By: Austin Butler
The Rome Wolves didn’t waste any time taking what they felt was theirs.
Rome came into this came in some predictions being a 9 point favorite, and a 13
point favorite but the Wolves had something else in mind by proving that
predictions and point spreads don’t always mean anything.
Rome would travel to Creekview to play for a region championship and with a
Rome win this would be their 3rd straight region title.
Creekview being considered the second toughest team in the region surely
wasn’t going to back down.
However, the Wolves would strike first and strike quickly not giving the Grizzlies a
chance to breathe.
Rome would receive the ball and would not waste any time getting the offense
Rome would run quick plays and not let Creekview get their feet together before
Rome QB Reece Fountain tossed beautiful a 38 yarder to Rome WR Nic Hester
for the Wolves TD to make an early score of the first series be 7-0 Rome on top.
The first quarter would end and the score would remain 7-0. However, Rome
would slam 4 TDs on the table at Creekview’s house.
Rome would drive the ball quickly and Reece Fountain would run it in for an 8
yard TD to help Rome go up 14-0 in the start of the second quarter.
The Wolves would then feed the runningbacks of Rome as Javarius McDearmont
would scamper in for a 19 yard TD to make the score 21-0 in the second quarter.
The defense had been stout not allowing any runs what so ever. DT Rashad
Sullivan would come up big for the Wolves as he recovered a loose ball to give
the Wolves the possession on offense once again.
Fountain would sling a quick strike to Rome WR Braijon Jackson for a TD to
make it 28-0 still in the second quarter.
Rome’s stingy defense would then force a 3 and out having Creekview to punt
the ball. The Grizzlies would challenge one of the top punt returners in the entire
state of Georgia by punting to Tinarious “Toot” Stallings. Stallings would take the
punt back for a TD 53 yards to make it 35-0 in the second quarter.
Rome would make yet another stop and give it right back to the offense as Rome
wanted to end this game as soon as possible and go home with a region
championship. Rome would take over on offense again and feed McDearmont
again and he would greet the end zone once again by scoring on a 66 yard TD
run. Which put him over 100 yards in the first half of the ball game.
With just 1:33 left 2nd quarter Creekviews Alex Pernod would toss a 6 yard
touchdown pass to Jackson Stanley for a quick 6. EP no good and the score
would then be 42-6 late in the second.
Rome would hurry it up and Reece Fountain would throw the ball over to Rome
standout WR and all time receiving leader in school history, D.K. Daniel for
another TD before halftime. The score at half would be 49-6 at the half, Rome.
Rome would go up 55 to Creekview’s 6 with 9:41 left 3rd quarter after Reece
Fountain’s 16 yard touchdown pass goes to Tinerious Stallings.
Creekview’s Austin Guest would come out and throw a 39 yard touchdown pass
to Nick Vaccaro for a TD to make it, 55-13 4:53 left 3rd quarter.
Creekview would give it one more go for a TD and make it 19 0:08 left 3rd
quarter Austin Guest 1 yard touchdown run.
The final Rome 55 Creekview 19.
This victory for Rome hands them their third straight region championship and
the Wolves look to head back home next Friday night to wrap up the regular
season at Barron Stadium against Etowah.
Rome will the host the first round playoff game at home. Though looking ahead, if
Rome wins the first round they will be back at home to host the second round to
face off against Langston Hughes (if they win their first round) and would meet in
a rematch of last years 6A semi final. The defending State Champs Hughes will
be tough to beat but many feel this Rome team is much better than last years on
both sides of the ball.
However, Rome has to finish next week before looking ahead to the “third
season” being the playoffs.
Kickoff will be at 7:30pm at Historic Barron Stadium in Rome, Georgia.