Adairsville routs Haralson to extend playoff hopes; Cass falls at Villa Rica; Kell tops Woodland
ADAIRSVILLE 42, HARALSON COUNTY 10
A 78-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Adairsville's Daylon Bailey with 5:11 remaining in the second quarter sparked a run of 35-unanswered points by the Tigers as they cruised past visiting Haralson County, 42-10. The victory places Adairsville in a region playoff game next Friday at home against North Murray with the winner advancing to the Class AAA state playoffs.
The Tigers went up 21-3 at halftime with a flurry of scores late in the half. Roger Redd (photo) hit Bryce Burgess with a nine-yard scoring pass that capped a 91 yard drive with 1:10 remaining in the half.
Adairsville linebacker Nick Johnson then picked off a pass with 0:36 left in the half to set up a 39 yard touchdown pass from Redd to Ethan Belcher with 0:21 remaining in second quarter.
The Tigers scored three more times in the third quarter.
Redd connected with Travon Branch (photo) on a 16-yard scoring pass and a 56-yard touchdown strike to go ahead 35-3.
The Rebels scored their only touchdown on a deflected pass from quarterback Nick Vaughn to Trace Spradlin that narrowed the score to 35-10. The pass hit the hands of a different receiver and deflected five yards down the field into the hands of Spradlin who ran it the rest of the way. Redd added one more Adairsville touchdown on a four-yard run with 4:05 remaining in the third quarter that made the final, 42-10.
Christian Steele carried 12 times for 120 yards for the Tigers. Mason Boswell added 51 yards on eight rushes. Redd was 12-of-23 for 260 yards and four touchdowns. He had one interception.
Haralson fell to 2-7 overall and finished 0-4 in Region 6-AAA South.
Adairsville (3-6) will host North Murray (6-3) next Friday.
VILLA RICA 23, CASS 17
Villa Rica took a 17-0 lead on a Dawson Buchanan 33-yard field goal, an Elijah Fluker one-yard touchdown run, and a 33-yard pass from quarterback Kelvin Shackleford to Xavier Hill with 6:00 remaining in the first half.
Colonels' place kicker, Anthony Robledo, converted on a 22-yard field goal with 0:16 remaining in the first half to make the score 17-3 at halftime.
Cass sophomore running back, Thomas Gilliam, scored on a 12-yard run that narrowed Villa Rica's lead to 17-10 with 8:57 left in the third quarter.
The Wildcats went up 23-10 on a 17 yard run by Fluker and Cass quarterback, Brett Gaddy (photo) tossed a 3-yard scoring pass to Devin Pritchett with 0:56 remaining for the 23-17 final.
Villa Rica improved to 5-5 with their win. Cass slipped to 3-6.
The Colonels travel to Carrollton (8-1) next Friday to conclude their season.
KELL 42, WOODLAND 14
Kell went up 14-0 on touchdown runs by John Lampley and Josiah Futral. Quarterback John Lampley then tossed touchdown passes to Logan Flesher and Michael Lucky, followed by a 62-yard touchdown run by Dre Houston that gave the Longhorns a 35-0 lead at the intermission.
Woodland scored its 14 points quickly in the third quarter when quarterback Brody Williams scored on a 1-yard dive to cap an eight-play, 57-yard drive. On the next play from scrimmage, linebacker Emmanuel Jones intercepted a pass from backup quarterback Patrick Flesher and returned it 42 yards to the end zone.
Victor Glover made the final 42-14 with a fourth quarter touchdown run. Lampley ran only once for six yards and threw only five passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns. Futral carried six times for 47 yards.
Kell improved to 7-2 overall and 6-1 in Region 7-AAAAA.
Woodland (0-9, 0-7) will host Rome next Friday.