Cedar­town still work­ing out game plan

♦ Bull­dogs take a bite out of Chat­tooga County in pre-sea­son match-up, fo­cus­ing on opener against Rock­mart on Fri­day night

The Standard Journal - - SPORTS - By Kevin Myrick [email protected]­stan­dard­jour­nal.net

The Cedar­town foot­ball came home with some work to do af­ter fin­ish­ing their scrim­mage game against Chat­tooga County.

Though the Bull­dogs won 27-0 over the In­di­ans in a matchup that doesn’t count for the record books, head coach Doyle Kel­ley wanted to see more out of his team.

“We were spotty in places,” Kel­ley said. “We’ve got to make im­prove­ments and ad­just­ments in ar­eas like our turnovers and mak­ing sure we don’t make mis­takes and get penal­ties for it.”

The Bull­dogs did have plenty of bright spots in the game. Kel­ley said his de­fense – both the starters dur­ing two quar­ters of play and then the younger back­ups – all did their job and kept Chat­tooga off the score­board through­out the night.

“Not a sin­gle point was given up on var­sity or JV,” Kel­ley said. “That was a great per­for­mance from our de­fense.”

He did say his team had plenty of play­mak­ers. Kel­ley pointed to the good per­for­mance of dual threats in the back­field on the ground in Tony Mathis and Kobe Pryor as ex­am­ples of of­fen­sive stand­outs.

Ju­nior quar­ter­back Taji Hud­son also picked up “70 or 80 yards run­ning the ball” ac­cord­ing to Kel­ley, and did his job well.

He also pointed to a solid out­ing from his spe­cial teams, es­pe­cially on punting.

Where Kel­ley said the real trou­ble came was in turnovers. The Bull­dogs gave up the ball five times over the course of the trip to Sum­merville, and also gave up a lot of yardage on penal­ties.

“The mis­takes are on us, and we’re go­ing to have to work on those kinds of things be­fore we head to Rock­mart,” Kel­ley said.

The Bull­dogs travel this Fri­day to play at The Rock to start the sea­son in their ri­valry matchup against the Yel­low Jack­ets. They only had the sin­gle scrim­mage on the sched­ule com­pared to the two Rock­mart got to play to start off Au­gust head­ing into the big game this week.

Cedar­town has this af­ter­noon and Thurs­day to get ready for the kick­off at 7:30 p.m. Fri­day against the Yel­low Jack­ets.

The Bull­dogs squad goes into the game with 11 se­niors on the ros­ter for 2018, in­clud­ing Mathis who looks to have a big sea­son as col­lege re­cruits con­tinue to take no­tice of his abil­i­ties.

They have just as many younger play­ers on the team this year how­ever, with a good por­tion of the 2018 Bull­dogs start­ing fresh on the high school level. (Find a full ros­ter on­line this week with Pigskin Pre­view cov­er­age of the team. The print edi­tion is avail­able on news­stands now.)

Kel­ley did say there were plenty of pos­i­tives in the game, and that he was glad the Bull­dogs went up against a good squad in Chat­tooga County.

He’s had plenty of ex­pe­ri­ence in Sum­merville, hav­ing pre­vi­ously served as a pas­tor there for 11 years.

“It was nice head­ing back up there,” he said. “I get to see a lot of peo­ple I know that I don’t get to catch up with that of­ten. It was a good trip.”

Full cov­er­age of Fri­day night’s game will be avail­able later in the night on Polk­stan­dard­jour­nal. com.

/ Con­trib­uted by Gail Con­ner

Kobe Pryor takes a hand­off from Taji Hud­son in the Cedar­town Bull­dogs scrim­mage at Chat­tooga County on Aug. 10.

/ Con­trib­uted by Gail Con­ner

Tony Mathis kept the Chat­tooga de­fense on the run as the Bull­dogs won their scrim­mage on the road.

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