Early in the second quarter of Rosemark's home opener Friday against Rossville, the scoreboard quit working.

That was just about the only that went wrong for the Rebels. 

The Rebels held Rossville (0-2) to just 15 yards of offense while rolling up 460 of their own en route to a 47-0 non-league win. 

While six different Rebels scored touchdowns, the defense was the story. Rossville had just three first downs, each coming thanks to a Rosemark defensive penalty. 

"The defense played really, really good," said senior linebacker Jordan Artzer, an all-state performer the last two seasons. "We didn't really have any stunts called. We just lined up and played defense." 

"We're playing really solid defense right now," said TRA coach Collin Pinner, who noted that the first-stringers held Potts Camp (Miss.) to negative yardage in a win last week. "Those kids have played a lot. They play with an unbelievable aggression." 

Mac Fullen got the scoring started on Rosemark's first possession with a 34-yard TD run and scored for a second time on a 58-yard gallop to put Rosemark ahead 35-0 with 9:37 left in the third quarter. Fullen led all rushers with 133 yards on just four carries and sat out much of the second half with most of the starters. 

Tyler Byrd's 17-yard run midway through the first quarter pushed the lead to 14-0 and J.T. May scored on a one-yard run early in the second.

Payne Fullen, a sophomore who got his first start at quarterback, hit Jalen Hurt on a 22-yard scoring strike to give the Rebels a 28-0 lead. Payne Fullen played running back last year but came to Pinner in the spring and told him he was a quarterback during his peewee days. 

"You know how that is," Pinner said with a laugh. "Everybody says they used to play quarterback, but he proved he could to it and played well tonight." 

Fullen completed 8 of 15 passes for 106 yards in his first start. 

Zak Vinson scored TRA's sixth touchdown on a two-yard run and Artzer finished off the scoring with a 25-yard TD run, the first of his varsity career. The coaches and players on the sideline were excited to see him find pay dirt for the first time. 

"It felt like a relief off my shoulders," Artzer said after the game. 

Rosemark is now 2-0, but the schedule is about to get much more challenging with eight straight games against DIi-A-West opponents, starting with a home game Friday night against Jackson Christian School. 

"They're excited about next week's football game," Pinner said. "Jackson Christian is a really good football team. We've had some really close ballgames between us. Hopefully we can get a good focus level about us and be a little crisper. It's an old cliche, but you really have to take it one game at a time and you really do now." 

With eight teams in the new-look league, three wins should be enough to earn a playoff berth. 

"I tell them all the time, we have a chance to be really good," Pinner said. "We just have to do the little things right and we have to take care of the business right in front of us and quit looking so far ahead."

Jeff Ireland is The Leader's sports editor. To contact him, call 901-476-7116 or email jireland@covingtonleader.com.​

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