Cass prepares for ‘in your face’ Coosa
by David Royal
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Cass coaches believe they saw something they can build on in their team’s play against Cartersville last week, coming out in their first drive of the second half to score despite trailing badly.

If they can deliver on that promise, the Colonels could pick up their first regular season victory when Coosa comes calling Friday at Doug Cochran Stadium.

Both teams got roughed up in their season openers. Cass fell to Cartersville, a state football power and local rival, 41-7, at Weinman Stadium, while Coosa was thumped by Riverwood, 35-10.

Bobby Hughes, Cass head coach, said the Colonels, who play in Region 7-AAAAA, are a young team that should grow up game by game.

The Purple Hurricanes took control of their game against Cass early, but it wasn’t all Cartersville as Chris Morton, the Colonels’ exciting playmaker, returned a Canes’ kickoff 58 yards to set his team up in business at the 17-yard line down 14-0. Cass was unable to cash in and Cartersville added two more touchdowns for a halftime lead of 28-0.

Cass scored its first drive of the second half, the highlight a 16-yard pass completion by Trevor Lowe to Walter Brown, and closed the score to 28-7.

The Colonels moved the ball in the second half but not with enough consistency to get back in the game.

The next challenge they face comes from the Eagles, who play in Region 7-AA and are located near Rome.

“We had an opportunity to watch them open their season a few weeks ago and see them in person,” Hughes said. “From a game planning standpoint they play a different style of offense from what we’ve seen. While Cartersville is more of a spread offense, Coosa is more of an I formation where they run downhill, attacking and have an in-your-face offense.

“From a defensive standpoint, they are similar to Cartersville. This will be two weeks in a row where we’ve faced similar defenses. We believe we can build on what we’ve learned and the things that are working.”

He describes Coosa as “a very solid team. They play hard. We’re just looking for an opportunity to get on the field again. We feel in the second half against Cartersville our players showed something we can build on both offensive and defensively.”

The Eagles present a balanced offense that Hughes said “probably runs a little more than it passes.”

The coach expects to see some defensive improvement by the Colonels.

“We’ll continue to work on recognizing what our opponents are doing,” he said. “We’re still a young team that’s trying to learn on the fly. Every chance we have to see something different it will help us improve our football knowledge.”

Hughes said the Colonels also are looking forward to playing a regular-season game at Cass High.

“We’ll be fortunate enough to be home Friday night and play in front of our fans,” he said. “I was very appreciative of all our fans at Cartersville. We felt we had great support in the game, and our players are really appreciative.”

Hughes said he’s already seen some good things in the Colonels even though they didn’t get the result they wanted against Cartersville.

“We found out we’re not going to lay down for anyone,” Hughes said. “We had every opportunity to feel sorry for ourselves at halftime, but we got none of that.

“They were very attentive and came out and in their opening drive of the second half they played great. They kept the ball seven and a half minutes and drove down and scored. We knew we had something to build on then.”

He expects the Colonels to get better offensively as the season continues, too.

“We feel our quarterback played pretty well,” he said. “We had a few drops at inopportune times that hurt us but that’s part of football. We have some things to clean up.”

The coach said the Cass running attack should be a strength.

“We feel our running game is going to continue to get better,” he said. “Our line has one returning starter. They are learning to play with each other. It showed in how much more comfortable they were in the second half.”

The coach said one characteristic he expects to see throughout the year is how the team plays.

“We are going to continue to fight and play hard,” he said. “We want that to be our calling card. If we continue to do that, we’ll be in good shape.”

Coosa, which is 0-1 on the season, had five turnovers against Riverwood. It was 6-4, 4-3 in its region last year and is coached by Todd Wheeler.

Cass, 0-1, is playing its final non-region game of the season. It begins region play the following weekend against Forsyth Central, which it hosts.

Hughes said the Colonels are more concerned about lining up and playing than whether it’s a region foe on the other side of the ball.

“Anytime you play it’s a challenge and we’re excited,” Hughes said. “We see it as an opportunity to get better.”

Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.