Sunday Standouts: Boswell named homecoming king, leads Tigers to win in region opener

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Three Bartow teams began region play Friday, and the wins kept coming.

After Adairsville beat Coahulla Creek 41-10, Cartersville beat McNair 70-0 and Woodland beat Cass 17-7, Bartow County teams are now 7-1 against non-Bartow teams so far in 2018.

Cartersville's win was by the widest margin a Canes team has defeated an opponent since 1929, highlighting Friday's action.

Woodland, meanwhile, improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2008.

All four teams are in action next week, with Adairsville traveling to Haralson County, Cartersville hosting Cherokee, Cass visiting Villa Rica and Woodland welcoming Paulding County.


PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Mason Boswell — Adairsville (2)

The senior do-everything Boswell ran for 196 yards and two touchdowns on just 15 carries against Coahulla Creek.

And that wasn't even the most special part of his night.

During the homecoming procession, Boswell was escorted on the field by Atlanta Falcons all-pro and his cousin, Vic Beasley. Boswell would be named homecoming king at halftime, and proceeded to run for an 80-yard touchdown in the second half to pull away for an Adairsville victory.

Boswell looked like a man among boys all game Friday night, dodging Colt would-be tacklers like they were cones in an agility drill.

He went 0-for-4 passing while alternating between quarterback and running back, but he did have two tackles and two pass breakups while playing part-time at safety.

Just two weeks removed from missing nearly all of the Cass game with an ankle injury, Boswell's return to the lineup was a welcome sight for the Tigers.


SUNDAY STANDOUTS

Savaun Henderson — Adairsville

It was the homecoming game and there might have been some distractions, but it appeared Coahulla Creek beat Adairsville to the game, driving down the field for a field goal on its first possession. 

The Tigers were in need of a spark to get going, and the junior Henderson provided that with his 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and a 7-3 lead. The Tigers would lead the rest of the way.

The kickoff return was extremely well-blocked, and Henderson ran right up the middle untouched, but it was just the beginning of his contributions. He finished with nine tackles, one for loss and a pass breakup from his safety position on defense.


Marquail Coaxum — Cartersville

Cartersville football is a family matter for the Coaxums. Marquail's brother, Xavior was a three-year starter and two-time state champ in the secondary for the Canes.

So when Marquail's grandfather passed away Wednesday, it was a difficult week for his family, but Marquail was at practice the next morning. He dedicated Friday's game to his grandfather, and the junior went on to score a 37-yard receiving touchdown and a 20-yard pick-6 in a game where the Canes won by their third-widest margin of victory in program history.

Coaxum also had four tackles and helped lead a Cartersville defense that allowed just eight yards to McNair with the starters in during the first half.


Tee Webb — Cartersville (3)

Given the impossible task of replacing the state's all-time passing leader, Webb has performed with both poise and aptitude in his first three games as the Canes' starter.

He had another stellar performance Friday, going 16-of-25 passing for 331 yards and five touchdowns. He benefitted from Cartersville's athletes making plays in the quick screen game, but he also was accurate in the intermediate range.

Webb has an impressive 13 touchdowns to go along with 735 passing yards and a 65-percent completion rate through three games.


Rodney Richards — Cass

Richards had another outstanding night in the heart of the Cass defense. He totaled 15 tackles (11 solo) with two tackles for loss and a quarterback hurry. 

The former defensive lineman has seamlessly transitioned to linebacker this season, and he anchored a linebacking corps that had two other players (Blake Carrington and Cameron Hill) also record double-digit tackles. 

He has been one of the most consistent players in the county week in and week out.


Justice Carter — Woodland (2)

Carter didn't break off many long runs against Cass, but his toughness was on display all night. He carried the ball 20 times for 104 yards — a still healthy 5 yards per carry. 

The senior fullback also had the only reception of the game, and it was a huge 13-yard gain on third-and-11. Woodland scored the go-ahead touchdown on the drive. 

Carter will continue to be the workhorse for the Wildcats all year, and he leads the team with 366 yards on 49 carries (7.5 per carry) so far this season.


Titus Jones — Woodland (2)

Jones once again did a little bit of everything for the Wildcats on Friday.

He made a game-changing play midway through the first quarter when he blocked a field goal.

Then, after coming in to play quarterback, Jones capped the ensuing drive with a 1-yard touchdown run. It proved to be Woodland's only score of the first half.

Defensively, Jones finished with 11 tackles — many of which were absolutely crunching hits. His impact in all three phases has been the difference in two of the Wildcats' three games.


HONORABLE MENTION

Sunni Moorehead — The Cartersville senior outside linebacker had six tackles, four for loss with a sack.

Cameron Trammell — The Cass linebacker and senior captain had six tackles, 1 1/2 for loss, a sack, a pass breakup and a fumble recovery.

Seth Johnson — The Woodland senior hybrid safety/linebacker intercepted a pass to seal Friday's win in the closing minutes and returned the pick 22 yards. He added seven tackles and earned a first down on a fake punt late in the first half.