Bettistea rushed for 272 yards as the Buccaneers improved to 5-1 on the season. He also added a 41-yard catch right before halftime.
“He had a great game,” Allatoona coach Gary Varner said. “He ran hard from the beginning to the end.”
Leading 28-21 late in the third quarter, Bettistea scored on a 59-yard run to push Allatoona advantage to 14 heading to the final 12 minutes.
The Buccaneers then held off a late Jaguar rally.
New Manchester cut the lead to a touchdown on Omahri Jarrett’s 4-yard touchdown run.
Jarrett had game highs of five catches and 117 yards to go along with his three touchdowns.
After a couple of stops by the Jaguar defense, Thomas completed a 45-yard pass to receiver Jacob Battle on fourth-and-9 to keep their potential game-tying drive alive. But three plays later, Scott Roembke intercepted Tabashi Thomas at the 19 yard line to seal the victory. Juanyea Turner also incepted two passed for the Buccaneers.
“We came out and fought hard,” Varner said. “We had a bad thing happen to us right off the bat on the first drive but we stayed hard and competed. Obviously there is a lot of room for improvement but I think we fought for four quarters and that was important.”
After New Manchester took an early 7-0 lead on a 67-yard touchdown run by Thomas, Allatoona answered with two short touchdown runs on consecutive drives from Bettistea to give the Buccaneers a 14-7 lead late in the first quarter.
The Jaguars would respond on the following drive with a 39-yard pass from Thomas to Jarrett on the last play of the quarter to tie the game at 14.
A 48-yard touchdown run by Bettistea with 9:34 left in the second quarter to put Allatoona in the lead 21-14.
Bettistea ran for 120 yards and three touchdowns in the first half. Unfortunately for New Manchester, he was just getting started.
On the first drive of the second half, Bettistea carried the ball 10 times for 55 yards on a 13-play drive, which lasted more than 6 minutes. He would cap the driv with a 6-yard touchdown run, to put Allatoona up 28-14.