Sunday Standouts: Phillips helps Canes ease past Hornets

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Posted 10/24/20

This marked the first week since late September that all four Bartow County football teams played in the same week. And yet, they didn't play on the same day, showcasing the odd nature of the 2020 …

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Sunday Standouts: Phillips helps Canes ease past Hornets

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This marked the first week since late September that all four Bartow County football teams played in the same week. And yet, they didn't play on the same day, showcasing the odd nature of the 2020 season.

Cass overcame a slow start to earn a 28-9 victory over Woodland Friday at Wildcat Stadium.  Across town, Cartersville played its first game at Weinman Stadium since Sept. 18 and promptly dispatched of Hiram by a 51-26 final score.

Due to a COVID-19 outbreak at Caohulla Creek earlier this month, Adairsville's homecoming game got pushed back to Saturday. The Tigers didn't seem to care, charging out to a 42-0 halftime lead in a 28-point win over the Colts.

Next week, Adairsville (4-2, 3-1 Region 6-AAA) travels to Sonoraville; Cartersville (6-1, 2-0 Region 7-AAAAA) hosts Blessed Trinity; Cass (6-1, 1-1 Region 7-AAAAA) heads to Hiram; and Woodland (3-1, 0-1 Region 7-AAAAA) welcomes Calhoun to town.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Sam Phillips  — Cartersville (2) 

Phillips doesn't seem to care who plays quarterback for Cartersville. The senior wide receiver caught a 47-yard touchdown pass from Stratton Tripp and a 43-yard score from Carlos Del Rio-Wilson during Friday's romp past Hiram. Overall, Phillips totaled seven catches for 143 yards and the two touchdowns. Phillips was fairly quiet last week on offense against Cass, but he flashed his big-game potential against this time out. Once the Canes finally have a full complement of receivers, the passing game will be extremely tough to defend.

SUNDAY STANDOUTS

Eli Agnew — Adairsville

It should be noted Adairsville could have placed a dozen players among the Sunday Standouts if the Tigers' starters had played the second half this week. Alas, the team values wins and sportsmanship over individual stats. As it were, Agnew did enough on his four carries to earn a spot here. The junior running back racked up 75 yards, with 68 coming on a huge run late in the first quarter that completely flipped the field with the Tigers only ahead 7-0 at the time. He later scored a 1-yard touchdown for a 21-0 lead.

Carlos Del Rio-Wilson — Cartersville

The transfer quarterback seems to have picked up the Canes offense, or at least the part of it the coaches are asking him to execute, fairly well thus far. Trading drives with Tripp, Del Rio-Wilson accounted for 196 yards and three touchdowns. He completed 11 of 14 pass attempts for 164 yards and two touchdowns, adding 32 yards and a score on the ground. The University of Florida commit could be a huge X-factor in next week's showdown against Blessed Trinity.

Asa James — Woodland (4) 

James started things off with a bang Friday, when he went 90 yards on Woodland's first offensive snap. He found yards much harder to come by the rest of the night. Even still, James managed 76 rushing yards over his final 22 carries. On the season, the junior is up to 514 rushing yards. His big-play ability remains elite, and he will need more game-changing runs next week against Calhoun, especially if quarterback Johnathan Thomas is forced to miss time due to an injury he suffered Friday.

Eli Jernigan — Woodland

Jernigan flew around the Wildcats defense throughout Friday's rivalry game. He came off the field briefly after a crunching hit to break up a pass, but the senior returned to action. He finished with 14 tackles, half of which were solo, and added two pass breakups. Jernigan's seven solo stops were a season-high mark, and he has now recorded 47 tackles on the season.

Andrew Nguyen — Cass

The junior safety piled up 13 tackles with a ridiculous five stops behind the line of scrimmage after entering the game with just two tackles for loss on the season. His nine solo stops were more tackles than other Colonel. As a team, Cass recorded 17 tackles for loss. Nguyen leads the team in solo tackles, racking up 40 thus far. His 54 total stops is one behind Mark Perdue for the team lead.

Stratton Tripp — Cartersville (4) 

Tripp started and performed well again while splitting time with Del Rio-Wilson. The senior continues to step up in what has to be a tough situation. He connected on 10 of 14 attempts for 156 yards, including the aforementioned touchdown pass to Phillips. He'll look to continue his strong run of recent play in next week's matchup that will go a long way towards deciding the Region 7-AAAAA title.

Joshua Varnum — Cass

Varnum managed 124 yards on just four rushing attempts. A lot of that production came on a pair of 55-yard runs. The first of those set up a short touchdown by Devin Henderson to make the score 21-9 in favor of Cass, and the second closed out the scoring in a 28-9 victory. There's a non-zero chance that Varnum seems more usage in a must-win game next week at Hiram.

HONORABLE MENTION

Isaiah Bagley, Woodland — Bagley had a dozen tackles (six solo), adding a tackle for loss and a forced fumble to his overall line.

Conner Crunkelton, Adairsville — The senior quarterback accounted for three total touchdowns — one passing and two rushing — and completed 5 of his 6 pass attempts.

Mark Perdue, Cass — The junior wound up with eight tackles, including 3.5 for loss, giving him a team-high 55 stops and 14 tackles for loss on the season.

Evan Smith, Adairsville — Smith made several key plays for the Tigers from his defensive line spot, including a tackle for loss and a sack.