Adairsville scored 21 points in the first quarter on its way to a 52-28 win at Woodland, while Cartersville scored 28 first-half points to beat Cass at home by a score of 41-7.
Cass and Woodland each played better in the second half, but early scoring surges by the Canes and Tigers put both games out of reach early.
Adairsville and Cartersville combined to score 93 points, and as a result, dominate this week’s list of Sunday Standouts.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Marcus Childers — Adairsville (2)
The Tigers scored seven touchdowns Friday night and Childers accounted for five of them despite not playing during a stretch late in the game. He ran in the first score for the Tigers from one yard out and then threw for Adairsville’s next four touchdowns. The first touchdown pass came when Childers hit Tony Hale with a 19-yard catch and run to put the Tigers up 14-0 in the first quarter. Childers then put the Tigers up 21-0 with a 44-yard pass to Marquel Lane with 2:12 left in the first period. Childers went back to Hale for his third passing touchdown for 18 yards.
His last touchdown would be for 60 yards when he found Hale again to put Adairsville up by a score of 38-7 early in the third quarter.
Childers finished 6-for-11 passing for 170 yards and carried the ball 12 times for 49 yards.
BEST OF THE REST
Tony Hale — Adairsville
Hale accounted for 115 yards on four receptions and three touchdowns through the air, serving as Childers’ primary target. Hale was particularly effective running after the catch and ran for big gains on each of his touchdown grabs. All of his receptions accounted for gains of at least 18 yards.
Sidnee Johnson — Adairsville (2)
The junior running back was the leading rusher of the four county teams Friday as he ran for 95 yards on 12 carries. He also ran for a 3-yard touchdown to take a 45-20 lead early in the fourth quarter.
Johnson has been a Sunday Standout in each of the first two games this season after making the list in all eight of the games he played in 2013.
Kalin Heath — Cartersville
The senior running back was a threat through the air as well as on the ground as he accounted for 177 total yards against Cass. Of those yards, 117 came as a receiver, including six catches for 100 yards in the first half. He also ran the ball 13 times for 60 yards and two touchdowns.
Heath caught three passes on Cartersville’s first touchdown drive and ultimately ran in for the score from one yard out.
Heath’s biggest play came on a 57-yard touchdown run and catch down to the Cass 4-yard line to set up a score on the next play.
Kobie Whitfield — Cartersville
Whitfield had a promising freshman season, but his career was put on hold last year because of a knee injury that caused him to miss the entire 2013 season. On Friday, the junior picked up where he left off, returning a punt 62 yards for a touchdown and a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. He also scored Cartersville’s final touchdown when he split the Cass defense up the middle and showed off his speed, running 48 yards for the score.
Miller Forristall — Cartersville
Forristall did throw one interception in the second quarter, but was perfect otherwise as he finished the day 9-for-10 for 180 yards. He also added a 4-yard touchdown run.
A couple of the junior’s better throws came late in the game on a 17-yard strike down the field to Heath and a 32-yard pitch and catch to Terrius Callahan.
Seth Hughes — Cass
Hughes could typically be found near the ballcarrier during Cass’ loss to Cartersville as the senior defensive back finished with seven tackles. He also intercepted a pass deep in Colonels territory in the first half that stopped a potential scoring drive for Cartersville.
Tiamon Pennymon — Cartersville
Pennymon caught five passes for 76 yards and contributed running the football with nine carries for 59 yards.
Tyler Reed — Cartersville
Reed continues to rack up high tackle totals as he had 10 Friday against Cass.
Chris Morton — Cass
Morton made an impact as a kick returner as he returned four for 100 yards, including a 58-yard return to Cartersville’s 17-yard line.