Six Cartersville players missed Friday’s 76-13 win at Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High Friday night, several of whom may be ready after the bye.
Senior running back Brandon Long, junior defensive end Greg Davis, junior offensive lineman Alex Christina, junior linebacker Jahir Camps, sophomore defensive back Kobie Whitfield and freshman wide receiver Trase Fezzia were all listed on the injury report against LFO.
“We had some guys who weren’t here this week. Hopefully, we can go into the bye week and work on some things and get some guys back,” head coach Frank Barden said after the game Friday.
Long had been the team’s primary tailback heading into the fifth week of the season, but after sustaining an injury on the second play of the game against Coahulla Creek, Long missed the LFO game this week.
What is ailing Long is the knee and the team is awaiting an MRI to find out the severity. In four games, Long had rushed for 347 yards, averaging more than nine per carry.
Camps has been one of Cartersville’s leading tacklers despite dealing with a shoulder injury.
“He could play. We’re just holding him to make sure that we can get him back at the end of the year,” Barden said. “He’s probably going to have surgery at the end of the season. It pops out sometimes. He’s got a loose shoulder.”
The coaching staff was looking forward to Whitfield playing this season, but a knee injury has kept him out of every game so far.
Fezzia has stepped in as another young player flashing potential in his first year. The wide receiver is third on the team with 214 yards receiving in five games this year. He was held out because of illness.
Cartersville has averaged over more than a 42-point margin of victory so far this season and, as a result, likely has lofty playoff hopes. One of the few things that could derail a region championship and state playoff run would be the injury bug.
The bye week should give those injured Canes another week to get healthy.
Open week good time to return to ‘camp mentality’ for Adairsville
In two of its last three games, Adairsville has faced football teams in Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe and North Murray that use multiple formations, and offensive schemes.
The Tigers defeated the Warriors handily, 49-0, in their Sept. 20 game but yielded 300-plus yards to the Mountaineers in Friday’s 31-21 win.
“… North Murray did make some halftime adjustments and gave us some fits on things …” Adairsville coach Eric Bishop acknowledged, noting that his team had adjusted accordingly by the middle of the third quarter.
“ [We’ll] work on some things in open week that you don’t necessarily want to take time on in a game week, and we’ve got some answers for that multiple stuff that [we] just didn’t have time to put in,” Bishop continued. “So, we will use that open week, those practices there, to be brush up [on] some of that, go back to a camp mentality, and we’ll get after it, hard work.”
Yellow laundry litters field in Tigers’ victory
The Tigers witnessed plenty of yellow laundry on their home field in the form officials flags as Adairsville was called for 16 penalties for more than 100 yards — which included six holding calls. North Murray, on the other hand was flagged just six times for less than 50 yards.
“There’s no doubt we had some penalties that hurt us, both offensively and defensively, and we’re addressing that,” Bishop said following Friday’s win. “The penalties we’re most concerned with are careless and selfish penalties. You know, there’s probably holding on every snap in high school football. That’s gonna get called at times and it’s gonna get passed up at times. … We’ll work to get better at that. Hopefully, we’ll look at as it’s part of the growing process.”