Bull­dogs bounce back for HC

Cedar­town get­ting ready for brew­ing storm against Cartersville Hur­ri­canes on Fri­day night

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

The Cedar­town Bull­dogs (2-2) were chal­lenged at the start of their Home­com­ing game to get their of­fense rolling fast, and they kept the throt­tle down all the way through a 55-7 rout over the Southeat Whit­field Raiders (2-2) on Fri­day night.

Bull­dogs fans got to see a show as the Cedar­town put up 320 yards of of­fense on the night and saw Tony Mathis, Kobe Pryor, and Taji Hud­son all got chances to score. Mathis in par­tic­u­lar put up three touch­downs, in­clud­ing a 52 yard run at the start of the sec­ond half.

“We chal­lenged them be­fore the game started that we wanted to score each time we had the ball,” Head Coach Doyle Kel­ley said. “The first half, penal­ties and things kept us from do­ing that. But our de­fense played won­der­ful, and our of­fense was do­ing what we should have done last week. We were de­ter­mined that every time we got inside the 20 we were go­ing to score, and we did.”

Kel­ley added he was happy to see his “two-headed mon­ster” get back to rolling in their usual offensive tempo in the back­field as Mathis and Pryor both got chances to score.

Mathis also got a chance to show off what he can ac­com­plish on de­fense af­ter he picked off Raider quar­ter­back Adam Sow­der in the sec­ond half and ran it back to mid­field that setup a drive for an­other score in the third quar­ter.

Late in the game, Cedar­town uti­lized younger play­ers dur­ing a run­ning clock in the fourth quar­ter to give fu­ture stars the chance to shine in a live game sit­u­a­tion. The Raiders came close to scor­ing on JV play­ers as the clock wound down in the fi­nal min­utes of play, but they held

off South­east Whit­field to a

South­east Whit­field scored their only touch­down on a 17-yard pass play in the sec­ond quar­ter.

With an even record head­ing into re­gion play next week, the Bull­dogs are pre­par­ing for a 5-4A show­down at home against an un­de­feated Cartersville Pur­ple Hur­ri­canes (4-0) un­der the lead­er­ship of a coach well known to Cedar­town fans, Joey King.

It won’t be easy for Cedar­town. De­spite an over­all sea­son to­tal of 111 points scored on of­fense com­pared to 47 scored against the de­fense, the Bull­dogs are well be­hind where the un­de­feated 5-4A and state sec­ond ranked

Hur­ri­canes. (Blessed Trin­ity sits at the top of the rank­ings. As an ad­di­tional side note, 5-4A op­po­nent Troup County is ranked 6th ac­cord­ing to GPB, also with a 4-0 record.)

Cartersville thus far has shut out two op­po­nents by dou­ble dig­its (in­clud­ing a week 3 70-0 win over Mc­Nair) and sits at a sea­son to­tal of 188 points to 13.

The Bull­dogs have one ad­van­tage: they host this Fri­day night.

“We’re fo­cus­ing on Cedar­town, and that’s what we do. We’ll be here next Fri­day night,” Kel­ley said postgame af­ter the South­east Whit­field win. “We’re ex­cited about the op­por­tu­nity and what we have to do.”

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