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Yellow Jackets Blank the Cardinals

By Issac Goodwin - Marietta Daily Journal, 09/01/16, 9:00AM EDT


Jackets set school record with 60-0 win!

Yellow Jackets blank Cardinals

Isaac Goodwin - Aug 27, 2016


MARIETTA — Sprayberry had the highest-scoring output of its history Friday night, matching its 60 years with a 60-0 rout of Osborne inside Jim Frazier Stadium.

Oklahoma-bound running back Trey Sermon got the Yellow Jacket offense off to an explosive start with a 39-yard carry on the first play of the game. Quarterback London Roberson then connected with D.J. Worthy for a 26-yard touchdown on the very next play to put Sprayberry (1-0) ahead, and it never looked back.

After forcing a punt, Sprayberry took the field and scored quickly. It took only two plays to extend the lead on Roberson’s 9-yard read option.

Sprayberry forced another quick punt, putting it in great field position, then scored in just five plays on its third drive. Sermon carried the ball 4 yards into the end zone to extend the lead to 23-0.

The Yellow Jacket defense was just as dominant throughout the game, forcing three sacks, a safety and four turnovers — two for touchdowns. Roman Deberry returned an interception 30 yards for a score, extending the Yellow Jackets’ lead to 30-0 late in the first quarter.

That touchdown was followed up by a forced fumble leading to another rapid-fire offensive possession, ending in a 16-yard touchdown for Worthy.

“Any time you shut down the other team, you have got to be excited and proud,” Sprayberry coach Billy Shackelford said.

With a 37-0 lead to begin the second quarter, Roberson took another read option following the right tackle, made a cut into the middle of the field and ran 64 yards for his third touchdown of the game. Osborne (0-2) failed to manufacture any offense in the game. The Cardinals recorded just two first downs — one off of a Yellow Jacket penalty — and were held to 38 yards of total offense. Running back Marquis Ledet carried the load for the Cardinals, running for 51 yards on 22 attempts. He was the one bright spot for Osborne on an evening dominated by the Sprayberry defensive front.

“You go into a football game wanting to score and hold the opponent defensively, and that’s what we did,” Shackelford said. “I’m real proud of our kids.”

Tameron King returned a fumble 18 yards for touchdown to close out the first half and extend the Sprayberry lead to 51-0. The Yellow Jackets added a late safety and touchdown to end the game with a 60-0 victory. Sprayberry’s previous high for points in a game came in a 58-0 win over Woodland in 2004.

“We’ve got to come to work (today) and get back to the grindstone, because we have a tough team next week at Kennesaw Mountain,” Shackelford said.

Osborne will travel to Mableton next Friday, facing Pebblebrook in an attempt to turn its season around.