Cedartown snarled, scratched and clawed their way to another victory Friday night and moved to 1-1 in 5-4A region play with a 38-10 win over visiting LaGrange.
The 5-1 Bulldogs amassed 329 yards on offense and gained 16 first downs without a single punt on the night in the rout, but it didn’t come so easy.
“LaGrange may be 0-6, but they are a pretty good football team,” said head coach Doyle Kelley following the game. “They came after us, and they never stopped. They just kept hammering away. They’re going to be a good football team, and I don’t know how they’re 0-6. I really don’t.”
Kelley said much of the team’s success of the night came not just from outscoring LaGrange 35-10 in the first half, but from what the Bulldogs defense was able to do to keep the Grangers from scoring before the final buzzer.
That included two interceptions by Zah Frazier — including one that went back for a touchdown — and a big second half sack on Granger quarterback Charles Crawford.
Just as much as the defense shined, it was Cedartown’s offense that really drove the game. The Bulldogs put up 250 yards in the first half, 162 of those on the ground shared between Kobe Pryor, Tony Mathis and Keshun Kent. Overall the offense put up 213 yards on the ground for the night.
“Trevon (Wofford) played well, our big guys played well,” he said. “The guys that needed to play well stepped up and played well.”
He said that so long as his front lineman keep control of the line of scrimmage, opportunities for his team will continue to open up in games to come.
Wofford’s night wasn’t all perfect. He was 10 of 12 for 116 yards with 1 touchdown for 45 yards to Kent in the first quarter, and 2 interceptions.
LaGrange’s lone touchdown came from Cornell Kendrick, who drove in for a 3-yard score. They also landed a 30-yard field goal for their final points of the night. They finished with 157 yards overall, with Crawford losing the ball on three interceptions. He went 4-of-11 for 33 yards on the night.
The Bulldogs are back in action next Friday on the road at Central-Carroll. Kelley said his team would be back to work this weekend getting ready.
“I’m not worried about Central, I’m not worried about LaGrange. I’m worried about Cedartown, and getting us where we need to be,” Kelley said.