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FOOTBALL: Darlington's Atha, Armuchee's Cash pleased with energy in spring games

Intensity is sometimes absent from intrasquad spring football scrimmages.

That was not the case, however, for Darlington and Armuchee, which both held their annual spring games on Friday night.

Darlington coach Tommy Atha and Armuchee coach Preston Cash both noted a high amount of physicality and enthusiasm in their teams’ respective scrimmages.

“The effort was great. The enthusiasm has been tremendous all spring,” said Atha of his Tigers in a phone interview with the RN-T on Friday night.

“You can tell when kids really want to be out there, and this whole spring, this group of kids has been out there early every day, and that’s been very encouraging.”

“We had a real good night tonight,” said Cash. “It was a real physical game.

“We got out of spring what we wanted to. We’ve got 65 kids that lasted the whole spring. We had a very physical spring, but it was also a learning experience.”

Atha said being a smaller school puts his younger players to the test — and in his opinion, they passed.

Langley, a former Rome resident who now lives in Florida, graduated from Model in 2005.

Langley was the kicker for the Blue Devils football team and played on the soccer team.

But Langley found his real passion — wakeboarding — in 2004 at his father’s water ski school in the Coosa area.

“I’ve been on water all my life, and in 2004, I got really into it,” said Langley.

Langley is also participating in a recreational golf tournament that is part of the Masters during what is shaping out to be a busy Memorial Day weekend for the pro wakeboarder.

The gates open for the event at 6 a.m. each day, and Langley’s events will be today between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and between 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday.