Cass, Cartersville alumni plan to meet on gridiron once again
by David Royal
Apr 10, 2014 | 1848 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Gridiron greats from Cartersville and Cass high schools will be suiting up once again April 26 to get their football licks in against their old rivals.

Cartersville graduate Saunders Jones said the full contact game is intended to benefit the athletic programs at both schools.

Jones said the teams have been practicing a couple of weeks with an eye toward winning the gridiron battle, which will be played at Weinman Stadium.

The kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. on a Saturday.

“Anybody who lettered in football at Cass or Cartersville is eligible to play,” Jones said.

Jones said the idea for the fundraiser came after he and Josh Brock learned of a similar football game played last year in the region.

“The concept of a full-contact football game with alumni is relatively old,” he said, “but you don’t hear about them in the South. We heard about Pickens and Gilmer counties having one last year in which they sold over 6,000 tickets. We sort of bounced the idea around ... and decided to make a push for it.”

He said approval was given for the game and he and others started moving ahead on the matter.

“We got together and set a date for the game,” he said. “A few weeks ago we started talking it up with former players to see who’s crazy enough to play.

“We found a solid group of guys, about 25 or so,” he said. “I think Cass has around 25, too.”

He said the Cartersville team started practicing two weeks ago, working at Weinman Stadium about three times a week.

“We’re putting in the offense and defense and getting ready to go,” he said.

He said both teams have a lot of talented former players, noting a number of those who will be lining up for the Canes later this month played on the school’s state championship team.

He said most of the players on the team graduated around 1999, the state championship year.

“Most of our players will be in their late 20s and early 30s,” he said.

“Richard Daniel is our oldest player,” Jones said. “He graduated in 1984. We also have Kyle Williams, who graduated in 1989.”

He said the quarterbacks are Chris Dietsch, who quarterbacked the championship team, and Lee Miles, who also played with the team.

Brock is coach for Cartersville.

Horace Jones is the captain of the Cass High team.

Saunders Jones said tickets are on sale for $10.

He said individuals wanting tickets may call him at Century Bank or on his cell phone, 404-409-0175.

Saunders Jones said former players also are being asked to attend the game where they can be recognized.

“We want them to have more of a homecoming atmosphere,” he added.