Allatoona and Richmond Hill met for the first time in the 6A Semifinals. Richmond Hill was coming off one of their best seasons ever and wasn’t ready to end it. After their 16-14 win against Valdosta, the Wildcats had all the confidence in the world. The Bucs were coming off a shutout win against Coffee and were also ready to take care of business.
Allatoona started off very strong in their opening drive. They marched all the way down the field with leading rusher, Alex Wilson. The drive was capped off with a pass that was tipped by a Wildcat into the hands of Zach Jackson, who pushed his way into the endzone for the first score of the game.
Richmond Hills offense was unable to pick up a first down the whole first quarter. Their offense seemed dead, until their special teams unit blocked an Allatoona punt to put them on the 1-yard line. Jalen Rouse blew into the endzone first play to tie the game.
Both defenses played outstanding and kept each other to minimal yards all game. Allatoona’s run heavy attack seemingly got them nowhere against the stingy Wildcat defense, while the Wildcat’s running attack had no luck against the Buc frontline.
One of the only big offensive plays was Tyler Coleman’s pass to Isaiah Allen for a big gain, which setup a jump pass touchdown from Jalen Rouse. Richmond Hill would lead 7-14 going into halftime.
A very defensive third quarter took place. Neither team could move the ball on offense whatsoever. Richmond Hill would keep their lead all the way until 3 minutes remained in the fourth quarter.
Dante Marshall found Asante Das in 1-on-1 coverage and took his shot. Das caught the pass and would tie up the game after a Jude Kelley PAT. In the last 2 minutes Richmond Hill would throw an interception, and Allatoona would fumble the very next play. The Bucs stopped the Wildcats one last time to take it to overtime.
In overtime, Richmond Hill had the ball first and was unable to move it anywhere. They attempted a short field goal, but the kick was wide left. The Bucs took charge on their first possession in OT and ran a couple quarterback sneaks before sending Jude Kelley out for the final play. The cow bells were ringing and the student section was roaring. The ball was snapped, the hold was straight, and the kick was good. Kelly’s most important kick of the season was accurate and true, just as they had been all year. Allatoona is in the finals in true nail-biter fashion.
Allatoona will be looking forward to their next matchup versus their backyard rival, the Harrison Hoyas, in a season rematch for the 6A Championship next weekend. Don’t miss this Cobb Schools matchup for the state title; it will be one to remember.