Bucs move to 3-0 in Region 5AAAAA
by Jeff Dickinson
MDJ Sports Correspondent
September 15, 2012 02:55 AM | 4018 views | 6 6 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Rome at Allatoona

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ACWORTH — Allatoona’s T.J. Herron scored four touchdowns Friday to lead the Buccaneers to a 39-17 victory over Rome in a key Region 5AAAAA matchup.

Herron ran for 145 yards and scored on runs of 2, 25, 3 and 10 yards in a game in which Allatoona never trailed.

After moving up two classifications to Class AAAAA this season, Allatoona was in for a huge challenge trying to follow its 12-1 record in 2011.

The Buccaneers are now 3-0 and remain in the hunt for a region championship.

However, Allatoona still has some work to do, according to coach Gary Varner.

“I’m really proud of the kids because they came out with the right attitude against Rome (Friday),” Varner said. “Our offensive line played well and did a great job of picking up Rome’s blitzes and stunts. I guess a coach is really never happy, though, because we have got to do a better job on special teams than we did (Friday).”

The only thing that kept Rome (2-1) in the game was two kickoff returns for touchdowns that both tallied more than 90 yards. Except for those scores, the Wolves could only manage a lone field goal against the Buccaneer defense.

Allatoona kept the Wolves on their heels defensively all night by mixing up its offensive arsenal. In addition to Herron’s big night on the ground, Allatoona quarterback Jeremy Uzee performed well through the air by completing 10-of-16 passes for 151 yards.

After the Buccaneers went up 19-3 midway through the second quarter, it looked like the game was going to be a blowout. Then Rome’s Myron Washington returned the ensuing kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown to cut Allatoona’s lead to 19-10.

Rome struck again on special teams late in the third quarter after Allatoona went ahead 33-10 on a 12-yard touchdown pass from Uzee to Clarence Solberry. Frank Griffin stunned the home crowd once more when he returned the Allatoona kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown to trim the lead to 33-17.

The kickoff returns were not enough, though, as the Buccaneers continued to run through the Rome defense.

“We just couldn’t get the Allatoona offense off the field (Friday),” Rome coach Franco Perkins said. “We couldn’t stop their running game and their running backs just took it to us. They are a well-coached team.”
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bucs
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September 18, 2012
NO love for the defense again....
1Millionbucs
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September 17, 2012
I don't like to complain, but the coverage for a team with our success, dating back to last year has been disappointing. How do you have a defense with nearly 3 shutouts got unmentioned? How does a punishing senior running back(#10) wake up without an action shot, after a 4 td performance? Anyway, thats my .2. We're undefeated and udefeated at home now, going on two years. GO
defense?
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September 15, 2012
Let Ravenscraft start coaching defense and then they'll be front and center. No, wait a minute, then he'll try to take all the credit for that too!!!
skibo
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September 15, 2012
come on guys, all pics are offense and all the article talks about is offense. what about DEFENSE!!! offense cant score if there not on the field. 3 pts is all they allowed and you guys say NOTHING!!! WOW!!
77USMC99
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September 15, 2012
Roger That! Not enough credit goes to the Defense or the BEEF up Front on the offensive line. Our defense is so Good I feel that they are taken for granted!
goahsbucs
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September 15, 2012
Not much to say. Rome barely had the ball on offense. Toona held on to the ball most of the game, and with the special teams touchdowns that was the majority of the game. Don't get me wrong defense played well, but they have limited space in the paper and just summarized what the game was about.
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