WHITE — The Cedartown Bulldogs achieved two major things Friday night as they traveled to Cass.
The first was seeing highly talented running back Nick Chubb surpass 2,000 rushing yards on the season, and the second was staying undefeated on the season.
Chubb and the Bulldogs rushed by the Colonels for a 54-28 Region 7-AAAA subregion A victory, putting Cedartown at 8-0 for the first time since 2001.
The victory also puts the Bulldogs at 3-0 in the subregion standings, and now sets up a showdown with Gilmer next Friday for the subregion crown and a chance to host the 7-AAAA championship game.
“We’re really excited to be 3-0 with a chance to win the subregion title next week,” said Cedartown coach Scott Hendrix.
Going into the game at Cass, Chubb had rushed for 1744 yards on the season for an average of around 250 yards a game. On Friday night, Chubb surpassed his average and rushed for 279 yards on 28 carries despite only playing the first three quarters.
Chubb scored four touchdowns on the night and had touchdown runs of 15, 28, 2 and 11 yards, and now has 2,023 yards on the season.
“We try to be as balanced as we can be, but it’s hard not to give Nick the ball cause he’s so good,” said Hendrix. “We know we’ve got to be able to give the ball to different people. We had a chance tonight to do it, and we executed pretty well.
Spreading the ball around and executing is exactly what the Bulldogs did.
Cedartown also got two rushing touchdowns from Peyton Payne, and then got another touchdown on the ground from Tyrone Scofield.
The Bulldogs final touchdown of the game came through the air when Harrison Barnett connected with Israel Battle on a 47-yard touchdown strike.
Cedartown held Cass scoreless in the first quarter and scored two touchdowns to take a 13-0 lead early, but the Bulldogs couldn’t hold the Colonels scoreless in the second.
The Bulldogs put up 28 points in the second quarter, but Cass kept themselves in the game by taking advantage of some Cedartown mistakes to score 21 points of their own.
“We misplayed a long ball, had a bad kickoff cover and we turned the ball over deep in our territory that lead to their first score,” said Hendrix. “A lot of the things that went wrong tonight were self-inflicted, but give Cass credit because they have a lot of good athletes on that team and they played hard.”
Cedartown went on to outscore Cass 13-7 in the second half to finish off the 54-28 subregion victory.
The Bulldogs will now turn their attention to Gilmer (7-1, 3-0), who they host on Friday night with the subregion title on the line.
“It should be exciting for our community, hopefully our kids will welcome that challenge,” said Hendrix. “There are no secrets at this time in the year and everybody knows what everybody does. It boils down to who can execute and impose their will on the other team.
“It’s going to be a war and we look forward to that challenge.”