Buccaneers dominate in the air
DALTON — Slowly but surely, Allatoona’s offense is proving that it is far from being one dimensional.
Junior Jeremy Uzee passed for 232 yards and two touchdowns as the Buccaneers cruised to a 42-7 road victory over Southeast Whitfield on Friday night.
D.J. Ezell had three receptions for 170 yards and a score and Miles Jones rushed for 84 yards and two TDs for Allatoona (3-0), which also defeated the Raiders 55-14 last season.
“Jeremy Uzee and the receivers all played a great game,” Allatoona head coach Gary Varner said. “Three weeks in a row we’ve really done well in the passing game and its really made a big difference for us.”
Early on, the Buccaneers’ aerial attack didn’t directly produce scores, but it definitely set them up.
On the second play of the Bucs’ first drive, Uzee found Austin Cain for a 20-yard completion. Two plays later, disaster nearly struck when Jones lost a fumble but Andrew Hester picked the ball up and reached pay dirt for a 7-0 edge.
Allatoona’s next possession basically followed the same theme with Uzee finding Ezell for 38 yards on a bootleg. But this time and three plays later, Jones pushed his way into the end zone to extend the lead to 14 points.
After Southeast Whitfield halved the margin early in the second quarter, Uzee responded with a 51-yard pass to Ezell, placing the ball on the 10. Jones returned to pay dirt on the next play, stretching the difference back to double digits in the second quarter.
Following a Raider punt, Uzee capped a 10-play, 62-yard drive with a 33-yard strike to Kenny Padtha for a TD and a 28-7 advantage with 3:41 left in the half.
“(Southeast Whitfield) was just selling out, saying we’re going to stop the run and basically had nine guys in the box with the safeties coming down hill,” Varner said. “So we were able to take what they gave us and capitalize.
Besides the fact that Southeast Whitfield dominated the ball for most of the second half, Allatoona maximized its possessions. First with a 51-yard touchdown connection between Uzee and Tommy Davis. Then to finalize things with an 81-yard TD completion between backup Zech Hampton and Ezell.
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