After leading 14-0 for almost three quarters, Allatoona (5-0, 5-0 in Region 5AAAAA) watched its lead evaporate in a matter of 5 minutes. South Paulding (2-2) scored twice to tie the game at 14-all with near the midpoint of the fourth quarter.
That’s when the Buccaneers showed what they are made of, according to coach Gary Varner.
Allatoona drove 80 yards in six plays after the Spartans tied the game and went ahead for good on a 48-yard touchdown pass from Jeremy Uzee to Cody Sorrells.
Minutes later, receiver Tommy Davis took a handoff and raced 26 yards untouched into the end zone to put away the Spartans.
“The boys showed a lot of character there at the end of the game,” Varner said. “After we lost that 14-point lead, it was pretty disheartening. We could have folded and hung our heads, but we didn’t do that and I’m proud of our team.”
After being held to a total of 16 yards of offense in the first half, South Paulding began to put
drives together late in the third quarter. The Spartans used some creative play-calling on their first touchdown, a 50-yard halfback pass from tailback Jae Bowen to Chandler Burks.
Despite coming back to tie the game midway through the fourth quarter, South Paulding coach Tim Glanton wasn’t pleased with his team’s performance.
“We did not play very well (Friday), Glanton said. “Defensively we didn’t play too bad, but we struggled on offense. Part of the credit for that has to go to Allatoona, though. They are a very good football team.”
T.J. Herron led Allatoona on the ground with 117 yards on 28 carries. Uzee paced the Buccaneers through the air by completing 6-of-11 passes for 111 yards and a touchdown.
Allatoona held South Paulding to one first down in the first half, but the Spartans managed nine first downs in the second half.