Bull­dogs win big to clinch play­off spot

The Standard Journal - - SPORTS - CHS By Lo­gan Mad­dox lo­ganseth­mad­dox@icloud.com

When the Cedar­town Bull­dogs needed it the most, they put to­gether one of their most im­pres­sive all-around per­for­mances of the sea­son as the reg­u­lar sea­son came to a close at Chapel Hill with a 45-13 win on the road.

Last week, the Bull­dogs clashed with Chapel Hill to clinch the 5-AAAA fourth seed play­off spot, and fin­ished the reg­u­lar sea­son with an even 5-5 with the win. It came hard on the heels of their heart­break­ing 31-28 loss to Sandy Creek on Se­nior Night at the end of Oc­to­ber, but the anx­i­ety over the loss was short-lived on the field.

They opened scor­ing in the first quar­ter when Taji Hud­son con­nected with re­ceiver Zahquan Fra­zier for a long jump-ball touch­down pass. The Dawgs led 7-0 at the end of the first, but they were far from done scor­ing.

The Cedar­town of­fense ex­ploded for four touch­downs in the sec­ond quar­ter alone and the de­fense only al­lowed Chapel Hill to score 7 points in the first half, as they went into the locker rooms boast­ing a 35-7 lead. Cedar­town added 10 points in the third quar­ter and fo­cused on run­ning out the clock and get­ting ex­pe­ri­ence for re­serve play­ers in the fourth.

The Pan­thers found their only suc­cess on the night in the sec­ond half on a short scam­per by quar­ter­back KJ Bur­ton.

When all was said and done, Cedar­town punched their ticket to the play­offs by build­ing up big num­bers in the stats books.

Cedar­town’s run game put to­gether one of their best per­for­mances all sea­son, nearly rush­ing for a com­bined 500 yards in­clud­ing touch­down runs by West Vir­ginia com­mit Tony Mathis, Kobe Pryor, Chadriq Neal, and Rashad Walker.

Af­ter the Sandy Creek loss, the big­gest per­former of the night was Hud­son with his bounce back on the road.

The ju­nior QB boasted one of his most ef­fi­cient per­for­mances all sea­son, com­plet­ing 6 of 8 on pass­ing for 101 yards on the night.

The win puts Cedar­town’s fi­nal reg­u­lar sea­son record at 5-5 over­all and 3-3 in re­gion play.

Cartersville up­ended Troup County 43-10 on Fri­day in the de facto re­gion cham­pi­onship game. Cartersville takes the one seed, Troup is the sec­ond seed, Sandy Creek claims the third seed as the re­gion played out last week.

The Cedar­town-St. Pius X match-up is cur­rently one of the choices be­ing con­sid­ered to be the Fox 5 Game of the Week. To vote, you can go to my­fox­at­lanta. sec­ond­stree­tapp.com.

/ Con­trib­uted by Gail Con­ner

Cedar­town’s Zahquan Fra­zier goes up for a pass against the Chapel Hill de­fense.

Tony Mathis trots of the field to­ward the side­lines af­ter a long night run­ning on the field for the Cedar­town Bull­dogs.

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