Bull­dogs take bite out of Cen­tral in big win

The Standard Journal - - SPORTS - CHS By Lorene Parker loren­[email protected]

The Cedar­town Bull­dogs took a 48-17 win over the Cen­tral Carrollton Lions at home last Fri­day, but have some prac­tice to do be­fore trav­el­ing to Troup County to play the Tigers in two weeks.

Cedar­town sits at 4-3 (2-1 5-4A) with the win over re­gion op­po­nent Cen­tral Car­roll (2-5, 1-2 5-4A), leav­ing the Bull­dogs with only three games left in the reg­u­lar sea­son.

Head coach Doyle Kel­ley was look­ing for the of­fen­sive team to play con­sis­tently and there­fore was sat­is­fied with the turnout of the night. The Bull­dogs scored seven touch­downs on the night while the Lions scored two.

Tony Mathis’s 85-yard touch­down run opened the first quar­ter, and he con­tin­ued to lead the of­fen­sive team through­out the game with two 20-yard touch­down runs, one in each the se-cond and third quar­ter.

Kobe Pryor also made an im­pact with his 15-yard touch­down run in the first quar­ter and of­fen­sive ef­forts through­out the game. Rashad Walker’s 40-yard touch­down run in the be­gin-ning of the se­cond quar­ter added points to the score­board for the Bull­dogs right af­ter the Lions scored a touch­down of their own.

The Bull­dogs put up real yardage in last Fri­day’s game. The of­fense ended the night with 390 to­tal yards of of­fense, with Taji Hud­son go­ing 6 of 8 in pass­ing on the night for 98 yards. Pryor and Mathis split 292 yards of of­fense on the ground.

That’s com­pared to 326 yards of to­tal of­fense for Cen­tral Car­roll, who put up 90 yards in pass­ing and 236 on the ground.

Kel­ley was very pleased with the events of the game, but be­lieves there are a few small ar­eas to im­prove upon and sev­eral play­ers who need to re­cover be­fore mak­ing the long road trip to LaGrange, Ge­or­gia. “We have two weeks to get ready and get the game plan in place,” Kel­ley said.

“We’re a good foot­ball team and we know that, we just need to go out and get ready for Troup County,” Kel­ley said.

The Bull­dogs will be on the prac­tice field and in the weight room over their fall break to pre­pare to face the Tigers, a 6-0 un­de­feated team.

Troup County (2-0 5-4A) cur­rently sits as se­cond in the 5-4A re­gion while Cedar­town is ranked third, guar­an­tee­ing a bat­tle on the field on Oct. 19. Be­fore they face the Bull­dogs, the Tigers have a ri­valry show­down with the LaGrange Grangers this com­ing Fri­day. They’ll have to travel to Cen­tral to fol­low, and will play at Cartersville to wrap up the sea­son on Nov. 2.

Cedar­town’s break this week, fol­lowed by the Troup game, will then see the Bull­dogs face off against Sandy Creek and Chapel Hill to round out their sea­son.

/ Lorene Parker

Bull­dog run­ning back Kobe Pryor got off big runs over the Cen­tral Car­roll de­fense last week.

♦ Lorene Parker

Above: Bull­dogs Head Coach Doyle Kel­ley gave his team praise af­ter a 48-17 win over Cen­tral Car­roll on Oct. 5. Left: Cedar­town’s Dal­ton Bow­man runs to­ward the end zone dur­ing last Fri­day’s game against Cen­tral Car­roll.

/ Lorene Parker

Cedar­town’s Jay­den John­son came up with a big block on de­fense last Fri­day night over Cen­tral Car­roll.

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