The Cedartown Bulldogs are used to scoring a lot of points, thanks to standout running back Nick Chubb.
However, on Thursday during the Bulldogs annual Black and White spring game at Cedartown Memorial Stadium, Cedartown scored seven times without Chubb accounting for any of the scores.
“It was competitive tonight,” head coach Scott Hendrix said moments after the White team knocked off the Black team 32-21. “I thought we played hard.”
The game did feature three fumbles and an interception, but each team seemed to find their groove as the contest went along.
“We have put in a new defense and when you do that and then divide the team, its going to be a little sloppy at times,” Hendrix said. “But I felt like we accomplished our goals this spring. Our numbers are up, and I think it’s been a successful spring.”
After a field goal late in the first quarter put the White team ahead 3-0, they would stretch their advantage to 10-0 when Jacob Mathis picked up a fumble from a teammate and raced 55 yards for a score. The extra point with 3:16 left in the second made it 10-0.
Lee Sisson would connect with Michael Helmes on a 49-yard scoring pass with 22 seconds left until halftime to bring the Black team to within three at 10-7. However, the White team ended the half when Harrison Barnett hit Israel Battle for a 57-yard scoring strike. That score gave the White team a 17-7 halftime cushion.
In the third quarter, Sisson connected with Walker Barrow for a 38-yard score. A two-point conversion made it 25-7 in favor of the White squad.
On their next possession, the Black team scored when Zeke Scofield scampered in from 35 yards out. The two-point conversion cut the score to 25-15 with 5:08 left in the third quarter.
Quan Neal would score on a five-yard blast as the third quarter ended to bring the Black team to within four points of the White at 25-21.
However, the White team put the game away in the fourth period when Josh Lee scored on a 21-yard run with 6:44 left to make it 32-21.
Hendrix noted that several players had stellar performances.
“Israel Battle had a real good day and Lee Sisson is a young guy who did his best,” Hendrix said. “As far as the linemen, we will have to look at the film to really see who all did well inside.”
Cedartown, which had one passing touchdown in 2012, had three on Thursday.
“We’ve got some new wrinkles on offense,” Hendrix said.