MARIETTA, Ga. – Roswell played a strong first half against Wheeler and held on for a 21-19 victory last Friday night, Oct. 4, over the Wildcats.
The Hornets scored touchdowns on three of five first half series to take a 21-10 halftime lead, but struggled offensively in the second half. Trailing 21-13 late in the fourth quarter, the Wildcats recovered a Roswell fumble and drove for a touchdown, but Roswell stopped the 2-point conversion attempt and recovered the onside kick.
Roswell scored its touchdowns on 8-yard runs by Shakur Jackson and Mechane Slade and a 45-yarder by freshman Sheldon Evans, who led the Hornets with 90 yards rushing.
“We did not play very well in the second half, especially on offense,” Roswell coach John Ford said. “But the defense did a really good job for most of the second half.”
Roswell is 1-2 in Region 5-AAAAAA and 3-3 overall. Wheeler is 0-3 and 2-4.
Other than the closeness of the score, the game was a complete contrast to the Hornets’ previous game, a 38-36 loss at unbeaten Etowah.
Trailing 17-0 at the half, the Hornets scored five touchdowns in the last 13 minutes of the game. Junior quarterback James Whitaker came off the bench to pass for 327 yards and four touchdowns, three of them to Hunter Coleman.
The two teams combined for 50 points and more than 450 yards of offense in the final period, with Whitaker 13 of 23 for 209 yards in the quarter.
– MIKE BLUM