Three of the four local high school football programs had the opportunity to perform Friday night in scrimmages and each of the head coaches at those programs came away pleased with their respective team's performances.
Cartersville, the defending Class AAAA state champions, dominated last year's Class AAA champions Westminster at Weinman Stadium. The Canes took advantage of several early Westminster miscues and their offense put together some impressive drives to take a 45-7 halftime lead before the scrimmage scoreboard was shut off.
Cartersville scored three offensive and three defensive touchdowns in the first half with five different Canes reaching pay dirt.
Meanwhile, Adairsville and Woodland scrimmaged at Woodland High School.
The Tigers pieced together three scoring drives with both teams' starters on the field resulting in a pair of touchdowns and a field goal to take an early 16-0 lead.
After both teams turned to reserves, Woodland added a pair of scores and Adairsville one more for a 23-15 final on the scoreboard.
Next Friday, all three of these teams begin their regular season slates.
Cartersville will host the defending state champions from Class AAAAA, the Allatoona Buccaneers at Weinman Stadium. Adairsville travels to Ridgeland High School in Rossville to take on the 10th-ranked Panthers, and Woodland travels to Woodstock to challenge the Class AAAAAA River Ridge Knights.
The fourth local program, Cass, will scrimmage the Pepperell Dragons in Lindale next Friday night. The Colonels' season opener will be at Adairsville on August 26.
For more details on both local scrimmages Friday night and comments from the local coaches, please see the following:
See Jason Greenberg's story: 'Canes impress in scrimmage, beat 3A champ 59-7,' at The Daily Tribune News
See Andrew Houghton's story: Battle of the Cats: Tigers, Wildcats get together to kick off 2016 season with scrimmage,' at The Daily Tribune News