Quarterback Marcus Childers showed poise in the pocket that belied his age, completing 9-of-9 passes for 152 yards while rushing for two touchdowns as the Tigers cruised to a 49-7 win over Coahulla Creek at Colts Stadium on Friday night.
The win secured the second seed in the Region 5-3A playoffs for Adairsville (7-3, 5-2) and brought an end to the Colts’ first varsity season, finishing at 2-9 overall and 1-6 in region play.
Tigers’ coach Jim Kremer’s team has come together at the right time, winning five of its last six, spearheaded by the young quarterback.
“Marcus just turned 16 years old,” Kremer said. “I think he’s surpassed 2,000 all-purpose yards, so he’s really had a fine year. Our offensive line was our biggest question mark all year. They’ve really gelled and have gotten a lot better.”
Coahulla Creek coach Jared Hamlin said the play of his seniors will be missed, but also sees promise in the Colts’ football future.
“I’m proud of the way they’ve played,” Hamlin said. “They’re a great bunch of young men. All of them have done something important for us. We got Erick a point here at the end, that was the first point in his career. I was ecstatic to see that and get himself on the board. Cordarius (Tarver) and Jordan (Tant) … Cody (Wood) and Storm (Whitfield) … they’re a great part of our team and we’re going hate to lose them. We wish we could get them back because we didn’t have them very long. Hopefully we’re going to miss them and hopefully we’ll see a couple of them on Saturdays next year.”
Five Colt seniors played their final game at Colts Stadium, and the final offensive play of the year saw one senior score his first point of his career. Kicker Erick Holguin kicked the extra point after junior quarterback Blaine Williams zipped a 40-yard strike to Michael Ward with 1:41 left in the fourth.
Williams finished 13-of-30, while Ward caught four passes for 126 yards.
“We have to continue to get stronger, and growing in the knowledge of the game,” Hamlin said. “If we can commit ourselves to do that, we’re going to be better next year. We have kids that are capable of doing it. I think they’ve learned a lot of things. It’s very exciting, because I think some good things are going to happen.”
The Tigers also got some offense from junior Tristan Smith, who carried the ball seven times for 64 yards, including a 24-yard jolt up the middle for a touchdown and the first score of the game. The next two series for the Tigers ended with Childers’ rushing touchdowns. It was 21-0 after the first quarter and 35-0 at halftime.