So much for road troubles.
The No. 1-ranked Rome Wolves won their 30th straight on Friday, steamrolling another state-ranked team in their Region 7 opener. Rome made quick work of No. 7 Kell, whipping the Longhorns 35-6 in their first game away from Barron Stadium.
Rome used its big-play ability to score the first 21 points of the game – a 47-yard run by Jamious Griffin, a 24-yard pass from Knox Kadum to Xavier Roberts-Donaldson and a 49-yard run by Griffin – to put the game away early.
Kell tried to get back in the when Evan Conley connected with Isaiah Cruz for an 8-yard touchdown to make it 21-6 at the half. But Rome added two more scores in the third quarter – a 14-yard run by Griffin and a 69-yard pass from Kadum to Griffin – to put it away.
Rome finished with 411 yards on 35 offensive plays, 11.7 yards per play. Griffin carried 15 times for236 yards and three touchdowns and caught two passes for 74 yards and one touchdown. Kadum completed 3 of 7 passes for 98 yards and two touchdowns.
Kell’s Conley did his part to keep it close. He completed 23 of 34 for 210 yards and one touchdown.
The Rome defense was led by Derrius Smith (6.5 tackles, one sack, 4.5 tackles for loss), Nick Burge (four tackles, one tackle for loss), Montrell Millsap (four tackles, one sack, three tackles for loss) and DeKerion Jones (three tackles, one interception).
It was a good warmup for next week’s game against No. 4 Carrollton.
In other big news around Class AAAAA on Friday:
Veterans makes it four straight: The Warkhawks blanked previously undefeated Statesboro 21-0 and improved to 4-0.
Warner Robins keeps rolling: The No. 3-ranked Demons whipped Baldwin 48-3 and have scored at least 40 points in each of their three games. Warner Robins is averaging 42.6 points. Dylan Fromm threw a pair of touchdown passes, one to Marcayll Jones, the other to Christian Anderson, and Jahlen Rutherford scored on runs of 2 and 9 yards. The Demons (3-0) scored on a 1-yard run from Deandre Duhart and a 5-yard run by Jame Smith.
Stockbridge improves to 3-0: So much for Stockbridge having a rebuilding season. The No. 5-ranked Tigers beat Locust Grove 33-12 behind three touchdowns from quarterback Jevon McDonald, 137 yards rushing from Steve Bonner.
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