Bucs to open playoffs at home
October 22, 2011

JASPER - Allatoona clinched their second straight subregion title in convincing fashion, rolling up 481 yards of total offense in a dominating 42-7 win over Pickens.

Along with the 7AAA (B) crown, the victory keeps Allatoona undefeated at 8-0, clinches its second straight state playoff appearance, and most importantly awards them a spot in the 7AAA championship which will be held at Buccaneer Stadium on Nov. 4.

"It was a good win. Our kids were able to come out and execute the game plan better this week and we were able to jump on them early. I'm proud of the kids tonight," said Buccaneer coach Gary Varner.

On a chilly night the Buccaneers came out clicking on all cylinders.

The Buccaneers' offense scored touchdowns on six of their seven possessions before pulling their starters midway through the third quarter.

Allatoona got things started by moving 67 yards in five plays on their opening possession. Running back Miles Jones did the heavy lifting with and 18-yard run on his first carry and eventually capped the drive off with a 27-yard touchdown run for a 7-0 lead just 2 minutes into the game.

Getting the ball right back, Allatoona's passing game handled the second drive.

After a 17-yard run from T.J. Herron, quarterback Jeremy Uzee hit Herron in the flats for a 17-yard gain that moved the ball to the 20. Two plays later Uzee connected with D.J. Ezell for a 17-yard score that pushed the score to 14-0 before the home crowd was finished filing in.

Pickens showed brief signs of life when Tanner Brumby threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to David Culberth in the second quarter, but that was all the Dragons (1-7, 1-3) would muster and Allatoona was just getting started.

Jones scored his second touchdown of the game from 5 yards and Uzee tossed his second touchdown of the night on a 25-yard strike to Herron that made the score 28-7 just before half.

"I feel like the offensive line really came out and played well, we did some different things in practice this week and in the game and those guys did a good job of executing them on the field," said Varner.

Allatoona's offensive line paved the way for 386 yards on the ground, 25 first downs and kept Uzee's jersey spotless in pass protection.

Jones led the way with 183 yards on just 16 carries, while Uzee completed 5-of-10 passes for 95 yards through the air.

Herron, who finished with 95 total yards on eight touches, and fullback Robert Johnson added third quarter touchdowns to push the score to 42-7 before a running clock brought the last 18 minutes to a merciful end for a Pickens.

The Dragons managed just 98 yards of offense and five first downs on the night.

Read more: The Marietta Daily Journal - Bucs to open playoffs at home

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