Cedar­town looks to bounce back at Bre­men

The Standard Journal - - SPORTS - By Logan Mad­dox lo­ganseth­mad­[email protected]

Cedar­town foot­ball will look to get in the win col­umn for the first time this Fri­day night.

It will not be an easy task for the Bull­dogs, though. The 0-2 Dawgs will travel to Har­al­son County to take on an un­der­rated Bre­men squad.

The Blue Dev­ils are also win­less, but Coach Kel­ley’s squad should not let that fool them. Their two losses, like Cedar­town’s, have come against some of the best teams in their re­spec­tive clas­si­fi­ca­tions.

They dropped their sea­son opener- at the Erk Rus­sell Clas­sic down in States­boro- 34-13 to 2A No. 6 Rabun County. As Cedar­town came up short at Alexan­der, Bre­men did the same at ri­val Bow­don.

The 2018 meet­ing be­tween the two schools might have been the 10th all-time, but it was the first time since 1948 the two nearby teams met on the field. The win helped pro­pel the Blue Dev­ils to an 8-2 reg­u­lar sea­son (with losses only to Call­away and Heard County) and sent Cedar­town spi­ral­ing be­fore fin­ish­ing 2018

with a 5-5 record (prior to their playoff loss at St. Pius X).

Bre­men, un­der the lead­er­ship of fourthyear Head Coach Davis Rus­sell (Erk Rus­sell’s Grand­son), has earned a lot of re­spect statewide over the past few years. They have made it to the state playoffs each of the last three seasons, twice mak­ing it to the sec­ond round.

The big ques­tion con­cern­ing the Blue Dev­ils is ob­vi­ous: Who is go­ing to step up? Bre­men lost 30 se­niors from last year’s team that beat Cedar­town 13-9 at Doc Ay­ers Field.

Cooper Cartwright is the sig­nal caller for Rus­sell’s team in 2019. His cousin, Wade Cartwright, was the start­ing quar­ter­back for the last three seasons. An­other name to look out for is Makai Terry. The pre­sea­son All-State se­lec­tion may only be 5-10, 180 pounds, but plays run­ning back, de­fen­sive back, and end rusher for Bre­men.

Both teams can garner a ton of con­fi­dence with a win this Fri­day night. For Cedar­town, they were so close to get­ting that first W on Aug. 30 in their one-score loss at 6A Alexan­der. MJ Hol­i­day is ex­pected to start at quar­ter­back again and will help in the run game along­side Clem­son com­mit Kobe Pryor and D1 prospect CJ Washington. The de­fense has not been an is­sue all sea­son and should keep Cedar­town in al­most any game this year.

This week­end’s game looks to be a clas­sic be­tween two strug­gling north­west Ge­or­gia schools look­ing to find an iden­tity. The team who can do just that will have a heap of mo­men­tum head­ing into the fast-ap­proach­ing re­gion sched­ule.

Fri­day night’s matchup at Bre­men will kick-off at 7:30 p.m. Cov­er­age will be­gin on WGAA Ra­dio (106.1 FM and AM 1340) at 6:30 p.m. with pregame, fol­lowed by the big non­re­gion matchup.

Con­trib­uted by Gail Con­ner

Cedar­town’s Kobe Pryor (2) keeps an eye out for run­ning back Chadriq Neal (5) dur­ing the Bull­dogs’ trip to Alexan­der on Au­gust 30.

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