The Rockmart High School Yellow Jackets soccer team set a school record Wednesday and they did so by wearing something they may have never wore before.
Playing host to the B.E.S.T Academy in a Region 4-AAA game, the Yellow Jackets had to wear football jerseys while scoring a 10-0 win.
“Because B.E.S.T showed up in white uniforms (home teams wear white in the new GHSA rulebook), I had to scramble to find uniforms and we ended up using practice football jerseys,” Yellow Jackets head coach James Schroeder said. “It turned out great, because we had these tiny guys wearing huge uniforms with numbers like 88 and 52. I thought I had seen it all, but boy was I wrong.”
Despite having to wear football jerseys, the Yellow Jackets exploded for 10 goals, a school record.
“We scored more goals tonight than Rockmart has ever scored in a single season,” Schroeder said.
David Pizano, a player who plays with a prosthetic leg, scored a hat trick for the Yellow Jackets, scoring three times. Connor Teems, Mitch Bozydaj and Luis Hernandez each scored two goals. Jose Gutierrez also scored a goal.
“It was great for us to get this win,” Schroeder said. “I loved seeing how happy David was when he scored, that just made my day.”
The win improved the Yellow Jackets Region 4-AAA record to 1-1.
“We kept our shape, passed the ball well and finished,” Schroeder said.
The Lady Jackets, meanwhile, haven’t played since earning a 4-0 win over Jackson-Atlanta on Feb. 26 in their Region 4-AAA opener.
“Brittani Harings and Jayden Heck both scored with assists from Kaitlyn Bradfield, Abby Montgomery, and Madison McCrary," Lady Jackets head coach Krista Crawford said. “We are now 2-2 and have done very well. This has been a very exciting year so far.”