Bartow players off to fast start on gridiron
by Jason Greenberg
Aug 19, 2013 | 1354 views | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After tackling each other, not being able to tackle quarterbacks and playing on the same patch of grass all summer, Bartow County football teams finally got to hit someone else for a change.

Three teams won their scrimmages this past week and several players showed promising beginnings to a season in which several Bartow teams have high expectations.

Adairsville was extremely impressive running the football Thursday against Dalton, even without all-county senior tailback Tristin Smith. The Tigers ran for 224 total yards in the first half, leading 20-6 before the varsity came in.

Woodland was the only team not to win its scrimmage as the Wildcats faced a tough matchup in their 34-13 loss to Cartersville on Friday.

Cass showed off its new quarterback as the Colonels’ balanced attack thoroughly dominated Gordon Central in its scrimmage Friday by a score of 35-3.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Mark Quattlebaum — Cartersville

Quattlebaum scored the Canes’ first two touchdowns in their game and totaled four catches for 58 yards. Both touchdowns were short passes in which the senior wideout demonstrated his speed in the open field after the catch. Not only did Barden and Quattlebaum exhibit chemistry on offense, Quattlebaum also made several plays from his safety position, including an interception inside the 10-yard line to end a threatening Woodland drive.

BEST OF THE REST

Marcus Childers — Adairsville

Childers was elusive in the open field Thursday night and finished with 124 yards rushing on five carries, including a 99-yard scramble for a touchdown. He also threw for 51 yards on 5-for-11 passing.

Trevor Lowe — Cass

Lowe relieved many Colonel fans Friday night who were worried about their season’s destiny resting on the shoulders of a freshman quarterback. The youngster was outstanding in his first high school football action. He completed 7 of 10 passes while throwing for 89 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran the ball twice for 20 yards.

Brooks Barden — Cartersville

Barden made sure to find Quattlebaum early and often, but also hit an impressive sophomore wideout Terrius Callahan for a 19 yard touchdown. Barden finished 9-for-17 on the night with 113 yards passing, three touchdowns and five carries for 51 yards.

Sidnee Johnson — Adairsville

Johnson would have been the leading rusher in the county had it not been for his teammate, Childers. The sophomore running back had 70 yards on 12 carries and a touchdown against Dalton.

Alex Barnes — Cartersville

Barnes was extremely impressive as an offensive lineman and recorded three sacks and numerous tackles on defense.

Keylon Woodard — Cass

The other three Bartow teams did not run kickoffs in their scrimmages and just started their drives at a preset yard line. However, Woodard took advantage of two practice kick returns he had before Cass’ scrimmage in which he returned one for an 87-yard touchdown. The special teams score did not actually go on the scoreboard, which makes Cass’ victory all the more impressive.

HONORABLE MENTION

Colin Rogers — Cass

Rogers had three carries for 52 yards and a 40-yard touchdown.

Tiamon Pennymon — Cartersville

Pennymon had a 46-yard touchdown run.

Kelin Wells — Cass

Wells had two catches for 24 yards and a touchdown.

C.J. Woods — Woodland

Woods had a 75-yard touchdown catch and run.