Tigers best Woodland in scrimmage; Canes prep for season opener with scrimmage at Pepperell
The Adairsville Tigers won the first half of last Friday’s scrimmage with Woodland, 35-18, as both teams exhibited some nice offensive efforts.
Host Adairsville scored on the first play from scrimmage. Quarterback Jonathan Gough connected with Ethan Blome in the middle of the Woodland defense and Blome did the rest scampering 40 yards for a touchdown. Arthur LeFler added the PAT to give the Tigers a 7-0 lead.
Chris Roper added a 45-yard touchdown run that put Adairsville up 14-0.
Woodland answered with a 33-yard scoring run by Chase Carson, but the extra point failed leaving the score 14-6 with 2:49 remaining in the first quarter.
Adairsville marched back down the field with their own response.
The drive included a 20-yard run by Gough with the scoring play coming on a 15-yard pass from Gough to Connor Ray for a 21-6 lead with less than a minute remaining in the opening quarter.
The Tigers added another touchdown on their first possession of the second quarter. Gough made a nice option pitch to Roper for a 13-yard run and a 28-6 advantage.
Woodland followed with a long drive later in the period. Wildcats’ quarterback Brelace Williams connected with Jay Walker on a 42-yard pass play narrowing the margin to 28-12.
Adairsville responded with an 11-play drive that was finished off with a touchdown pass to Hayden Blalock sending the teams to the intermission with the Tigers up 35-12.
No score was kept in the second half, but “unofficially” Woodland scored in the third quarter on a touchdown run by Jay Walker. Adairsville’s Joseph Thorne added the only touchdown of the fourth quarter with a scoring jaunt.
Adairsville now prepares for the Tigers’ regular season opener August 26 at home against Cherokee Bluff. Woodland will host a second scrimmage Friday against Lassiter.
CANES TUNE UP FOR SEASON OPENER WITH SCRIMMAGES AGAINST NORTH MURRAY AND PEPPERELL
Cartersville head football coach Conor Foster viewed his team’s first scrimmage of the season as a successful night as the Hurricanes faced North Murray and Pepperell this past Friday night in Lindale.
The scrimmage was extended to 11 p.m. as storms moved through the area and created delays. “I thought we played well,” noted Foster. “Paul Gamble played really well and our offensive line did a good job. I thought that group imposed their will and were a highlight of the night. We started a little slowly on defense, but that group came on and ended up playing a good game.”
Foster liked the way his team improved throughout the night. “I thought we got better. I was pleased at the adjustments our players and coaches made.”
Cartersville now prepares for the Purple Hurricanes’ season opener at Cherokee August 19.