High School Football: Cass faces tall task as it travels to Cartersville

Drive for the GHSA State Title: Cass at Cartersville Preview
Drive for the GHSA State Title: Cass at Cartersville Preview(Carson_Dolan_Photography | Carson Dolan Images)

ATLANTA, Ga. – An unranked however upset-minded Cass (4-2, 1-0) crew will face a tall job Friday when it travels to Class 5A No. 4 Cartersville (6-0, 1-0) to find out the front-runner within the Area 7-5A standings.

For Cass, it has been a very long time because the program felt it may hold with its region-rival.

“We’re simply now to the purpose after three years the place we really feel like we will run the soccer and mash folks,” stated Cass coach Steven Gates. “We’ve been considerably undersized and younger in my first couple years. Now a few of these youthful guys are getting somewhat bit older, and we bought some dimension.”

Undersized it might be, Cass is carrying a four-game profitable streak and momentum together with it. On offense, the Colonels will look to a strong offensive line, led by Arkansas-commit Bear McWhorter and power-five prospect Kail Ellis, to maintain the pocket clear for star quarterback Broddie McWhorter.


“We’re simply now attending to the place we will set up the run,” he stated. “We at all times apprehensive about having to throw it and get first downs that manner, and now we really feel like we will do it.”

The receiving room is led by Georgia-commit Sacovie White, who has been an enormous miss match by way of six weeks. The Colonels ability place gamers will attempt to create house and yards after the catch, to place much more strain on the Purple Hurricanes defensive backs.

Cartersville enters the sport after a come-from-behind 21-17 victory over Class 5A No. 5 Calhoun final week, maintaining its document blemish-free.

The Cartersville offense has continued its pattern of offensive excellence by way of the season that has seen its offense rating greater than 30 factors per sport each season since 2011. They may depend on their offensive line, led by Georgia-commit Malachi Toliver, to fulfill the Cass defensive entrance.

Sophomore Cartersville quarterback Nate Russell is 54-of-91 passing for 758 yards and 7 touchdowns. Jamauri Brice is a favourite goal with 13 receptions for 230 yards and three receptions by way of 5 video games. Khristian Lando has 64 carries for 348 yards and 9 touchdowns to anchor the Cartersville run sport.

On protection, the Purple Hurricanes will face one of the vital proficient offenses they’ll face all season. Nonetheless, their protection has been probably the greatest within the state, giving up lower than 10 factors per sport. Cartersville should depend on its entrance seven to cease the Cass speeding assault and put strain on McWhorter, forcing him to increase performs and make massive throws on apparent passing downs.

“On protection, we wish to give offenses totally different appears,” stated Cartersville coach Conor Foster “We wish to be a number of on protection and never really feel just like the offense goes to dictate to us what they’re going to see. We wish to throw totally different appears at a quarterback or offensive coordinator and never allow them to get snug with what they’re going to see from us.”

Throughout the sphere, the Cass protection may have its arms full attempting to decelerate the balanced offense of Cartersville. The Colonels will look to defensive lineman and Appalachian State-commit Kaden Ellis to disrupt the dominant Cartersville offense entrance. Within the secondary, Cass will look to two-way star White and Liberty-commit Devin Henderson to try to sluggish the proficient Cartersville ability place gamers down.

“The massive factor while you play them is attempting to remove the large play,” Foster stated. “However you need to perceive with the proficient guys they’ve, there are going to be some massive performs, however attempt to restrict them.”

You may watch the sport on the Atlanta Information First app, on ANF+ (Roku, FireTV or AppleTV) and on the Peachtree Sports activities Community (17.2 in Atlanta in addition to on Comcast and Spectrum cable).

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