The game carrying the most significance for playoff positioning was Adairsville at Sonoraville. The Tigers won the contest 35-14, and by doing so, put themselves in the driver’s seat for the third seed in the region and a playoff birth.
Meanwhile, the undefeated Purple Hurricanes took care of business once again Friday night with a 63-16 victory over Gordon Central. Cartersville is now 7-0 and has an average margin of victory of nearly 43 points per game.
Cass did not dispose of River Ridge quite so convincingly. However, the Colonels did win their ballgame by a score of 24-12 thanks to a strong defense and a reduced amount of turnovers.
The Woodland football team, after losing its first six games of the season, has now won two games in a row and seems to have found an identity with Quadre Allen and Isaiah Ross in the running game and a strong defense. The Wildcats defeated Lithia Springs 21-12.
With all four county schools in action, and all four winning, this week had plenty of standout individual performances.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Adairsville’s Marcus Childers has put forth some solid statistical games so far this season. However, the junior quarterback broke out Friday rushing the football with 134 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries. He used his quickness and agility in the open field for 37- and 9-yard scores while moving the chains on several possessions. Childers ran for five first downs and threw for two more. He also added a solid passing game, going 7-for-16 for 66 yards, despite some incompletions on catchable balls. Cartersville and Ringgold will probably be the top seeds in the region, but besides the matchups between Adairsville and those two teams, Friday’s game at Sonoraville was the Tigers’ biggest of the season. Childers stepped up to the challenge and helped deliver his team the victory. It is Childers’ second appearance on the Sunday Standouts list, but first mention as Player of the Week.
BEST OF THE REST
Sidnee Johnson — Adairsville (7)
Johnson is the leading rusher in Bartow County as the sophomore continues to accumulate yards on just a few carries. He ran for 93 yards against Sonoraville on just seven attempts with a touchdown.
Mark Quattlebaum — Cartersville (4)
The senior wide receiver caught three passes for 81 yards and had two touchdowns in the game. He also had 150 punt return yards in the first half.
Brooks Barden — Cartersville (7)
Once again, Barden only played a half because Cartersville decided to show mercy and work in some experience for younger players. Still, Barden went 11-for-15 for 229 yards with five touchdowns. The numbers are impressive, but have become commonplace for Barden.
Kalin Heath — Cartersville (4)
Heath has been asked to step up his game in the absence of Brandon Long, who is out because of season-ending knee surgery. The junior ran for 120 yards on three carries to go along with two touchdowns against Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe on Oct. 4. On Friday he accounted for three touchdowns —a 2-yard reception, a 20-yard fumble recovery return and a 61-yard run. He finished with four carries for 71 yards.
Justin Reed — Cass (2)
The senior defensive end has been excellent as a defensive end all season. He continued that level of performance against River Ridge with five tackles and a sack. He also made an impact offensively with two catches for 43 yards and one 29-yard run in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach. His first-quarter touchdown was the most impressive of the bunch. Reed used his basketball skills to climb the ladder over two River Ridge defenders and make a catch on a 29-yard pass from Trevor Lowe on a fourth-and-12.
Colin Rogers — Cass (1)
Rogers ran the ball 12 times for 88 yards, but was particularly effective in the first half. He ran the ball six times for 72 yards in the first two quarters. Cass head coach Rick Casko challenged Rogers to step up against River Ridge and the senior responded to the extra motivation. He also had two receptions for nine yards. Rogers is the only first time Sunday Standout this week.
Quadre Allen — Woodland (3)
The senior is one of many Woodland players who play on both sides of the football. On defense, Allen had two tackles and a pass breakup. Offensively, Allen had his best game of the season. He ran for the ball 18 times for 107 yards with a touchdown.
Tristin Smith — Adairsville
Smith had 17 rushes for 66 yards and two touchdowns.
Gordon Gray — Cartersville
Gray caught two passes, both touchdowns, for 43 yards.
Chaz Rokins — Cass
Rokins had 12 carries for 60 yards and a touchdown. He had 51 yards in the second half to run out the game clock and secure the victory for the Colonels.