From the start of the game, Adairsville head coach Eric Bishop and the Tigers had a game plan to just wear down the Dragons.
Adairsville won the coin toss and deferred until the second half. After a couple of stalled drives by both offenses, Adairsville drove the ball deep into Pepperell territory.
A roughing-the-passer call against the Dragons put Adairsville first-and-goal at the 7-yard line. Adairsville quarterback Marcus Childers dropped back and was intercepted on the goal line, killing the Tiger’s scoring chance. Pepperell was able to take the ball back down the field and score the first points of the game on a field goal from Jamie Kelley.
After the fourth try on the kickoff, Sidnee Johnson ran the kick back 72 yards to give Adairsville a 7-3 lead in the first quarter. And that is how it would stay until the second quarter.
That second quarter can pretty well be summed up with a few turnovers from both offenses. Adairsville turned it over on a interception and the Dragons turned it over with a fumble.
The Pepperell fumble set up a Tiger score, giving Adairsville the lead going in to halftime, 14-3.
After halftime, Adairsville started with the ball and the Tigers showed Pepperell their depth. It only took 23 seconds for the Tigers to put up another score extending the lead to 20-3.
Adairsville’s depth started wearing on the Dragons and it showed. The Dragons would add a touchdown, but Adairsville just wore them down.
Pepperell was throwing incomplete passes, missing on blocks, all the while the Tigers steadily ran the ball. By the time it was all said and done, the Tigers were celebrating a 33-10 victory over an overmatched Pepperell Dragons.
Great play from quarterback Marcus Childers and a steady run game on offense contributed to the victory for the Tigers in addition to sticking to their assignments and being able to rotate guys in and out on defense.