But that wasn’t enough in the face of a six-touchdown effort by Cedartown’s Nick Chubb.
As a result, the Colonels lost their fourth region game of the year and dropped under .500 while the Bulldogs notched their first region counter and overpowered Cass, 49-35.
Chubb put his points up on runs of 40, 65, 1, 35, 41 and 24 yards, scattering them throughout all four quarters as he wore down the Colonels while accumulating 387 rushing yards on 44 carries.
“He’s a Division I running back,” coach Rick Casko said of the fleet-footed power runner. “He’s the best I’ve seen and I’ve been here 10 years. As far as a solid running back, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a better one.”
Chubb was the engine that drove the Bulldogs to victory, as only one other Cedartown player scored for their cause.
But that other score was something, if you were a fan of the Bulldogs, because it came after Mitch Morrow picked off a Brandon Etheridge pass and ran 89 yards to score the Bulldogs’ final touchdown of the evening, breaking the Colonels’ back with each step he took toward the goal line.
That last score by Cedartown had come after the Colonels had worked their way deep in the red zone and were poised to close to 42-35. But the pick-six represented a 14-point turnaround and resulted in a commanding 49-28 lead for the home team instead of closing the cap for Cass.
Casko said it hurt the cause of the Colonels, who were 24-40 for 357 aerial yards and rushed for an additional 51 yards in a productive evening.
“Once we worked our way back into the game, we had the quarterback rush and he didn’t see it and they got a pick-six,” Casko said.
Still, he said the effort was there for Cass.
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