Cedar­town stay­ing busy dur­ing sum­mer con­di­ton­ing

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The Cedar­town Bull­dogs are gear­ing up for the 2019 sea­son, and were out in re­cent days on the prac­tice field run­ning through the drills in hel­mets ahead of a trip to Cal­houn.

Head Coach Doyle Kelley said the team is com­ing to­gether in sum­mer con­di­tion­ing, with a lot of up-and-com­ing talent al­ready show­ing what they can do in the weight room and as they work through the play­book.

Re­turn­ing un­der cen­ter is Taji Hud­son and be­hind him ris­ing se­nior and Clem­son com­mit Kobe Pryor at run­ning back. He’ll have help on run­ning du­ties with C.J. Washington, an up and com­ing sopho­more who is also in the midst of scout­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, ac­cord­ing to Kelley. He had praise for se­niors like Chadriq Neal, Will Pil­grim and

many more as well.

Af­ter spend­ing early last week on the prac­tice field run­ning through drills, the team trav­eled to Cal­houn for camp work­outs with the Yel­low Jack­ets as sum­mer con­di­tion­ing con­tin­ues. They also have re­cently par­tic­i­pated in Dar­ling­ton’s 7-on-7 camp, and in a Heard County padded camp.

They’ve not got a lot of time to go be­fore the sea­son gets un­der­way in earnest. In just a few weeks, the Bull­dogs will be back on the grid­iron in scrim­mage play on Au­gust 9 host­ing the 4-6A Mor­row Mus­tangs, and then the fol­low­ing Fri­day play­ing on Au­gust 16 against 7-AA Chat­tooga In­di­ans at home.

The Bull­dogs then have a first week game against Rock­mart set for Au­gust 23, and will host be­fore road trips for the next four games of the reg­u­lar sea­son at Alexan­der on Au­gust 30, Bre­men on Septem­ber 13 and South­east Whit­field on Septem­ber 20. Re­gion play starts on Septem­ber 27 at Cartersvil­le, fol­low­ing by a home game against LaGrange to open Oc­to­ber play on Oct. 4, and a trip to Cen­tral to fol­low on Oct. 11. The Bull­dogs host Troup on Oct. 25, and then play at Sandy Creek on Nov. 1, and host Chapel Hill to round out the reg­u­lar sea­son on Nov. 8.

Kelley also re­cently was on the in­au­gu­ral Sports Talk LIVE on WGAA Ra­dio last Fri­day, talk­ing to hosts An­drew Carter and Lo­gan Maddox about the forth­com­ing sea­son and head­ing into the third year as head coach of the Bul­lodgs foot­ball pro­gram.

He told the pair he felt con­fi­dent that the Bull­dogs are com­ing into a pos­i­tive year with 14 se­niors re­turn­ing to the field for their fi­nal sea­son, and that the ex­cite­ment level is on the rise.

“We set a goal to win a re­gion cham­pi­onship,” Kelley said. “It’s been a long time since we won a re­gion cham­pi­onship. That’s the goal... the kids are tak­ing the steps to try and reach that goal.”

Kelley also talked about the ris­ing group of mid­dle school play­ers who have won cham­pi­onships over the past years as well. Check out the full show at WGAA’s face­book page.

Kevin Myrick

Getting the form of block­ing and tack­ling right was part of the prac­tice drills go­ing on dur­ing a Mon­day morn­ing, July 8 ses­sion at Cedar­town High School.

Kevin Myrick

Pass­ing drills gave play­ers the op­por­tu­nity go through the mo­tions and get their foot­ing at foot­ball prac­tice on Mon­day morn­ing, July 8.

kevin Myrick

The Cedar­town Bull­dogs were in hel­mets run­ning through pass­ing drills on the field dur­ing a Mon­day morn­ing, July 8.

kevin Myrick

Pass­ing drills gave play­ers the op­por­tu­nity go through the mo­tions and get their foot­ing at foot­ball prac­tice on Mon­day morn­ing, July 8.

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