Fast start not enough for Bartow 10U all-stars in GRPA state semifinals
The Bartow County Recreation Department’s 10U youth football all-stars took an early lead Sunday afternoon, but were unable to hold on in a 20-12 state semi-final loss to Rome in the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association (GRPA) playoffs at Calhoun High School.
Bartow County, representing GRPA District 5, took a 12-0 lead in the first quarter.
Devin Henderson put the locals on the scoreboard first with a 43 yard burst. Jamarion Pullum scored later in the opening quarter on a 37-yard jaunt. Both conversion attempts failed.
Rome responded with a pair of second quarter touchdowns to knot the score 12-12 at the intermission.
Following a scoreless third period, Rome scored the go-ahead touchdown on a one-yard run in the fourth quarter and added a two-point conversion.
Trailing by eight, Bartow had one more possession to tie but was turned away and finished third in the state playoffs.
Henderson led the Bartow defense with eight tackles. Pullum and Richard Houston followed with five tackles each. Truitt Hayworth added four tackles.
Rome, who defeated Central Walton 27-21 to reach the state semifinals against Bartow, will play in the GRPA 10U state championship game Saturday, December 10 at Calhoun High School. Rome will face Chatham County in the title game at 3pm.
Chatham County defeated Columbia County 39-12 and South Bryan County 41-16 to win the South Georgia half of the bracket this past weekend in Tifton.
2016 BARTOW COUNTY 10U GRPA YOUTH FOOTBALL ALL-STAR ROSTER
Easton Adams, Michael Alexander, Luke Altizer, Ethan Blome, Devyn Brown, Ethan Brown, Zantivan Brown, Jachai Delgado, Cole Dumas, Andrew Foster, Jonathan Gough, Adrian Harris, Jr., Ja’kevian Harris, Truitt Hayworth, Devin Henderson, Kevin Henderson, Jr., Richard Houston, Quinton Kowdis, Isaiah Livsey, Jamie Long, Kendrick Price, Jamarian Pullum, Logan Shrewsbury, Kintrell Whatley. Head Coach: Terrance Benham. Assistant coaches: Joel Green, Thomas Pullum, Terrance Echols, and Adrian Harris.
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