Bull­dogs seek to bounce back fi­nal time

♦ Cedar­town looks to a Chapel Hill win to con­tinue sea­son af­ter loss to Sandy Creek

The Standard Journal - - SPORTS - By Lorene Parker loren­emp@gmail.com

The Bull­dogs took a 31-28 loss to the Sandy Creek Pa­tri­ots at home last Fri­day, and are pre­par­ing to travel to Chapel Hill for their last reg­u­lar sea­son game with the hopes of push­ing their way into the Class 4-A play­offs in 2018.

With the loss to re­gion op­po­nent Sandy Creek, Cedar­town is now sit­ting as fourth in the 5-4A re­gion with a sea­son record of 4-5 (2-3 5-4A).

Although head coach Doyle Kel­ley was dis­ap­pointed with the over­all turnout of the game, the Bull­dogs added points to the score­board with plays by run­ning backs Tony Mathis and Kobe Pryor.

Mathis’s 45-yard touch­down led the Bull­dogs in the first quar­ter, and he con­tin­ued to lead the of­fen­sive team by com­plet­ing a 10- and a 20-yard touch­down in the sec­ond quar­ter and gain­ing much yardage through­out the game.

Pryor’s 20-yard touch­down in the fourth quar­ter brought Cedar­town ahead of Sandy Creek, just be­fore the Pa­tri­ots made a touch­down and the game ended.

The game also served as Cedar­town’s se­nior night, and Kel­ley said that the team wanted to win the game for the se­niors.

The Bull­dogs ended the night with 277 yards of to­tal of­fense, with Taji Hud­son putting up 4 com­ple­tions off 7 at­tempts for 79 yards. Cedar­town put up 198 yards of rush­ing be­tween Mathis and Pryor’s ef­forts on the ground. The team put up 70 yards of penal­ties.

By com­pan­ri­son, Sandy Creek ended the night with 287 yards of to­tal of­fense, with their quar­ter­back Ja­mal Lewis go­ing 5 of 10 in pass­ing on the night for 125 yards. They put up 162 yards on the ground.

Kel­ley said the team started back at prac­tice Mon­day to im­prove on skills be­fore mak­ing the trip to Dou­glasville. “We have to play a com­plete game, a full forty-eight min­utes,” Kel­ley said.

Chapel Hill is cur­rently 6-3 (2-3 5-4A) and ranked as fifth in the 5-4A re­gion, right be­low Cedar­town, guar­an­tee­ing a bat­tle on the field on Nov. 2 to de­ter­mine which team will ad­vance to state play­offs. Be­fore the game with the Bull­dogs, the Pan­thers took a 37-3 win at an away game with LaGrange, who Cedar­town also beat with a score of 9-6 back in Septem­ber.

Af­ter Cedar­town’s away game this Fri­day, the Bull­dogs will ei­ther ad­vance to the first round of state play­offs or end their sea­son in Dou­glasville, de­pend­ing on the out­come of the game.

Contributed by Gail Con­ner /

Se­nior Tony Mathis had a big night run­ning on the field, pick­ing up two touch­downs against Sandy Creek.

/ Contributed by Gail Con­ner

Top: Cedar­towns Kobe Pryor finds a block against Sandy Creek for some run­ning room. Above: The Sandy Creek de­fense strug­gled to con­tain Cedar­town se­nior run­ning back Tony Mathis, but did well enough to eek out a win over the Bull­dogs. Above right: Tony Mathis and Grayson Smith were named the 2018 Mr. and Miss Bull­dog. Right: Cedar­town quar­ter­back Taji Hud­son went ver­ti­cal for one pass against the Sandy Creek de­fense.

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