Defense leads Allatoona past Cartersville
October 1, 2011

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ACWORTH - Miles Jones rushed for 221 yards and a touchdown to help No. 5 Allatoona secure possibly its biggest win of the year with a 10-0 decision over Cartersville.

The game was between the two best teams in the south subregion of Region 7AAA, and the victory over the Purple Hurricanes gives the Buccaneers a leg up in the race for the No. 1 spot and a spot in the region championship game.

Allatoona (5-0, 1-0) gained the early momentum when Jones scored on the team's first play on a 73-yard touchdown run to give Allatoona a 7-0 lead.

"The offensive line did a great job of blocking for me on that play and opened a hole for me to run through," Jones said.

The Bucs had an opportunity to continue the offensive pressure in the first quarter with a drive that lasted more than 6 minutes and included a fourth-down conversion on a 1-yard run by quarterback Jeremy Uzee. However, the Hurricanes (2-3, 0-1) managed to stop Jones one yard short of a first down during a rushing attempt on fourth down from the Cartersville 17-yard line to give the Hurricanes the ball.

"We made some mistakes in the first half on offense," said Allatoona coach Gary Varner. "We were able to gain a lot of yardage but couldn't score when we had the ball deep in Cartersville side of the field."

The Hurricanes were unable to take advantage of Allatoona's turnover and punted the ball away for the second of five times in the contest.

The Allatoona defense made a big play with 8:11 left in the first half when Alex Ison intercepted a pass from receiver Elijah Windom of Cartersville on a botched double-reverse to give the Bucs the ball on the Hurricanes' 14-yard line.

"Our defense did a great job (Friday night) and won the game for us," Varner said. "We were able to get that key interception and continued to be in the position as an entire defensive unit to makes plays throughout the entire contest."

The Bucs scored the other points of the contest through a 27-yard field goal by Nate Shaw with 6:05 left in the first half to make the score 10-0 in favor of Allatoona.

Cartersville's best opportunity to score in the game came with 6:02 left in the third quarter when kicker Preston Slemp missed a 40-yard field goal attempt.

The Bucs defense allowed only 117 total yards in the contest, only 29 of which came in the first half, and held the Hurricanes to 2-for-10 on third-down conversions.

"We're happy with the win because Cartersville is an established program and played well against us tonight," said Varner. "Our goal as we continue to build as a program is to make the playoffs again this season and tonight's win gets us closer to that goal."

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