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The ECHO Yearbook (Spring 1984)

Jackets a Big Surprise in 1983

From The ECHO (Spring 1984):

"The 1983 Varsity Football Team had an excellent year, finishing with an 8-3 record.  As last year, the Yellow Jackets won the 5-AAAA SubRegion B Championship.  The team's showing is even more impressive when one considers that this was supposed to be a rebuilding year.

Success on the field would not have been accomplished without some fine individual performances.  Although the offense was not spectacular, it got the job done.  Its leaders included tailback Darryl Holladay, who rushed for 942 yards; Darrin Ayers at quarterback, and running back Jerry Bell (768 yards rushing).

Defense was the team's real strong point.  Individuals highlighting the defense were Rick Odle, Sterling Steadman, and Thomas White.  Rick had a fantastic season.  He was involved in 179 tackles - an almost unbelievable feat."







Season Summary

From The ECHO (Spring 1984):

"The Yellow Jackets opened the season against Lassiter and won, 13-3.  Strong defense held the Trojans to only two first downs.

The next week, Sprayberry posted an upset victory over Walton, 10-6.

After a 20-13 loss to Douglas County...

... the Jackets defeated Etowah, 16-8...

... and Paulding County, 21-18.

The Homecoming game, as in the previous two years, was lost.  Pebblebrook contained the Yellow Jackets' offense and came away with a 13-10 victory.

After the disappointing Homecoming loss, Spraybery caught fire.  Marietta, the eventual 5-AAAA Champ, lost to the Yellow Jackets, 17-7.

In an uneventful game the follwing week, Wheeler was defeated, 20-7.

In a very impressive game against Seventh-Ranked Campbell (Smyrna), the Jackets won, 21-14.  Jerry Bell and Darrin Ayers were major conributors in the victory.

The next game against McEachern was completely dominated by Sprayberry.  The 42-14 win closed out an 8-2 season mark.  With this victory, Sprayberry claimed the SubRegion Title and the Number Ten ranking in the State.

Unfortunately, the team's lofty standing was not enjoyed for long.  In the First-Round Playoff game against Walton, the Yellow Jackets lost, 14-8."

1983 Football Season