Trevor Lowe, that freshman, threw two touchdowns and Cass runners tacked on three more as the Colonels handed Gordon Central a 35-3 defeat at the Warrior’s home stadium.
Lowe’s touchdown strikes were to Justin Reed, 18 yards, and Kelin Wells, 14 yards.
Also rearranging the lights on the Gordon Central scoreboard were Keelyn Wilkey, who scored on runs of 9 and 2 yards, and Colin Rogers, who tallied a 15-yard touchdown.
The Colonels ran one in from 87 yards that didn’t count and crossed the end zone with an interception that was nullified by a flag.
Cass held a 35-0 lead at halftime and ran one series in the second half with its experienced players, before giving the younger players the run of the field the rest of the way.
Lowe’s performance, as well as that of the entire team, drew praise from Rick Casko, head coach of the Colonels.
“There’s a lot on [Trevor’s] shoulders and he did a really good job,” Casko said. “We wanted to get him a look and get him in a situation with some confidence and he really came through. He’s going to improve every week.”
Casko noted the Colonels spread the scoring around.
“We think we’re really balanced this year,” he said. “I think that’s one of the things about this team. We have some different names you’re going to hear because these are hard-working kids and there are a bunch of kids that have to contribute.”
While the Colonels are inexperienced at the quarterback slot, that is not the case for the bulk of the team, as Cass returns 17 starters from its 2012 campaign.
“I’m very pleased [with their overall performance],” Casko said. “We did a good job of taking the ball away. We protected the ball well on offense with our quarterback running the show. Trevor did a great job and we’re really pleased with that. I thought our kids played extremely hard all night long and that’s what we wanted to do.”
He said the coaching staff put the team into different situations and made it a learning experience.
“We needed to look at some things we want to get accomplished and we did tonight,” he said. “I feel real pleased with the effort. The conditioning looked good. Our kids played hard.”
The Colonels also stood tall defensively, holding the Warriors scoreless in the first half. Gordon Central was unable to move the ball consistently in the first half.
Gordon Central had more success covering ground in the second half but found crossing the final stripe difficult.
Also picking up experience for Cass was Brett Gaddy, the second freshman the Colonels are looking at as the player to hold the team’s reins.
The two players were thrown into the mix because three-year starter Brandon Etheridge is no longer with the team.
The performance by Cass against Gordon Central followed its 5-5 campaign a year ago, a dramatic improvement over two years ago when it failed to notch a win.
The 2012 Colonels, who play in Region 7A-AAAA, averaging 28 points while giving up 23 points.
Gordon Central was even more successful a year ago when the Warriors had an 8-3 campaign that ended in the state playoffs when they narrowly lost to Morgan County, 24-21.
They placed second in Region 5-AAA with a 5-2 record, averaging 38 points a game while surrendering 16 points.
The Colonels open their season on Aug. 30 when they host Adairsville. The two teams collide at 7:30 p.m.