s skills
by Adam Carrington
acarrington@mdjonline.com
August 08, 2015 12:26 AM | 1664 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Although it won’t be until this season that he becomes a starter, Sprayberry running back Trey Sermon already has offers from a Who’s Who of colleges.
<BR>Special photo by Ted Mayer
Although it won’t be until this season that he becomes a starter, Sprayberry running back Trey Sermon already has offers from a Who’s Who of colleges. 
Special photo by Ted Mayer
 
 
Running back Trey Sermon may only be a junior, and he has yet to become a steady starter for Sprayberry, but he already has offers from more than 20 colleges.

Sermon did see ample playing time for the Yellow Jackets (6-4) last season behind Rakeem Myricks, who has since graduated. He managed 409 yards and eight touchdowns, which was good enough season for Sprayberry recruiting coordinator Antwan Toomer to make a highlight reel and send it off to colleges.

And schools from coast to coast — Stanford, Ohio State and Michigan have offered Sermon, as have much of the Atlantic Coast and Southeastern conferences — saw enough talent and potential to extend an offer.

According to Sprayberry coach Billy Shackelford, the 6-foot-1, 205-pound Sermon is built to plow his way through defensive lines and has enough breakaway speed to gain significant yardage one he’s in open space.

“He’s a unique back,” Shackelford said of the Marietta Daily Journal Dynamite Dozen selection. “He has breakaway speed, strength and power to run by you and run through you. He’s also young, and a kid that size, they have a great opportunity to grow and mature. He’s very athletic, and he can become one of our best offensive players and defensive players.”

It’s a skill Sermon started developing when he was 7, and a skill he started taking seriously at 12 when he discovered he had the ability to make opposing tacklers miss. 

As a backup to Myricks last season, Sermon did a variety of things that should help him get acclimated to the starter’s role quickly. He was a solid blocker and often used his size and strength to help Sprayberry get clutch yards needed to help extend drives. 

“He came in and played his role and he really shined,” Shackelford said. “The youngster took advantage of his opportunities. He got his reps as a sophomore and I expect him to have a great junior season.” 

As an understudy to Myricks, who rushed for 1,136 yards and scored 16 touchdowns last season, Sermon also picked up on a couple of things that will help him become a better ball-carrier.

“I learned that you have to react (when carrying the ball) instead of thinking too much,” Sermon said. “If you think too much, you’ll mess up. You just have to react and go 100 percent.”

As a student of the game, there are other areas Sermon said he is trying to improve upon. He’s working on his lateral movement and keeping his head forward. Last season, he had the tendency to run standing straight up.

Sermon also talked about staying within his frame while carrying the ball, instead of making wide cuts.

Most importantly, though, is Sermon’s goal is to be a 1,000-yard back at the end of his junior season and have the Yellow Jackets in the state playoffs for the first time since 2011. Losses to Kell and Sequoyah to end the 2014 season took Sprayberry out of contention after it won six straight games.

“I’m looking forward to stepping up in a leadership role,” Sermon said. “I feel I’m ready to take on this role and do the best I can for my teammates.”

The YellowJackets will officially begin practice for the 2015-16 season at 12:01 AM on August 1st. All are welcome to attend!

Come join us this Friday Night!

07/30/2015, 12:30pm EDT
By Coleman Joiner

The YellowJackets will officially begin practice for the 2015-16 season at 12:01 AM on August 1st. Come out and join us as we continue preparing for another successful season! Attendance is free. We encourage you to bring a cooler and some snacks to enjoy while you cheer on the this year's team! Go Jackets!

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