The Rockmart High School Yellow Jackets ended their regular season Wednesday by playing their Polk County rivals Cedartown.
Rockmart dropped the non-region road game 3-0.
“I thought we played hard,” head coach James Schroeder said. “And seeing that we had to start with 10 players because of school play practice, I am very happy with the result.”
Schroeder also noted how thankful he was to Cedartown head coach Matt Hayden for his cooperation during their game.
“I appreciate coach Hayden for understanding our situation and also playing with 10 men to start with,” Schroeder said. “That was a very class move, and generally one you don’t see in a soccer game, much less a rivalry.”
Schroeder said he hopes the Yellow Jackets and Bulldogs can continue to play each season.
“I hope this can be a continued game between the schools, it was a lot of fun,” Schroeder said. “As an outsider, and a fan of local soccer, it has been a joy to watch Cedartown grow into an excellent team in the past few years. I also think it helps our players gain experience in seeing their skill and passing ability.”
With the loss, Rockmart finishes the season at 3-9.
“It is hard to look at 3-9 as a successful year, but when you look at the fact that we set the school records for wins in a season, fewest goals allowed and most goals scored in a season, its baby steps, but we are building a program and that just takes time,” Schroeder said. “We lose on senior, Galen Ambrose, who has been a leader for us. But we bring back experienced players who will go to summer camp and hopefully play in the fall and come back next year read to build on what we accomplished.”
Rockmart’s jose Gutierrez was voted onto the Region 4-AAA all-region team this season.
“I think one of my proudest achievements was that even when we played ranked teams, who were older and bigger, we never backed down and never quit,” Schroeder said. “It’s the first season in school history that we played all year without being mercy ruled. For a young program, I think that’s a huge step in the right direction.”