Week 3 of the Bartow County high school football season was characterized by two epic blowout wins for the locals.
For those following Woodland and Cartersville Friday night, the two games were mirror images of each other. Both the 'Cats and Canes were at home coming off bye weeks and both of their opponents — East Hall and Luella, respectively — showed up late to the game due to traffic.
Not only did both teams score 55 points, but those trying to simultaneously keep track of both games might have noticed several of the scores occurred at the same times, and each team gave up second-half scores during a running clock with the younger kids in.
The major difference being it was Woodland's widest margin of victory in school history and a welcome, but infrequent outcome for the Wildcats, while Cartersville blowing out teams has become a regular occurrence for the Canes.
Each team now stands at 2-0, with Woodland entering region play next week at Cass and Cartersville hosting another non-region game against McNair.
On the flip side, Cass lost a game to Forsyth Central it would like to have back, falling in Cumming by a final score of 24-12.
The Colonels' loss is the lone loss by a Bartow team against a non-Bartow team so far this season. The county's record now stands at 6-2 early in the season.
Adairsville was off this week, but will return to action this upcoming Friday against Coahulla Creek.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Tee Webb — Cartersville (2)
For those who watched the season opener on Aug. 17 against Allatoona, it was clear junior quarterback Tee Webb would capably fill what has increasingly become a position of prestige for the Cartersville program.
With six consecutive years of all-state signal callers at Cartersville, the bar has been set high, and Webb showed talent and poise in his debut on Aug. 17.
Still, he did not announce his arrival with the same gusto against Allatoona as he did Friday night against Luella. In just his second-career start, Webb threw for six touchdowns, a mark that even Webb's predecessor, Trevor Lawrence, matched just twice in his illustrious Canes career.
Webb combined some well-thrown passes downfield with smart decision making and accuracy on check downs, and a strong sense of timing on screen passes.
He finished 12-of-14 passing for 242 yards, an average of 17.3 yards per attempt. He also made good decisions on the read-option, rushing for 49 yards on four carries and a score, making some defenders miss and breaking tackles on multiple occasions.
In his first two games of the season, Webb is 19-for-29 (65.5 percent) for 392 yards, eight touchdowns and one interception.
Kaleb Chatmon — Cartersville
An honest discussion with the Cartersville players and coaches will reveal Chatmon is the fastest player on the 2018 Cartersville team. Speed at the wide receiver position tends to lead to big plays, and that was the case for the senior burner Friday night.
Chatmon finished the first half against Luella with three receptions for 89 yards and two touchdowns before taking a seat in a running-clock second half. One of his scores was a deep ball on the third play from scrimmage for a 48-yard touchdown. Another was on a quick screen pass to the left side, where Chatmon made a couple of defenders miss and utilized strong downfield blocking to go 34 yards to pay dirt.
Adding to his big night, Chatmon made two tackles on kickoffs, oftentimes the first down the field on the coverage unit.
Marcus Gary — Cartersville (2)
Gary was not the workhorse Friday that he was in Cartersville's first game, receiving just eight touches compared to the 22 he got in Week 1. But, while the senior running back did not touch the ball every time, he's a big-play waiting to happen anytime he does.
Gary had five carries Friday for 28 yards and a touchdown, while adding three receptions for 56 yards and two touchdowns receiving. He averaged more than 10 yards per touch and now has 323 yards of total offense through two games.
Reed Davis — Cass
It appears the junior linebacker is going to be one of those tackle accumulators for the Colonels this season. He had seven in the season opener, and then added 13 against Forsyth Central Friday. He also has 2 1/2 tackles for losses across the two games.
With the Bulldogs dominating the time of possession battle, there were plenty of chances for tackles, but credit Davis for making the plays before the Forsyth Central ballcarriers could get into the secondary and break loose for big gains. He also stood out when moved to defensive end at times.
Blake Cash — Woodland
The junior outside linebacker had a huge scrimmage against Adairsville, returning a fumble for a touchdown and filling the stat sheet in multiple categories. On Friday against East Hall, Cash proved the scrimmage performance was not a fluke, once again making an impact in multiple ways for the Wildcat defense.
Cash finished six tackles, a sack, a quarterback pressure, a tackle for loss and a forced a fumble, leading the way for a stellar overall performance by the Woodland linebackers.
Jimmy Davis — Woodland
Davis had his coming-out party Friday night, exploding for 92 yards on just four carries. His first three carries went for touchdowns.
Due to a turnover, his first two touchdowns occurred over a span of about 15 seconds of game clock. With about six minutes left in the first half, he went 24 yards, and then 37 yards for the 36-0 lead at the 5:45 mark in the second quarter.
He rounded out the stellar performance with a 26-yard touchdown less than 3 1/2 minutes into the third quarter.
Seth Johnson — Woodland
The senior safety matched East Hall's six points all by himself Friday night, and that's with Johnson just playing defense.
His second-quarter interception and 62-yard touchdown return put an exclamation point on a 42-point first half for Woodland.
Johnson also added four tackles and a pass breakup.
Harrison Allen — Allen normally stands out as a linebacker on defense, but received three touches in the second quarter for the Cartersville offense on Friday, rushing for 35 yards and taking a screen pass 39 yards to the house.
Christian Yanes — The senior defensive end tallied 8 1/2 tackles and forced a fumble for Cass.
Titus Jones — Jones now has an interception in both of Woodland's games to start the season, and added eight tackles on Friday from his safety position.