Sunday Standouts: Barden stands out for second consecutive week
by Jason Greenberg
Sep 29, 2013 | 1331 views | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bartow County teams had a rough week.

The county’s record was 1-3 Friday night, with Cartersville battling bouts of inconsistency in its 41-3 win and three teams taking losses.

Turnovers hurt the Cass Colonels for the second straight week as they lost to Dalton by a score of 30-17, while Adairsville’s fourth-quarter comeback was not enough in its 38-20 loss at Ringgold.

Meanwhile, Woodland is still trying to develop a winning formula after its 56-0 loss to North Paulding.

Because each team scored below its season average, the individual statistics are not as impressive as in other weeks.

There were, however, seven performances worthy of Sunday Standouts.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

It took Brooks Barden three weeks to win Player of the Week honors, but as expected, Barden is now a two-time winner as he managed to throw for 222 yards and four touchdowns Friday night. Frank Barden has preached the importance of accuracy in the Canes’ passing game. This aspect of the game was not at its best. Barden completed 13-of-24 passes for a solid, if underwhelming, completion percentage. However, many of the incompletions in the passing game came in the second half after Cartersville had already attained a big lead. Barden now has 1,075 passing yards on the season and 16 passing touchdowns in the first five games. He has thrown for nearly 10 yards per attempt in 2013.

BEST OF THE REST

Sidnee Johnson—Adairsville (5)

Johnson was good on offense and defense in Adairsville’s loss against Ringgold. Johnson carried the ball 11 times for 68 yards and a touchdown. He also recorded 12 tackles on defense.

Trase Fezzia—Cartersville

The freshman receiver has made the honorable mention list twice, but this is his first Sunday Standouts selection. Fezzia is third on the Canes in receiving yards with 214 after his three-reception, 49-yard performance Friday. He also scored two touchdowns, his third and fourth of the year.

Kalin Heath—Cartersville (2)

The senior running back and linebacker has contributed in the run and pass game all season. He had five carries for 59 rushing yards and four receptions for 39 yards against Coahulla Creek.

Justin Reed—Cass

Reed had the highlight of the night for the Colonels with his 7-yard fumble return. The senior defensive end stepped in to intercept a pitch by the Dalton quarterback on a third-and-8. Reed jumped in front of the ball in the backfield and ran into the end zone to give the Colonels their last lead at 9-7.

Chris Morton —Cass (3)

The dynamic slot receiver did on Friday what he does best. The junior caught a screen pass and went 40 yards from the line of scrimmage for the Colonels’ only offensive touchdown of the game. Morton finished with four receptions for 82 yards and one run for five yards.

Chaz Rokins—Cass

Rokins ran for some hard yards and key first downs Friday night, resulting in 62 yards on eight carries and one reception for 10 yards. He also converted on a two-point conversion.

HONORABLE MENTION

Tristin Smith—Adairsville

Smith was instrumental on the Tigers’ first touchdown of the game. He accounted for most of the yardage and finished it with a touchdown. In total, the senior running back had nine carries for 38 yards. He also added five tackles on defense.

T.L. Ford—Cartersville

The senior wideout had two receptions for 55 yards and a touchdown. He now has 295 yards receiving on the year to go along with four touchdowns.

Colin Rogers—Cass

Rogers ran the ball nine times for 54 yards and caught one pass for 13 yards.

Isaiah Ross—Woodland

Ross has, arguably, been Woodland’s best defensive player this year. He also was the team’s best offensive player Friday night with 13 carries and 52 yards.