Allatoona’s defense dominant again
by Tom Mudrak
MDJ Sports Correspondent
September 07, 2013 02:03 AM | 2017 views | 3 3 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A trio of Allatoona defenders — from left, Juanyah Tarver, Brandon Rainey and Cody Webb — combine to bring down Paulding County’s Corin Duginski for a loss. The Buccaneers’ defense posted its second straight shutout Friday, winning 39-0.
A trio of Allatoona defenders — from left, Juanyah Tarver, Brandon Rainey and Cody Webb — combine to bring down Paulding County’s Corin Duginski for a loss. The Buccaneers’ defense posted its second straight shutout Friday, winning 39-0.
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ACWORTH — Running back Josh Bettistea got all the pre-game hype for Allatoona, but the Buccaneers’ defense stole the show Friday night, shutting out Paulding County 39-0.

The strong defensive performance was led by linebacker Justin Wade, who came up big in stuffing the Patriots’ running game.

“Justin is the quiet type,” Allatoona defensive coordinator Troy Peterson said. “He lets his play speak for himself. He’s a big hitter and a leader for this team.”

The senior is the lone returner from last season’s defensive unit, but his younger teammates have quickly proven themselves as the Bucs defense has started the season with two straight shut outs.

Right on cue, the Buccaneers’ sealed the game in the third quarter.

The defense forced two turnovers including a fumble, which resulted in a second safety, and an interception returned 47 yards to the 1-yard line by John Njuguna to set up a touchdown. Allatoona also snuffed out a fake punt attempt.

Bettistea, who had 13 carries for 178 yards and two touchdowns, scored on a 16-yard run, while Russell Halimon added two touchdown runs of 6 and 9 yards.

Coach Gary Varner was very high on his running backs after the game.

“All of our backs played well tonight,” he said. “Russell played especially well, he ran the ball hard and smart.”

Paulding County controlled the ball for the better part of the first half running 39 plays to Allatoona’s 17.

However, a blocked punt for a safety followed by a 55-yard touchdown run by Bettistea on the next play put Allatoona in front 9-0.

The road gets a little more difficult for the Buccaneers going forward.

Despite outscoring their opponents 89-0 through the first two games, both Coach Varner and Coach Peterson stressed the work the team has to put in this week. “We are going to have to play a lot better next week,” Varner said, “We have to play smarter and more disciplined to beat Rome.”

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Maggie loves you
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September 12, 2013
Great article! I was thoroughly interested even though I did not see the game. I like your choice of words and down to earth quality of writing.
Bucs Fan
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September 08, 2013
Great article but the 47 yard interception was made by # 27 Scott Roembke.
Buc Mom
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September 07, 2013
The players pictured in the above photo are listed incorrectly. #16 is Juanyea Tarver as reported but the other two players are #9 Justin Wade and #19 Hunter Allen.
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