Sprayberry’s late rally falls short at South Paulding
by Marcel Pourtout
MDJ Sports Writer
August 23, 2014 02:29 AM | 4289 views | 4 4 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sprayberry running back Trey Sermon follows his blockers through the hole Friday at South Paulding. The Yellow Jackets fell in their season opener 24-19.
Sprayberry running back Trey Sermon follows his blockers through the hole Friday at South Paulding. The Yellow Jackets fell in their season opener 24-19.
DOUGLASVILLE — In a closely contested battle between two emerging Class AAAAA programs, South Paulding earned a 24-19 victory over Sprayberry on Friday.

Despite amassing 12 penalties for a total of 127 yards and giving up nearly 300 yards on defense, The Yellow Jackets still had an opportunity to steal a road win.

Trailing 24-12 with 8 minutes to play, and starting from its own 35-yard line, Sprayberry (0-1) drove the length of the field for a touchdown on a 15-yard touchdown pass to the left corner of the end zone from Andrew Pereira to Jon Palmer. Pereira finished the contest with a team-high 73 yards passing.

After forcing a South Paulding (1-0) punt, the Yellow Jackets regained possession and attempted a game-winning drive from their own 31-yard line with 3:30 left in the game. Sprayberry got the ball into Spartans’ territory but turned the ball over on downs.

“The game of football is real easy,” Sprayberry coach Billy Shackelford said. “You can’t have a lot of mistakes and make penalties. That hurt us on both sides of the ball.”

The Spartans took the opening drive of the game for a touchdown, scoring on a 1-yard quarterback sneak by Jake Oglesby.

The Yellow Jackets scored their first points of the game with 4:01 left in the first half when Rodrigo Blankenship converted a 31-yard field goal attempt.

Sprayberry took a 10-7 lead with 2:45 left in the first half when defensive lineman Jabari Zuniga intercepted his own tipped pass at the line of scrimmage and returned it 68 yards for a touchdown.

The Yellow Jackets weren’t able to hold their lead as an 8-yard touchdown run by South Paulding’s Kameron Watts with 17 seconds to go in the first half, made the score 14-10 Spartans.

South Paulding scored its final points of the game with 8:17 left in the contest when Oglesby completed a 26-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Brown. Oglesby finished the game with a game-high 229 yards passing.

Rakeem Myricks had a team-high 97 yards rushing for Sprayberry.

“I have faith in this football team and I think we’re going to be good this year,” Shackelford said. “We’ll get back to practice and fix our mistakes.”

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August 28, 2014
CobbVet - if by any means you think Billy is a good coach why are they loosing? I am not an arm chair QB, I talk to parents of kids who have transferred out of the SHS district because of Billy's lack of judgement on the field. He try's to control to much of ALL aspects of the program. I know first hand a big contributor to few football programs, SHS being one of them, and Billy will not allow him to be a part of the program. You need to come to realize that Billy is gone this year if he doesn't start winning ASAP! And if you want to know whi I am, just ask brother!
August 25, 2014
You guys have no idea what you are talking about. Arm Chair QB's always think they know what is up!
August 23, 2014
Well Billy you might want to start looking for another job, you talk to talk but DO NOT walk the walk!!!
August 24, 2014
I agree 100%!!! The few games I've gone too during his tenure as Coach have allowed me to witness some of the worst coaching decisions possible. A very bad coach.
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