Bulldogs bring high-octane offense to Cass
by David Royal
Oct 25, 2013 | 788 views | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cass High’s defense showed up in a big way against River Ridge last week and the timing couldn’t have been better for the Colonels, who are preparing to host Cedartown and Nick Chubb, its lethal offensive weapon and Georgia signee, tonight.

A strong defensive performance by Cass on senior night would vastly improve its chances of winning two games in a row and evening its region record.

Chubb, a huge part of a Bulldog offense that is scoring an impressive 42 points per Friday night, is a five-star athlete who is the No. 3 ranked running back nationally as ranked by 247 Sports.

Chubb, 5 feet, 11 inches and weighing 215 pounds, has gained 1,883 all-purpose yards this season, averaging 269 yards per game, and he already has tallied 29 touchdowns.

Cass coach Rick Casko said the Colonels know they are in for an offensive challenge from Chubb and the Bulldogs.

“Cedartown is 7-0 and they’re having a great year. They’ve got an excellent running back. He’s a tremendously talented kid,” Casko said. “He runs hard all the time. He is a University of Georgia commit. He had a great year last year and he’s having a great year again.

“He does things that elevate the play of other kids.”

The Cass coach said the Colonels need a disciplined approach if they are to keep his scoring in check.

“You can’t let him loose,” Casko said. “You have to wrap him up, get people to him. He had an extremely good game against us last year (a 49-35 loss for Cass) and we can’t let him make big plays. We’ve got to corral him. He’s going to get his yards but you have to be able to tackle him.”

He said Cass must play a complete game, including making a good offensive showing, too.

“We have to sustain some drives and keep the ball and not punt often,” the Cass coach said. “We have to get points on the board and control the ball and play good, solid, smart football.”

Casko said the Colonels will see someone who is a likely future star for Georgia.

“We are getting to play a back who is going to Georgia,” he noted. “This gives us a chance to see who we are. He will be at Georgia the next few years. What a great challenge this is for us. Let’s line up and see what we’re made of.”

The Colonels are fresh off a good defensive showing against the Knights, who they held to 12 points — River Ridge’s second-lowest total for the season — while posting 24 points on the scoreboard in the victory.

The Colonels’ defensive showing was its second best of the season, ranking just behind their 43-7 beatdown of Heritage, Catoosa.

The 24-12 victory by Cass over the Knights snapped a four-game losing streak and let Cass improve its overall record to 3-5. It is 1-2 in Region 7A-AAAA.

The Colonels have averaged 23 points and allowed 28 points per game.

Cedartown, meanwhile, has a 7-0 overall record and is 2-0 in the region.

Coached by Scott Hendrix, the Bulldogs are the region’s most potent offense, scoring 42 points per while giving up 20 points.

The two have played two common foes, River Ridge, who Cass defeated Friday night, 24-12, and Cedartown defeated, 41-25; and Pickens, who Cass lost to 43-27 and the Bulldogs defeated, 42-34.

Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.