NOW WHAT? — The Cartersville football team debuted its newest offensive weapon Friday.
Transfer quarterback Carlos Del Rio-Wilson led three drives for the Canes in the second quarter, resulting in 17 points. The senior connected with Devonte Ross for a 25-yard touchdown on a screen pass and hit Sam Phillips on a 21-yard pass, finishing 2-for-6 with a couple of overthrows.
Del Rio-Wilson started previously at McEachern but was deemed ineligible by the GHSA early this year after transferring to Grayson. The University of Florida commit made his season debut Friday, and while he looked a little rusty and amped up, his physical traits are undeniable. His arm talent is impressive, and he picked up 24 yards on two physical QB keepers.
The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder will undoubtedly get more comfortable in the Cartersville system as the weeks go by. It leaves open the question of how the Canes will handle the quarterback system.
Stratton Tripp remained the starter Friday and put together arguably his best performance given the circumstances, leading Cartersville to touchdowns on all four of his series. The senior certainly won’t relinquish the starting job without a fight.
The most likely scenario would seem to be a timeshare at the position. How that looks could change from week to week. Down the road, the Canes could even take advantage of the duo’s athleticism and place them on the field at the same time.
Either way, head coach Conor Foster and his offensive coaches will likely look at the currently muddled QB situation as a good problem to have.
SCHEDULE CHANGE — After having three games impacted by COVID-19, Woodland is set to return to action this coming week against rival Cass.
Assuming the game is able to be played, it would mark the Wildcats’ first contest since Sept. 18. Woodland won its first three games by a combined 107-26 margin before having its final two non-region contests against Chamblee and Union County canceled.
Woodland was scheduled to open Region 7-AAAAA play this week at Blessed Trinity, but that contest was also affected. The Wildcats are now scheduled to face the Titans Nov. 20. Both teams were originally scheduled to be off that week.
Based on the team’s current schedule, Woodland will play its five region contests in successive weeks, leaving the Wildcats with only eight games played during the regular season.
STILL IN THE HUNT — Adairsville’s postseason outlook took a hit Friday, when the Tigers suffered their first Region 6-AAA defeat of the year.
However, the path to a playoff berth is still well within reach. Given the 49-42 final score Friday between Rockmart and North Murray — the projected top two teams in the region — it’s likely that the Yellow Jackets and Mountaineers will clam half of the league’s four spots in the state tournament.
That leaves two more openings. Ringgold’s win over Adairsville puts those Tigers in prime position with a 3-1 record. Adairsville currently sits at 2-1 — third in the region behind Rockmart (4-0) and Ringgold.
Adairsville will host Coahulla Creek next Saturday in what should be a straightforward victory, at least on paper. With the Tigers’ final two home games coming against the Jackets and Mountaineers, it’s possible that Adairsville will need to win its remaining road games at Sonoraville (Oct. 30) and Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe (Nov. 20) to return to the playoffs.
A lot can happen in the next few weeks. By the end of the season, Friday’s loss could be one Adairsville lives to regret, or it could wind up being a mere bump in the road. Only time will tell.