BACK ON THE RISE
Cedartown was a state powerhouse in the late 1990s and the first
of the new millennium, winning four region titles from 1995 to 2000
and nearly winning the state championship in 2001. The program took
a dip after that, bottoming out by losing all 10 games in 2006.
Scott Hendrix has re-established order.
The head coach arrived in 2010 and won nine games last season,
the most in a single season since 2002.
With everything trending up in a positive manner, look for the
Bulldogs to once again compete for the region. Followers of the
program have learned not to take winning for granted. But everybody in Cedartown knows what a winner looks like.
BUCKET LIST ITEM: DUB’S HIGH ON THE HOG
Calhoun may be the home of Hal Lamb’s Yellow Jackets, but it’s
got some secrets, too.
Mainly barbecue. Dub’s High on the Hog may be the best kept
secret in town. Actually, let’s take that back. It’s not even the best
kept secret on South Wall Street. It’s only open for dinner two days
a week. Heck, it doesn’t even have a sign. However, it’s no mystery
the place is still hop-ping.
REVERED RIVALRY: ELBERT COUNTY-HART
Elbert County and Hart County have been playing each other for
as long as the Georgia High School Football Historians Association
goes back — 1954. Elbert County won that one 33-6. The Bulldogs
got revenge five years later, a 6-0 win to get things moving in a
back-and-forth manner. The teams have been trading wins, losses
and memories ever since.
The last five seasons have been increasingly competitive, culminating in last season’s razor-thin victory in the Blue Devils favor.
Here’s the recent history:
2013: Elbert County 23-21
2012: Hart County 6-0
2011: Elbert County 29-7
2010: Elbert County 23-16
2009: Hart County 26-14
With the region on the line, playoff seeding is directly affected.
But this rivalry transcends that — there’s decades of history between the two schools.
CAN’T MISS OUT-OF-CONFERENCE CONTEST
Callaway is a program on the rise. LaGrange is steeped in tradition.
But none of that matters once the ball is kicked off on Aug. 22.
The new school and the old school will clash at Callaway Field to
officially start the season for both teams.
Callaway has one of the most exciting players in the state in
Terry Godwin. LaGrange is trying to regain it’s status as a state
power in Coach Dialleo Burks first season in charge.
Callaway is seeking it’s first-ever state title. With Godwin making
plays on both sides of the ball, this might be the best shot. Meanwhile
LaGrange, winners of 11 state titles, is searching for it’s status. It’s
been since 2004 — now a decade — since the Grangers took the crown.
It’s 5A versus 3A — and anybody within driving distance will be
making arraignments to see it in person.
TOP 10 TEAMS
1. Washington County
3. Blessed Trinity
6. Elbert County
7. Appling County
9. Pierce County
10. Peach County
PROGRAM TO WATCH:
PLAYER TO WATCH:
QB A.J. Gray, Washington County
BEST FRIDAY NIGHT
Anderson Stadium, Peach County
QB A.J. Gray Washington County
QB Mecole Hardman Elbert County
RB Nicholas Searcy Peach County
RB Josh Jackson Westminster
WR Jacob Barnes Central
WR Terry Godwin Callaway
OL Ken Allen Elbert County
OL Britt Helton Washington County
OL Ben Truett Cedartown
ATH Joe Comer Cedar Grove
DL Logan Hunt Washington County
DL Zach Morris Ringgold
LB Will Coneway Washington County
LB Tradd Porter Jefferson
LB Josh Gaines Hart County
LB Pat Jasinski Blessed Trinity
DB Sean Harper Hart County
DB Dushad Morris Johnson
DB Jakell Green Elbert County
ATH Keyshawn Lowe Peach County
Coach Scott Hendrix has restored Cedartown as a top team in Class 3A.
PHOTO BY DEAN LEGGE