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Pullum's four TDs not enough as the Tigers fall in the opening round of the 3A state playoffs

Jamarion Pullum scored four touchdowns but the Tigers fell to Gilmer in the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs.

Adairsville and Gilmer traded heavyweight blows throughout the evening Friday night but it was the visiting Bobcats who escaped the Class 3A first-round battle with a 35-28 playoff win.

Jamarian Pullum scored all four touchdowns for Adairsville with runs of 4-, 5-, 8-, and 18-yards. He also added a two-point conversion run.

Gilmer received the opening kickoff but failed to score, eventually punting the ball to Adairsville. Pullum scored a 4-yard rushing touchdown, though Adairsville missed the PAT but held a 6-0 advantage.

On the subsequent kickoff, Gilmer executed a fantastic return, positioning themselves inside the 10-yard line. They scored an 8-yard rushing touchdown by Wyatt Stokes, seizing a 7-6 lead late in the first quarter.

Despite a strong initial possession, Adairsville struggled on their second attempt, resulting in a stalled drive. Meanwhile, Gilmer capitalized, scoring on an 8-yard run by Hunter Britain early in the second quarter. The Bobcats followed that score with a 69-yard rushing touchdown by Isaac Rellinger to build a 21-6 lead late in the second quarter, extending their lead to 21-6 with 9:15 remaining in the half.

Adairsville, in need of a touchdown, managed to score just before halftime. Pullum’s 5-yard rushing touchdown and a successful two-point conversion narrowed the score to 21-14 with less than a minute remaining before intermission.

After receiving the second-half kickoff, Adairsville aimed to regain momentum, achieving an 8-yard rushing touchdown by Pullum. The Tigers’ seven-play, 48-yard touchdown drive tied the score at 21-21.

Gilmer swiftly responded, scoring on a 60-yard rushing touchdown by Peyton Chancey with 6:21 left in the third quarter. The scoring sprint reclaimed a 28-21 lead for the Bobcats.

The Tigers answered with another Pullum touchdown run. His 18-yard rushing touchdown pulled Adairsville even at 28-all with 3:35 left in the third.

Early in the fourth quarter, Gilmer embarked on a time-consuming, 91-yard drive. The eight-minute march culminated with a 1-yard run by Douglas Callihan. The 14-play drive gave Gilmer a 35-28 advantage with just 2:35 remaining in the game.

Adairsville had one final opportunity to score and potentially win the game. Unfortunately, the Tigers made a crucial mistake, throwing an interception as Gilmer regained possession and ran out the clock to secure the victory.

Despite the playoff exit, Adairsville concluded a phenomenal season with an 8-3 record and a region championship.

GAME SCORING SUMMARY: 1st Qtr: AHS - (6:11) - 9 plays, 50 yds...4 yd TD run by Jamarian Pullum, Souders PAT blocked (6-0)

GHS - (2:21) -- 7 plays, 58 yards...8 yd TD run by Wyatt Stokes (Noah Turner PAT good)...GHS 7-6

2nd Qtr: GHS (9:15) -- 9 plays, 57 yards...8-yd TD run by Hunter Britain [PAT good] 14-6 (57.6) -- 6 plays, 83 yards... 69-yard TD run by Isaac Rellinger [PAT good] 21-6

AHS: (25.9) -- 6 plays, 52 yards....5-yard TD run by Jamarian Pullum [Pullum 2pt Conv good] 21-14 GHS leads

3rd Qtr: AHS (6:39) -- 7 plays, 48 yards...8-yard TD run by Jamarian Pullum [PAT good] 21-21 GHS (6:21) -- 1 play, 60 yards....60-yard TD run by Peyton Chancey [PAT good] 28-21 AHS (3:35) -- 8 plays, 40 yards...18-yard TD run by Jamarian Pullum [PAT Good] 28-28

4th Qtr: Adairsville marched to the Bobcat 9-yard line before turning the ball over on downs after a missed pass from Braxton Elrod to Tre Winters.

GHS (2:35) -- 14 plays, 91 yards...1 yd TD run by Douglas Callihan [PAT Good] 35-28

~~ Kevin Pate / WBHF Sports and Larry Gardner contributed to this report.

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