The first of four intracounty games this season highlighted the Week 2 slate of action in Bartow County.
Overall, the week went as well as it could have. Cass and Adairsville played out an intense rivalry matchup filled with big offensive plays and key defensive stands. Elsewhere, Cartersville and Woodland defeated West Forsyth and Osborne, respectively.
Cass improved to 2-0 for the first time since 2007 in defeating its North Bartow rival
by a 27-17 final score. The Colonels mostly dominated the opening half, although it didn't quite translate onto the scoreboard. But the Tigers played much better after the break and showed they again have the talent to make the Class 3A state playoffs.
Cartersville won at Weinman Stadium for the second straight week. However, this week's 28-17 win over West Forsyth came much tougher than the previous 42-0 walkover against Morrow. The Canes took quite the shot from their 7A competition Friday, but Conor Foster's group managed to extend the program's state record
for consecutive regular-season wins to 60.
Meanwhile, the Wildcats have already doubled their win total from 2019. After grinding out a sloppy 14-0 win over Gordon Central in its opener, Woodland blew out Osborne
in its home debut.
Next week, Cartersville will play its third successive home game — this time against Alexander. On the flip side, Cass will hit the road for the first time this season, heading to Cherokee County to face Sequoyah.
The Wildcats and Tigers are off next week. Woodland will be on the road Sept. 25 at North Springs in Fulton County. Adairsville will host Murray County in its Region 6-AAA opener the same night.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Johnathan Thomas — Woodland
For the second time in as many weeks, it's a Woodland back earning this title. Asa James earned Player of the Week recognition for his showing against Gordon Central, and while the junior had another stellar game against Osborne, Thomas stole the show. The senior quarterback finished 4-for-7 passing for 156 yards. He threw one interception late in the first half, but the left-hander canceled that out with a 45-yard touchdown throw to James in the third quarter. Thomas only rushed the ball three times Friday. However, he was incredibly efficient, totaling 159 yards on his three attempts. One went for a 69-yard touchdown in the opening half, and another resulted in an 82-yard score in the second half.
Devin Henderson — Cass
This seems likely to be the first of many times Henderson's name appears in our weekly Sunday Standouts piece. The freshman quarterback looked much more comfortable in his second varsity start. After finishing with a sub-50% completion percentage last week, Henderson was remarkably efficient throwing the ball against Adairsville, finishing 11-for-14 passing for 262 yards. He threw touchdown passes of 80, 19 and 15 yards. His weekly floor seems incredibly high for a ninth-grader, and that's not to mention his sky-high ceiling.
Asa James —Woodland (2)
As mentioned above, James followed up his impressive season debut, which included 236 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns, with another phenomenal display. He scored Woodland's first two touchdowns against Osborne. His 11- and 4-yard scores helped stake the Wildcats to a quick 14-0 lead. He ended up with 14 carries for 72 yards. But as Woodland showed last week, the passing game seems to be improved, and James is a big beneficiary, racking up 87 receiving yards and one touchdown through the air.
Devonte Ross — Cartersville (2)
Another week, another stellar showing from Ross. The senior continues to show why he's the best athlete in the county and quite possibly the best player, period. Facing West Forsyth, which shut out a ranked Mays team in its opener, the senior two-way star hauled in 10 catches for 110 yards. He caught touchdown passes from two different players. He opened the scoring with an 11-yard touchdown from starting quarterback Stratton Tripp. Ross later put his team up 14-7 off a 41-yard pass from Evan Slocum on a trick play.
Courtney Slocum — Adairsville
Slocum did his part in trying to fuel a second-half comeback by the Tigers. His 66-yard touchdown catch pulled Adairsville within three points with 7:52 left in the third quarter. Overall, the senior, who holds Division-I offers from Marist and Bucknell, recorded three catches for 87 yards, while adding three carries for 25 yards on the ground. Defensively, the standout safety totaled seven tackles, including five solo. He'll continue to be a key player for the Tigers in all facets of the game.
Tokyo Gordon, Adairsville — Gordon had a monster game against Cass from his linebacker spot, piling up 15 tackles (12 solo) and one tackle for loss.
Zay Jackson, Cass — Jackson scored the game's first touchdown on his only offensive touch, with a 19-yard catch-and-run on third-and-10, while adding five tackles (four solo) and one huge interception.
Quante Jennings, Cartersville — An honorable-mention pick for the second straight week, Jennings rushed 14 times for 75 yards and two touchdowns.
Mark Perdue, Cass — Perdue was laying the wood all over the field Friday, managing nine tackles (seven solo), two tackles for loss and one sack.