Scrimmage week doesn't always give an accurate glimpse at what's to come for high school football teams. However, like most weeks, the cream will rise to the top, even in a somewhat abbreviated window.
It bodes well for Bartow County teams that all of the honorees for this week's Sunday Standouts are underclassmen. Although, it will be intriguing to see how many of them become regulars on this weekly rundown of the top performers in the county.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Kaleb Speights — Cass
Speights stole the show for the Cass Colonels on Friday. After missing his first field goal from long range, he made his next three, including the game winner from 20-plus yards out, one from 30-plus yards and another from more than 40 yards away.
Between extra points and field goals, Speights accounted for 11 points in a 23-21 Cass win. Every point — and every second — was needed as Speights’ last field goal came as the clock expired to give the Colonels a win to build on moving forward.
Eli Agnew — Adairsville
Adairsville had several skill-position players make a play or two. But it was a sophomore who made two of the biggest. Eli Agnew broke off a 33-yard run in the first quarter — the game's biggest play from scrimmage to that point. He later added a 44-yard touchdown run in the second half, finishing the night with six carries for 89 yards and the score.
Asa James — Woodland
Senior Demarcus Williams may be the Woodland workhorse this season, and he showed off his ability on a 60-yard touchdown. However, James had the better overall game this time out and looked to be a key member of the Wildcats offense. One series after Williams' huge run, James broke through the Adairsville defense for a 74-yard score. His second-quarter touchdown included several broken tackles as he neared the end zone, and it helped the sophomore finish with 101 yards on nine carries.
Amarai Orr — Cartersville
Orr emerged as a sophomore a season ago, but he will be one of the linchpins moving forward for the Canes at outside linebacker this year. Orr made eight tackles, four solo, Friday night and added an interception early in the second quarter. He returned the pick to the 11-yard line, where Cartersville scored from two plays later for their first touchdown and lead of the game.
Devonte Ross — Cartersville
While wins and losses don’t count in scrimmage games, Ross’ first-quarter pass breakup was the most important play Friday night against Dalton. With Dalton driving on its second possession and looking to go up two touchdowns inside the Canes’ 5-yard-line, Ross broke up a pass on a slant route. Not only did he knock the ball away from the intended receiver, he also batted it up in the air so that Evan Slocum could intercept it and run it back to midfield, later setting up Cartersville’s first score of the game on a field goal. That play, combined with an interception and long return later, and two receptions for 41 yards as a receiver, is evidence Ross is in line for as big year in 2019.