Bartow County’s four public high schools will be playing one another in football scrimmages on Friday.
Cass and Adairsville will meet at Cass High School while Cartersville and Woodland will duke it out at the home of the Purple Hurricanes.
The four local teams will square off at 7:30 p.m. in two contests that will give Bartow County residents and visitors their first look at what the future may hold this pigskin season for their respective schools.
Adairsville officially kicks off its season the following week (Aug. 22) when it entertains Ridgeland in a nonregion contest that will be counted on both teams’ records.
Cass gets its traction on the new season on Aug. 29, when it visits Cartersville.
Woodland also starts play Aug. 29 by hosting Adairsville in its only nonregion football game of the year.
Bobby Hughes, new head coach of the Colonels, said the scrimmage between Adairsville and Cass is a natural matchup.
“We will be playing Cartersville in a nonregion game on Aug. 29 and Woodland is in the same region with us and we play them Oct. 3,” he said. “Playing them in this scrimmage gives us a chance to play Adairsville, too.”
He said the scrimmage should please a lot of the alumni at both schools, too.
He said fans will be treated to four quarters of play at the scrimmage although there may be some changes with special teams play and some game situations.
Vince DiLorenzo, head coach at Woodland, said the Wildcats are continuing a tradition of playing Cartersville in its scrimmage.
He said it is a crowd pleaser and always has drawn a lot of interest from the fans.
“Coach [Frank] Barden was good enough to schedule us and [new Cartersville head coach] Joey [King] will be opening with us as well,” DiLorenzo said. “When we play at home against Cartersville, it’s a big gate for us.
“People still want to see Cartersville play even if it’s just a scrimmage. When they play, people always show up.”
He said those crowds provide a great atmosphere for the teams to play in and also provide a good gate to help support the athletic programs at both schools.
DiLorenzo said fans at this year’s scrimmage will get their first look at the kind of teams King will be putting on the field. He believes the Purple Hurricanes will be a challenge this year even though it’s King’s first year.
“Cartersville is loaded talent-wise,” DiLorenzo said. “It’s also great competition and shows us where our weaknesses are. That helps us improve and get ready for our first game.”