Allatoona took advantage of some early Creekview mistakes to control the game early on… The Buc student section was decked out in togas… A profound moment of silence for the Howard family.
When the Allatoona Bucs took the field on Friday night, there was no denying they meant business. A hushed Buccaneer Stadium had just paid their respects with a moment of silence for Allatoona Athletic Director Amie Howard’s family in the recent passing of their youngest son. The reverent silence was broken by the house announcer thanking the crowd for their participation and the Buc players were more than ready to do their part by getting a win for their beloved AD.
A slow start for the Creekview Grizzlies gave the Buc offense a long field for their first drive. But after a few nice runs from Alex Wilson and Jay Ellison, the Bucs were in field goal range and finished the drive with a 3-0 lead. After an impressive QB-keep run, Creekview fumbled the ball on their next drive, giving the Bucs great field position. However, the drive stalled on the Grizzly 35-yard line and Jude Kelley got the nod to attempt a 52-yard FG. Having kicked a 54-yarder the week before, Kelley was ready and put the ball between the uprights to give the Bucs a 6-0 lead.
The Bucs really got going in the second quarter and for all intents and purposes, this is where the game was won. The Grizzlies could get nothing going on offense and the Bucs capitalized with touchdowns by Ellison, Asante Das, and QB Dante Marshall to close out the half with a comfortable 27-0 lead.
Creekview started the second half with renewed optimism, after recovering a bobbled kickoff. They took that momentum all the way down the field and put a TD on the board early in the third quarter. The Bucs made sure that their happiness was short-lived though and didn’t allow another Grizzly point the rest of the game. A 46-yard Kelley FG toward the end of the third quarter and a Garrett Dequori TD in the middle of the fourth would end the game with a 37-7 Buccaneer victory.
Allatoona’s next game is September 13 at River Ridge.