Sunday Standouts: Bartow players show signs of breakout performances

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Football returned to Bartow County this past week with an intracounty matchup between Adairsville and Woodland. Both offenses weren't all that crisp, but the Wildcats looked far better overall in the 37-10 triumph.

Cartersville's mostly unproven squad showed plenty of promise in a 35-7 romp over Dalton on Friday night, while Cass showed a lot of fortitude in pulling out a 6-3 win over Pepperell.

Next week's regular-season openers: Chattooga at Adairsville, Allatoona at Cartersville and Woodland at Southeast Whitfield — all beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

SUNDAY STANDOUTS

Marcus Gary, Cartersville

After getting a taste of varsity as a situational back a season ago, the senior piled up more than 100 yards from scrimmage  in his first game as the featured back on Friday. He struggled in goal-to-go situations, but did turn a third-and-1 play into a 35-yard touchdown run, and he could be a major threat in the passing game after registering  two catches for 25 yards in the scrimmage.

Jackson Lowe, Cartersville

Lowe looks to have a great rapport with Webb. He showed excellent hands, speed in the open field and toughness in between the numbers. He pulled in a 23-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter and totaled 91 yards on the evening. 

Tee Webb, Cartersville

Webb looked composed in the pocket much of the evening in putting together a 15-for-24 passing performance with 169 yards and one touchdown. He just missed out on an even more stellar statline because of a couple of near-touchdown passes and dropped screen passes. For the first glimpse of Webb starting and going against the other team's varsity defense,  he showed why he could be the next in a long line of standout quarterbacks.

Kaleb Speights, Cass

The sophomore kicker scored all the Colonels' points Friday night. He converted a pair of field goals — a roughly 39- and 34-yarder. Even though he did miss a kick from about 45 yards out and there was no rush on the kicks, Speights showed a level of clutch beyond his years with the game-winning kick splitting the uprights in the final minutes.

Blake Cash, Woodland

Cash made a huge impact on the game from practically the opening whistle. His scoop and score following an Adairsville fumble on the second play of the scrimmage really set the tone. He recovered another fumble following a bad snap, showing good skills to wrap up the loose ball with an effortless dive ahead of the opposing quarterback.

Jakob Foss, Woodland

Foss exceeded any and all expectations passing-wise for a sophomore quarterback in Woodland's system. He went 6-for-6 for 123 yards. Foss looked comfortable rolling out, in the two-minute offense and even a jailbreak screen pass. However, he will need to improve on quarterback-center exchanges.

Austin Potter, Woodland

Potter was all over the field Thursday, registering nine tackles, two for loss, forcing a fumble and deflecting a pass in coverage. Potter broke out with a big season last year and is expected to be a stalwart at linebacker this year.

Demarcus Williams, Woodland

Williams showed the burst and toughness that make him a threat to run around or over any defensive back unlucky enough to come up against him on the edge. Along with making some solid plays on defense, he had 98 rushing yards on just four first-half carries. A fumble in the second half, which likely resulted in part from picking up what appeared to be a minor injury on defense, didn't diminish a solid day.

HONORABLE MENTION

Landon Ayers, Adairsville — Ayers managed just 19 yards on five attempts in the opening half, but had a solid 9-yard run and a 28-yard gallop on the team's opening drive of the third quarter.

Rett Moore, Cass —  Moore completed 8-of-11 passes for 63 yards, with a long of 20, and tallied five rushing yards.

Titus Jones, Woodland — Jones had nine tackles, including several big hits and impressive takedowns of ballcarriers.

Dawson Wilkins, Woodland — He had just two catches, but those went for a combined 76 yards and a touchdown in the scrimmage.