Fortunately, the four Bartow County schools have made a priority of facing one another when they can.
As a result, today will feature a full slate of Bartow rivalry scrimmages as Woodland visits Cartersville and Adairsville travels to Cass to give football fans a sneak peak at the 2014 season.
Each game will begin at 7:30 p.m.
For Adairsville and Cass, the scrimmage will be a continuation of the last two seasons when the teams met in the opening game of the regular season. Cass has gotten the better in each of those matchups. The Colonels defeated the Tigers 33-27 in 2012 and 23-14 in 2013. Each game was close until the final possession and should not be any different today.
“What we’ve tried to do in our scrimmage and non-region games is play higher classification opponents to prepare us for the region and even playoffs,” Adairsville head coach Eric Bishop said of scheduling Cass. “We have been telling the kids there’s a sense of urgency here the way our schedule is set up.”
Adairsville officially kicks off its season Friday, Aug. 22, when it entertains Ridgeland. The other three Bartow schools begin Aug. 29.
Cartersville and Woodland also are continuing their recent series of preseason games Friday. Cartersville has gotten the better of the Wildcats in recent years, including a 34-13 win at Woodland in last season’s scrimmage.
For first year head coach Joey King, the scrimmage will be an opportunity to see what kind of players he has.
“What we’re looking for in the scrimmage is seeing how they respond underneath the lights,” King said. “We want to see if they can do those little things. We talk about being able to trust you. It’s not always about making a play. It’s about being tough enough, about being disciplined enough to make an assignment. Sometimes your assignment may not be to make a play. It may be to fit where you’re supposed to fit and bounce to somebody else to make a play. So are we disciplined enough to do that consistently? That’s what we’re looking to do, is to get that game time atmosphere and see how our guys respond.”
The game at Cartersville also will provide an early look at new quarterbacks. Miller Forristall and Trevor Lawrence will likely share snaps for Cartersville while Woodland fans will get a look at Tanner Self and Grant Robinson.
Quarterback is not the only position where there will be new faces as the four county schools averaged 18 seniors per roster in 2013.
Today’s scrimmages will serve as an appetizer for a full plate of Bartow rivalry games this season. Cass and Woodland play in the same region and will play on Oct. 3. Cartersville and Cass play each other in their first game on Aug. 29. Adairsville and Woodland also face off that day.