It was an overall rough Friday night for Bartow County football teams this week with three of four dropping region matchups.
Cartersville was the only local team favored to win its game, and the Canes played as such in a dominant win over LaGrange. Against a team that had allowed no more than 14 points in a game all season, Cartersville led 17-0 after the first quarter en route to a 45-7 triumph.
Cass was the only area team to hit the road in Week 8, as the Colonels made the trip to Hiram. Despite falling in an early 13-0 hole, the Colonels played the Hornets even the rest of the way in a 34-21 defeat.
Woodland also put together a decent performance, particularly in the first half, against No. 5 Carrollton. Playing at home, the Wildcats trailed just 28-14 at halftime before ultimately losing 47-20.
Adairsville, meanwhile, never gave itself a chance in a blowout loss to Calhoun. A bevy of self-inflicted errors put the Tigers in a tough spot early, and the Yellow Jackets showed why they're the No.1-ranked team in Class 3A in a 61-0 result.
Next week, Woodland has an open date in the nine-team Region 7-AAAAA. As for the others, Cass will host East Paulding; Adairsville will travel to Sonoraville in a must-win Region 6-AAA contest; and Cartersville heads to Sandy Creek for a key Region 5-AAAA matchup.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Titus Jones (3) — Woodland
It's getting to the point with Jones that he has to put up ridiculous numbers to stand out every week. It's an unfortunate side effect from being so consistent and producing at such a high level.
The senior always makes an impact defensively, generally piling up double-digit tackles. But it's the games where he can contribute in all three phases that show why he's arguably the best pure athlete in Bartow County.
He did that Friday night — and not just against some run-of-the-mill team. Jones shined against one of the best teams in the state of Georgia.
Against Carrollton, he had 13 tackles, including 11 solo, on defense; he caught four passes for 103 yards and a touchdown on offense; and he blocked three kicks — two extra-point attempts and a field goal — on special teams.
That's one eventful night. It earned him his second DTN player of the week honor. Considering his other came after he came on at quarterback in the fourth quarter to lead Woodland to a road win over Southeast Whitfield in Week 1, Jones has shown to be an irreplaceable asset for the Wildcats.
Tee Webb (5) — Cartersville
Save for a few decisions here and there, Webb was stellar in picking apart the LaGrange defense on Friday. Cartersville succeeds when its skill guys get the ball in open space, and that happened a lot in a 45-7 rout.
Webb passed for 337 yards, most of which came after the catch, but he consistently put his receivers and backs in a position to get a head of steam going downhill. Be it the strength of Jackson Lowe, the speed of Kaleb Chatmon or the elusiveness of Quante Jennings, Webb understands how to put his targets in position to succeed.
Friday, he completed 26 of 36 passes. The junior threw touchdown passes to five different players — Lowe, Chatmon, Devonte Ross, Marko Dudley and Marquail Coaxum. In total, 10 different Canes caught a pass. That's a good sign with Cartersville moving into its toughest part of the schedule next week.
Zay Jackson (2) — Cass
Jackson made solid contributions on offense and defense in Friday's loss to Hiram.
The dynamic sophomore rushed for 64 yards, including a 9-yard score. On defense, he intercepted a pass to help keep the Colonels in the game.
After missing some time with an injury, Jackson will look to build on his solid season in the coming weeks. He looks set to be a major contributor going forward for Cass.
Blake Cash (3) — Woodland
Cash has frequently been in the right place for Woodland this season. He seems to have a nose for the football and has a knack for collecting turnovers.
Even without the benefit of creating a turnover on Friday, Cash still contributed with a solid defensive effort from his linebacker position. He racked up 12 tackles of which eight were solo.
Cash also dragged down the Carrollton quarterback behind the line of scrimmage from Woodland's only sack in its 47-20 loss.
Jakob Foss — Woodland
Foss and the Woodland passing game have had their fair share of ups and downs. It's not surprising given that he's a sophomore in a run-first offense.
However, Foss has shown flashes of outstanding potential. When things are clicking, the Wildcats have little issue converting big plays through the air.
Even against a team as good as Carrollton, Foss managed to complete 7 of 12 passes for 158 yards and three touchdowns. The Woodland offense appears to be in good hands moving forward.
Quante Jennings, Cartersville — The sophomore rushed nine times for 50 yards and caught three passes for 58 yards, including a long of 38 yards.
Rett Moore, Cass — The senior quarterback rushed for 94 yards and passed for 39. He also scored on a 2-yard run.
Justice Carter, Woodland — He totaled 67 yards on the ground and 44 through the air — all on one long touchdown reception.