Alex Tucker, a coach-quarterback for the Colonels, said the two alumni football teams had a lot of fun and the athletic coffers at both schools will reap the benefits from the game played Saturday at Weinman Stadium.
Tucker credited his team’s defensive play with determining the game’s winner.
“Our defense was the star of the night,” Tucker said. “A lot of times there were three or four Cass players in Cartersville’s backfield.”
He said the Purple Hurricanes did not cross the midfield stripe but once and it was aided that time by a horse-collar penalty call.
Seth Rhinehardt, statistician for the game and a 1992 Cartersville graduate, said both teams played their hearts out.
“You can’t get much closer than 3-0. It was a heck of a game,” Rhinehardt said. “Both teams put it on the line and gave all they had. No one was sad on either team because of what they did. Both teams left it all on the field.”
Rhinehardt said he believes the game accomplished what backers were hoping for.
“I think both schools probably cleared about $3,500, and that doesn’t include concessions,” he said.
The statistician said both sides were determined. “No one from Cass or Cartersville thought it was easy,” he said. “It was a knockdown, dragout battle.”
Rhinehardt said Cartersville’s offense racked up 86 yards on the evening while Cass had 192 yards.
He said neither team really turned the ball over.
“Cartersville lost one fumble and gave up two interceptions late in the game,” he noted. “As far as fumbles and interceptions, it was a real clean game. Cass had 85 yards in penalties while Cartersville had 35.”
He said the Colonels had a good approach. “Cass took some small men and put them up front,” Rhinehardt said. “It was hot and that small contingent was too quick for those big old linemen for Cartersville.”
Tucker was pleased with the Cass performance.
“The Cass interceptions were by Nick Roberts and Quame Smith and their fumble was recovered by Dave Owens,” Tucker said.
He said the Colonels’ offense hurt itself or the outcome might have looked very one-sided.
“One of our passes was dropped in the Cartersville end zone,” he said. “We also had a touchdown run by Brian Owens called back because of a penalty call. We feel like the score should have been 17-0.”
Tucker said the Colonels were hurt by some miscues, including some offside penalties in the first half and bad snaps in the second half.
“Still, the game was played on Cartersville’s side of the field,” he said.
Tucker said the Cass defense, coached by Whitey Tucker, was lights out. “Our two defensive ends — Horace Jones and Greg Releford — made the statement, ‘I’ll meet you at the quarterback.’ They played lights-out defense for us and were in the Cartersville backfield all night long.”
He said Cartersville took the loss with class and both teams had a good time.
“We are looking to do this again next year,” he added.
Tucker estimated Cartersville dressed out about 40 players and Cass had about 34 players.
He said the game drew a lot of support from other alumni, too, from band members to former cheerleaders.
“Both sides were packed and there was standing room only on the track,” he added. “Both sides really got behind their teams for the game.”
Rhinehardt said there were no reports of serious injuries.
“Cartersville coach Josh Brock said the only thing we had hurt was a couple of egos,” Rhinehardt said. “Everyone did a tremendous job. The fans were very supportive of their teams. It was a night of good sportsmanship and a good time.”