Sprayberry run game remains in high gear
by Marcel Pourtout MDJ Sports Writer
Sprayberry’s Trey Sermon, right, uses a stiff arm against North Springs’ Israel Alexander during the Yellow Jackets’ home opener Friday. Sermon ran for 97 yards and two touchdowns as Sprayberry won the subregion opener 44-6.
MARIETTA — Behind 291 team rushing yards and a stout defensive front, Sprayberry won its second straight game and opened Region 7AAAAA (B) play with a 44-6 victory over North Springs at Jim Frazier Stadium on Friday night.
The Yellow Jackets (2-2, 1-0) finished the game with 339 total yards, outgaining the Spartans (0-4, 0-1) by 224 yards in the victory.
“We’re doing a good job up front and we have a strong set of running backs,” Sprayberry coach Billy Shackelford said. “It’s a combination of guys. We’re doing a better job blocking on the perimeter, which is allowing us to get some big runs. We’re also playing with a little bit of an attitude, which you need with a running team.”
Sprayberry has now scored 102 points over their last eight quarters.
The Yellow Jackets scored two first-quarter touchdowns to take a 16-0 lead heading into the second quarter. Both scores came on touchdown runs of 3 and 25 yards by Rakeem Myricks, who finished the game with 79 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
The Yellow Jackets increased their lead to 23-0 early in the second quarter with Trey Sermon’s 3-yard touchdown run.
Sprayberry concluded the first half with two additional rushing touchdowns, one from Andrew Pereira from 32 yards and Myricks’ third score, that one from 36 yards.
The Yellow Jackets’ defense held the Spartans to no rushing yards in the first half.
“We’re playing more aggressive on defense,” Shackelford said. “Our kids are understanding the scheme better.”
Sprayberry scored on its first possession of the third quarter with Sermon’s second touchdown of the game. The 67-yard run increased the lead to 44-0. He finished with a team-high 97 yards on the ground.
North Springs’ lone score came late in the third quarter on a 36-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Reid to Issac Kilburn.