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Sprayberry runs over county rival Campbell

By Greg Oshust - Marietta Daily Journal 09/13/2016, 12:15am EDT

Yellow Jackets go 3-0 winning 47-13

Sprayberry runs over county rival Campbell


SMYRNA — Sprayberry assured itself its best start in 27 years with a convincing 47-13 victory over county rival Campbell in a non-region game at Richard McDaniel Stadium on Friday.

The win gives Sprayberry its first 3-0 start since 1989 and its fifth since its football program began in 1956.

“When you prepare for a game, you don’t think about stuff like that,” Sprayberry coach Billy Shackelford said. “It’s neat and it’s an honor. We try to go out and play and do our best every game. But I’m really excited. It’s always good to be 3-0 and it’s even better to be 4-0 and that’s what we’re going to work on next week.”

Sprayberry got a break on the game’s opening possession as D.J. Worthy recovered a fumble by Campbell quarterback Kameron Smith at the Yellow Jacket 40-yard line.

It took only four plays for Sprayberry to score, with London Roberson scoring on a 7-yard quarterback keeper. He followed with a run for the 2-point conversion to give the Yellow Jackets an 8-0 lead.

Campbell struck back on the ensuing drive as Smith threw a 66-yard touchdown pass to Colby Deprill to cut Sprayberry’s advantage to 8-7.

After Worthy’s 42-yard kickoff return on the ensuing kickoff gave Sprayberry the ball at the Campbell 48, Trey Sermon cut loose for a 44-yard touchdown run two plays later to increase the Yellow Jackets’ lead to 15-7 with 2:12 left in the first quarter.

Sprayberry’s special teams came up with a big play on the next series as it blocked a Campbell punt. Luan Cosmo recovered the ball and returned it to the Spartans 8 with 40 seconds left in the first quarter.

A couple of holding penalties on Sprayberry would move the ball back to the Campbell 23, but Sermon responded with runs of 11 and 7 yards that would set up his 1-yard touchdown, and Roberson’s 2-point run to increase the Yellow Jackets’ advantage to 22-7.

A 20-yard field goal by Myles Worthy completed the scoring in the first half and gave Sprayberry a 26-7 lead it would take into halftime.

The Yellow Jackets didn’t waste any time adding to its lead as the second half began. Roberson connected with Abay Holmes for a 63-yard touchdown pass and then running a quarterback keeper into the end zone for a 2-point conversion to make it 34-7.

Sprayberry’s defense helped set up the Yellow Jackets’ next score as Trey Milton intercepted a pass and ran it back to the Canpbell 19. Roberson scored on a 19-yard run two plays later to give the Jackets a 40-7 lead.

Sermon added his third touchdown of the night with an 8-yard run with 2 seconds left in the third quarter to give Sprayberry a 47-7 lead.

Campbell would cut Sprayberry’s final margin of victory when Desmond McDowell scored from 2-yards out with 59 seconds remaining in the game after setting it up with a 50-yard run.

“They’re a good ball club,” Campbell coach Ryan Brady said. “They’ve got a good quarterback (Roberson) and the running back (Sermon) is going to Oklahoma. He’s the real deal and as long as that kid can stay healthy, they have a chance. We’ve got a lot of work ahead. We’re going to go to work and try to get better.”

Late Touchdowns Lift the Yellow Jackets to Victory

By Greg Oshust - Marietta Daily Journal 09/05/2016, 9:15am EDT

Yellow Jackets Win the California Dreaming Bowl

Late touchdowns lift Yellow Jackets to victory

Greg Oshust - Sep 3, 2016


MARIETTA — Sprayberry rallied with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to come from behind and defeat Kennesaw Mountain 23-15 on Friday in a battle of non-region rivals at Jim Frazier Stadium.

Trey Sermon’s 47-yard touchdown run proved to be the game-winner for Sprayberry (2-0), which also got a score later in the final period on a 2-yard quarterback keeper by London Roberson.

“It’s a little cross-town rivalry between us and Kennesaw Mountain,” Sprayberry coach Billy Shackelford said. “We’ve established a tradition and it’s always a good game — back and forth. Hats off to (Kennesaw Mountain) coach (Andy) Scott and his kids. They fought hard and they did a great job.”

Sermon played a big role in all three phases of the game, with the Oklahoma commitment rushing for 101 yards on 15 carries and a touchdowns on offense, as well as grabbing an interception on defense and making a number of big kickoff returns on special teams.

“Trey is such a great player,” Shackelford said. “He can block, he can run it, he can kick it, he can catch it. He can do it all. He is such a force on both sides of the ball. He does a good job of running the football, but people don’t realize what a quality defensive player he is.”

Tony Mack rushed for 145 yards on 17 carries and two touchdown, including an 84-yard scoring run in the first quarter, to lead Kennesaw Mountain (0-2).

It was Mack’s second touchdown run — a 5-yarder with 6:14 remaining in the game — along with Jarrett Guest's 2-point conversion pass to Ryland Goede that gave Kennesaw Mountain a 15-9 lead.

However, Sermon struck back with a 41-yard kickoff return that took the ball to the Mustang 47-yard line on the ensuing kickoff. He London Roberson proceeded to blow past the Kennesaw Mountain defense for a 47-yard scoring run — followed by Jake Pickett’s extra point — to put Sprayberry ahead 16-15 with 5:51 left in the game.

Sermon came up big with a 32-yard run that took the ball to the Kennesaw Mountain 17 on Sprayberry’s next possession with 3:44 left, setting up Roberson’s 2-yard scoring scamper and Pickett’s extra point to give the Yellow Jackets their final margin of victory at the 1:06 mark.

“It was a great, all-around effort,” Shackelford said. “We didn’t necessarily win it all on offense, and we didn’t necessarily win it all on defense, but I thought we won special teams.

Kennesaw Mountain didn’t waste any time getting on the scoreboard as it scored on the first possession of the game, with Mack’s 84-yard touchdown run and Cantrell’s extra point giving the Mustangs a 7-0 lead with 9:44 remaining in the first quarter.

Sermon made key plays on both offense and defense to give Sprayberry its first score of the game. He intercepted a pass from Guest with 2:58 remaining in the first quarter, then scored on a 9-yard run on the second play of the ensuing drive. Pickett converted the extra point to help the Yellow Jackets tie the game at 7-all with 2:16 left.

The secondaries for both teams came up with big plays on the next two series, with Sprayberry’s Roman Deberry intercepting a Guest pass as time ran out in the first quarter and Kennesaw Mountain’s Myles Jackson picking off a pass from Yellow Jacket quarterback London Roberson with 8:47 remaining in the first half.

It was the defense that put Sprayberry ahead as it threw Mack back into the end zone for a 1-yard loss with 5:20 left in the third quarter to give the Yellow Jackets a 9-7 advantage.

“Hats off to (Sprayberry),” Scott said. “They did a great job, and they’re a great football team, and we just have a long way to go.”

Yellow Jackets Blank the Cardinals

By Issac Goodwin - Marietta Daily Journal 09/01/2016, 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.