Cass has yet to play a region game and has a far more favorable matchup today at Heritage, Catoosa as the Generals are 0-2 and do not have nearly as much team speed as Cartersville.
“We match up with them real well as far as foot speed. We have the equivalent, if not more in that area,” Cass coach Rick Casko said of Heritage. “They’re more a ball control-type team. They don’t have as much big-play capability as Cartersville. Obviously, there aren’t many teams like Cartersville.”
The game does carry some playoff implications. Cass is in Region 7A-AAAAA, while Heritage is in Region 7B-AAAAA.
It’s a crossover game, meaning it will not count for or against Cass’ region record, but can be used as a tiebreaker.
The Colonels have played two rivalry games to begin the season and should be ready for a highly intense and physical game.
No one on the team benefits from the rivalry games more than freshman starting quarterback Trevor Lowe.
“Playing Cartersville, it was a high energy game. [Lowe] held it together very well,” Casko said. “We’re very proud of him. He’s going to get better every week.”
The Cartersville game also helped Casko and his staff identify areas where his team needs improvement.
“We need to limit some mistakes. We couldn’t afford to make mistakes last week. We had some penalties and we need to protect the football,” Casko said. “I think we all got a little better in parts. We just want to protect the ball and get positive yards on every play.”
Unlike Cartersville, Heritage will rely less on its speed on the perimeter and more on its size between the tackles.
“They run a little more tight formation stuff, shotgun, three backs,” Casko said. “They’re a real physical kind of team, more between the tight ends. They’ll be more of a running team than throwing.”
The Colonels have a physical team, but that is exactly the kind of team the Generals are, too.
“I look for them to be real physical and flying high at home. I know their kids play hard,” Casko said. “They’re generally good size. They have a couple of 250-pound guys up front and they have some 220-, 225-pound linebackers so that’s kind of their mentality, to be physical.”
Casko feels good about where his team is at this juncture in the season and knows the most important games of the Colonels’ season are still on the horizon.
“Those first two games had no bearing on our season. We are now into our crossover region, so we’re focused on our region now,” he said. “We have to play one game at a time. Our kids are very focused. We had a good practice Monday and Tuesday. I think now we refocus and refine what we are doing.”