Fearing the bye week would make his team complacent, Adairsville head coach Eric Bishop was pleased how fast and efficient his team played Friday night.
"With the off week, we focused on ourselves, cleaning up things and just working on getting better as a football team,” Bishop said.
Adairsville’s efforts showed against Coahulla Creek, as the Tigers left no doubt in a 35-0 road victory to open up it Region 6-AAA schedule.
After the Colts missed a field goal on their first drive, the Tigers got to work, putting together a long drive that set up a Conner Crunkelton 39-yard touchdown pass to Derrick Simmons with 56 seconds left in the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Malachi Gardener recovered a fumble on the Colt 32-yard line, putting the Tigers in great shape to score. On the ensuing drive, Ja'Maury Johnson became the rock carrier, rushing for 15 yards on five carries and scoring a touchdown from the Colt 3, putting the Tigers up 14-0 with just over nine minutes left in the first half.
From there, the Tigers' commitment to make the Colts beat them in the air seemed to pay off. On Coahulla Creek's next possession, Adairsville's Courtney Slocum picked off a pass and took it 80 yards for another Tiger touchdown, giving Adairsville a 21-0 lead.
Slocum had two interceptions on the day, and it seemed every time the Colts were moving the ball, the Tigers stepped up and made plays.
"We didn't have film on Coahulla, so we had film session on our team, on what we need to work on,” Bishop said. "[Defensive coordinator Jon] Cudd and the defense had a great game plan and they executed it really well."
In the second half, the Tigers continued moving the ball at will. With 10:38 in the third quarter, Crunkelton found Tyshawn Savage for an 80-yard touchdown pass, putting the Tigers up 28-0.
The Colts still put up a fight in the second half, putting up their longest drive of the game in the third quarter. Tailback Austin Hernandez was the Colts bell cow all night, but Slocum brought the promising Coahulla Creek drive to a halt with his second interception of the game. Slocum took the return 78 yards for another Tiger touchdown to seal the game.
According to Bishop, the defense stole the show for the Tigers.
"We have to continue to get better every week,” he said. "There are no more off weeks for us, and we got a long way to go if we're going to get to where we want to be."
The Tigers, now 2-1 on the year, will be at home next Friday night as they take on the Haralson County Rebels.