The 5A Schools made their first appearance of the night and the Dome was rocking with both Roswell and Tift County being relative newcomers to the State Finals. The teams fought through a scoreless first quarter as both offenses seemed to have some Dome jitters, but it was Roswell that broke on top first.
Quarterback Dustin Taliaferro broke containment and found Daniel Niedzwiecki in
the corner of the endzone. The PAT put Roswell on top 7-0.
Roswell forced a three and out, and if there was any doubt which way the
momentum was going, Alex Daniel of Roswell made sure it was all with Roswell as
he ripped off a 70+ yard run to put Roswell up 14-0.
Was Tift County going to bring all of these people to the Dome to be run out of
here in the first half?
Tift County's Marvin Chaney ripped off an 80 yard kickoff return to the Roswell
one yardline. Kaream Hess plunged through the line to make it 14-7.
After a scoreless first quarter, 21 points had been scored in less than five
minutes of the second quarter, and the Georgia Dome was rocking again.
Tift County followed up its touchdown with a Jarvis Watts interception of
Taliaferro, and the Blue Devils were back in business at the Roswell 45 yardline.
The Blue Devils failed to capitalize on their good field position with an ill
advised throw over the middle. Quinton Franklin returned the interception to the
Roswell 43 yardline.
Roswell was forced to punt, and things seemed to have settled down again when
Tift County lined up for a punt and faked it. They not only picked up the first
down, they picked up about 20 yards and moved to the Hornet 34 yardline.
Tift County took a shot over the middle that was deflected, then came back with
an inside handoff on second and long that appeared to be a conservative call. A
conservative call that went for 30 yards to the Hornet 11 yardline with 39
seconds left in the half.
A blitz by Tyler Watson of Roswell caught quarterback Sean Baxley off guard, and
the Blue Devils were dropped back to the 20. Baxley was fortunate to not be
intercepted on the next throw, but a shovel pass on third down brought Tift
County to the Roswell seven facing fourth down.
Kicker Charlie Edwards was true from 24 yards out, and the half ended with
Roswell leading Tift County 14-10.
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