Cass comes up short in defensive slugfest

The Cass Colonels ran effectively Friday night, eating a lot of clock, and sustaining long drives. It just wasn’t enough for a win, as the Colonels fell 17-9 at home to East Paulding.

Junior signal caller Rett Moore lead the the charge early for the Colonels, as he had a big 28-yard keeper late in the first quarter.

Tailbacks Malik Grimes and Thomas Gilliam also ran the ball effectively. However, Cass struggled in the red zone.

“Our kids fought hard, we just missed opportunities in the end zone. We ended up settling for three, but we executed and scored every time we were down there,” Cass coach Bobby Hughes said.

Defensively, the Colonels held their own against the aggressive ground game that the Raiders brought in.

They were able to hold the Raiders to only one touchdown in the first half and one more that came late.

“Coach Gaddy and his staff, you got to give them credit on defense, they do a great job every week,” Hughes said about his defensive staff.

Raider tailback Tyrell Robinson did get a touchdown near the end of the game to seal the deal, but was contained, for the most part, by the Cass defense.

Coming off a loss to Kell two weeks ago and a bye week, the Colonels looked sharp in all three phases of the game.

Yet they're still having a hard time finding the end zone.

Kicker Anthony Robledo had to finish three drives with field goals, and they were all Cass could muster.

“It's really a 10-9 ball game. We let them score there at the end, to give us a chance to get the ball back. We controlled the clock, we just have to find a way to punch it in,” Hughes said.

Finding the solution next week might be a tough order, as the Colonels will go on the road to play defending Class 5A state champion Rome.

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