The Tigers went into halftime with a 7-6 lead over the Yellow Jackets.
To start the second half, Johnson ran back the kickoff to stretch the lead. Calhoun’s first drive of the second half resulted in a turnover on downs, and Adairsville got the ball on their own 49-yard line. The Tigers capitalized and marched the ball down the field to go up 20-6 with 3:34 to go in the third quarter.
The Jackets kept fighting and answered that touchdown by going 49 yards to score with 1:46 left in the third. They missed the point-after touchdown to leave the score at 20-12.
Late in the third quarter, Johnson rushed for a 40-yard touchdown. The PAT was no good as the Tigers went up 26-12.
Calhoun ran an 85-yard kickoff return after Adairsville’s touchdown to narrow the lead to seven, 26-19.
Early in the fourth quarter, the Tigers fumbled the ball on the Calhoun 32-yard line. The Jackets recovered the fumble and made the Tigers pay for the turnover by scoring with 6:40 to go in the fourth, tying the game at 26-all following the PAT.
With 3:34 to go in the game, the Tigers scored on a 35-yard touchdown run by Johnson. The PAT was no good.
The Jackets threatened to score by taking the ball down to the Tiger 14-yard line before Patrick Johnson intercepted a 14-yard pass in the Jacket end zone with 53 seconds to go in the game.
In addition to Johnson, Tigers quarterback Torrey Hale also contributed on offense as he finished with a total of 40 yards on the day.
The Tigers finished the regular season 5-1 with their only loss coming against a tough Cartersville team in the first game of the season. The Tigers go into the postseason tournament with the No. 1 seed in the North Division of the Bartow-Gordon Middle School Athletic Association football league. Adairsville will play South Central on Super Saturday at Gordon Central High School. The game time has yet to be announced. The Super Saturday games and all other playoff games will be live via webcast at www.cartersvilleyouthsports.com.