On a brisk night in Tiger Stadium, Adairsville knew it needed to take care of business to take momentum into the playoffs. The Tigers did just that in their 42-16 win over Coahulla Creek.
Coahulla Creek started the game with a pretty good looking drive into Tiger territory until it was stalled on a turnover on downs. The Tigers took the ball back down the field with Marcus Childers throwing and running the ball. Childers dropped back to throw a short pass and the Colts defense read it perfectly and picked it off.
Not two plays later the Adairsville defense stood tall and Austin Harris picked off a pass from Blaine Williams to give the Tigers the ball back. A few plays later Tristin Smith took a handoff from childers and ran it 30 yards for a touchdown. The Colts would answer with a touchdown drive of their own to close out the first quarter.
The Tigers came back in the second quarter like a different team, putting up three touchdowns and keeping Coahulla Creek off the scoreboard.
With less than two minutes to go in the second, the Colts had the ball deep in Adairsville territory. After two consecutive incomplete pass plays, only eight seconds had run off the clock.
Knowing they needed to run some time off the clock, the Colts tried to run the ball but Adairsville couldn’t pass up a possible scoring opportunity and called timeout.
On fourth down the Colts punted the ball away and gave Adairsville the ball back with just under 1:45 left. Childers worked his magic and led the Tigers to another touchdown. At the half the Tigers led 28-7.
Adairsville had the ball to start the third quarter. On the ensuing kick off Harris took it 90 yards for an opening kickoff touchdown. The kick return touchdown seemed to be the final nail in the coffin for the Colts. Adairsville now led 35-7 just 15 seconds into the second half. The Tigers would add one more touchdown in the third on a pass from Childers to Harris to make it 42-7 going into the fourth quarter.
The clock would roll in the fourth and the backups would come in for Adairsville. After a goal line stand, the Tigers took over on downs at their own 3-yard line. The Colts defense got to backup quarterback Colin Bearden in the end zone for a safety, making it 42-9. The Colts added one more touchdown in the fourth quarter to make it 42-16, but it wouldnt be enough as the Adairsville Tigers ended their regular season at home on senior night with a victory and some good momentum head to the Georgia High School Association AAA state playoffs.
Childers ended up going 8 for 12 for 156 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions and 79 yards on eight rushing attempts with a touchdown on the ground. Smith had 46 yards on five attempts with a long of 30 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Harris and Blaine Bishop both contributed on the ground, combining for 52 yards on five attempts. Harris led all receivers with 105 yards on five catches, adding three touchdowns. Marquel Lane had a catch for 11 yards; Bishop had a catch for 19 yards; and Brett Gutkowski had two catches for 20 yards.
Dakota Hines was perfect on extra points, 6 for 6. The Tiger defense allowed 301 yards to the Colts.
The Tigers travel to White County next Friday night for the first round of the GHSA AAA state playoffs. Kickoff is tentatively set for 7:30 p.m.