Five of the team’s 11 starters have or will sign scholarships to play football in college next year.
One of the team’s under-the-radar standouts, linebacker Lakel Scott, is the latest to join Cass’ group of college signees as Scott signed to attend College of Faith Thursday at Cass High in front of family, friends and coaches.
“He really played a lot and did a good job, but just between the weight room and working with the senior group, he played some really good football for us,” Scott’s coach at Cass, Rick Casko, said. “He’s just a really good kid and I think it’s great that he gets an opportunity. He stayed in the weight room and matured. He stayed with that senior group of kids and a number of them are going away to play football, and it’s a good group”
Scott was third on the team with 45 tackles and added two sacks and two interceptions.
“He made some big plays, a big interception, causing fumbles,” Casko said.
In Cass’ first game of the season, Scott made his presence felt with what would eventually become the game-winning play on Aug. 30 against Adairsville. Adairsville trailed by two points and had the ball with 3:16 remaining on the game clock.
After scoring two touchdowns on the team’s previous two offensive possessions, Adairsville got a first down and appeared to be mounting a drive to win the game.
However, Scott ended Adairsville’s hopes when he intercepted a pass on his team’s way to a 23-14 win to start the season 1-0.
“My favorite memory was when I caught that interception against Adairsville because it was the first game of the year, a rivalry game,” Scott said. “Last year, against Adairsville, it was the last drive, the same situation, and I dropped it. We won, but I could have ended it right there, the possible game-winner. But this year, I did it.”
The interception against Adairsville was not the only play Scott made on the season. In fact, the game film of his senior year was what attracted the interest from the College of Faith.
“I sent them my film and, two seconds later, he got back to me and they said they liked it,” Scott said. “I think I left my mark.”
Scott left his mark on the Cass program as well, and even was selected for the Georgia Northwest All-Star Bowl at McEachern Stadium.
The 6-foot, 200-pound linebacker hopes to leave a similar mark on the College of Faith, located in Charlotte, N.C., which will be a member of the NCAA Division II next season in the American Small College Athletic Conference. 2014 will be the program’s second year of football.
“I went up there Monday on my visit, checked it out, and I liked it. The city is beautiful,” Scott said of why he chose Faith. “I was talking to a few schools. I was talking to one in Minnesota and then Faith started talking to me and it was in North Carolina. It was four hours away and I didn’t want to be too close from home, but I didn’t want to be too far.
“I was just thinking that I just want to go play and get an education, and they came along and they got me.”
“[Faith] is an up-and-coming program, so I think he’s excited about the opportunity to play there,” Casko said. “He’s a good kid. He had a good season for us and finished strong. There’s an opportunity for everybody out there at some program; if you work hard, you write your own ticket.”