The exhibitions also were the debuts of two coaches, Cartersville’s Joey King and Cass’ Bobby Hughes, and both picked up victories.
Cartersville showed off its fast-paced offense under King’s direction and jumped out to an early lead in its 36-0 win over Woodland.
Cass bounced back after Adairsville scored on its opening drive and defeated the Tigers by a score of 22-21.
To add to the excitement of the scrimmages, Bartow fans got a look at several players who will see an increased role in 2014 after sitting behind seniors a season ago. Many of those players performed well, as did some familiar faces.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
As a sophomore last season, Cartersville wide receiver Terrius Callahan had an impressive 19-yard touchdown grab in the first half of the Canes’ scrimmage against Woodland. After the catch, it appeared Callahan may be a prominent weapon in the Cartersville offense.
However, Callahan was behind seniors T.L. Ford, Mark Quattlebaum and Gordon Gray, which mitigated his impact during the regular season. Heading into this season, Callahan is destined for a larger role in the offense and showed he was ready for prime time with a five-reception, 130-yard and two-touchdown performance Friday night.
Callahan made his presence felt early in the game when, on Cartersville’s first pass play, quarterback Miller Forristall connected with Callahan deep down the middle of the field for 44 yards. Callahan and freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence also showed good chemistry as Lawrence completed a 17-yard pass for a touchdown at the end of the first quarter. Lawrence and Callahan then connected for another touchdown in the second quarter on a 48-yard score.
BEST OF THE REST
Sidnee Johnson — Adairsville
Johnson was a weekly mention in Sunday Standouts throughout the first eight weeks of the 2013 season before sitting out with an injury. He picked up right where he left of on Friday night as he ran in a touchdown from the 1-yard line on Adairsville’s first-drive touchdown.
He finished with seven carries for 53 yards while only playing in the first half.
Tyler Reed — Cartersville
A junior, Reed came on strong during the second half of 2013 and will be the “bell cow” of the Cartersville defense this season, according to King.
Reed gave an early indication of his strong season that is to come with an eight-tackle performance against Woodland in three quarters of play. His biggest play, however, was when he stepped in front of a crossing route for an interception. The 6-2, 235-pound linebacker then ran 95 yards for a touchdown, showing good agility when he cutback at midfield to avoid a Woodland defender and proceeded to sprint down the Cartersville sideline for the score.
Miller Forristall — Cartersville
Forristall and Lawrence alternated possessions Friday at quarterback, but the junior Forristall got the start. He led Cartersville to points on each of his first two possessions and finished the day 9-for-17 for 144 yards and a touchdown on his four drives. He began the game 5-for-6 and completed his first attempt deep down the field to Callahan.
Trevor Lawrence — Cartersville
Lawrence displayed his potential in his first high school game as he went 8-for-13 for 155 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He took over on the third drive of the game and led four drives in total. He completed seven of his first eight passes, including a 48-yard touchdown strike to Callahan.
Keelyn Wilkey — Cass
Wilkey is primed for a breakout senior season and did plenty of damage in his half of action against Adairsville. Wilkey ran for 55 yards on eight carries, including 16- and 14-yard runs.
Edvonte Curtis — Cass
Curtis is just a junior but is one of multiple weapons Cass has at its disposal in 2014. He finished the day with four receptions and made the most of them with 89 yards receiving and a touchdown. All four of his receptions were for 20-plus yards. Two of those receptions came on Cass’ final scoring drive, including a 21-yard touchdown catch.
Tyler Riley — Adairsville
Riley had two carries for 58 yards.
Malik Mitchell — Cartersville
Mitchell had four receptions for 49 yards on offense and two pass breakups as a cornerback on defense.
Chris Morton — Cass
The senior slot receiver had two catches for 26 yards and a touchdown.
Khalil Morris — Woodland
Morris had five tackles, including a touchdown-saving tackle in the red zone on Cartersville’s Kalin Heath in the third quarter.