Class AAAA: Cass surging in 7-AAAA

Many schools are at the halfway point of the regular season, and most are just getting to the thick of their region or sub-region schedules. With most of the non-region play completed, here’s a quick look around the classification and how the regions look at this point.

My vote for the best developing story in Class AAAA this year is in Cartersville, where long-time little brother Cass is looking all grown up in 2012. The Colonels, who skidded to an 0-10 record in 2011, are 4-1 after beating Dalton last week behind more than 300 yards of total offense from QB Brandon Etheridge in what has to be considered a signature win for the Bartow County team. Cass, which has finished above .500 three times since 1983.

It’s not that they’ve been abysmal all that time; 10 times in that span they’ve finished with either four or five wins. So with four halfway through the season, it would appear they’re cresting. And they have a chip in their collective shoulder.

“Go look in our locker room, and read what some fan on the Internet vent wrote about how this is just the same old Cass team that couldn’t play with the real teams,” coach Rick Casko told the Dalton Daily Citizen. “Our kids have been reading that all week. Our kids are for real, and they are going to continue to get better each week and believe. This is a great bunch of kids, and I can’t wait to see where this season will go.”

Region 1
All the teams in 1-AAAA are off this week. If style points mattered – and they don’t, but still – Americus-Sumter might need a win over a quality opponent. The opponents in the Panthers’ four wins have a combined record of 5-12. all off this week. Through that prism, their 4-1 record leaves questions to be answered. The team they are tied with for first place, Cairo, has two non-region losses to good AAAAA programs, Bainbridge and Thomas County Central.

Region 2
Mary Persons has allowed nine points in the past three games, and the Bulldogs under new head coach Brian Nelson get a chance for a statement win this week against Westside-Macon.

Region 3
Three teams looking strong in 3-AAAA Division A. Liberty County and Statesboro are both 4-1 and Wayne County is 2-2-1, with close losses to AAAAA Glynn Academy and Brunswick. The Yellow Jackets have outscored their last two opponents 105-30 and visit Burke County Friday in a game that could work as a measuring stick for several teams in the region, notably Statesboro, which lost to the Bears two weeks ago in what some considered a preview of the region championship game.

Region 4
While none of the teams in Division A have played a sub-region game, Stockbridge, Locust Grove and Dutchtown look to have separated themselves. All three are 4-1, but Stockbridge has the most impressive win, a 17-14 triumph over Griffin last week in which the Tigers left 13 points on the field and compiled more than 400 offensive yards. By comparison, Dutchtown played Griffin close for a half before things went wrong. Locust Grove, meanwhile, has won four straight since a season-opening loss to AAAAA Union Grove.

Region 5
By pedigree, 5-AAAA looked like one of the deepest regions in the classification before the season. It may still be, but aside from Sandy Creek, the records aren’t pretty; the Patriots are the only team above .500. Carrollton is 2-2 and is banking on tough games early against Oxford (Ala.) and Calhoun paying dividends late.

Region 6
By record right now, 6-AAAA looks like the deepest region, with three 4-0 teams and three others at 3-1. So somebody looking strong right now is going to get left out of the state playoffs.

6 comments Add your comment


October 2nd, 2012
12:37 am

Sandy Creek could play with any other school, not only in Georgia,, but in the nation. The Comp rankings have them No 6 in the state, however on the field, they really are no 1.


October 2nd, 2012
3:27 am

Those early games have payed dividends these kids are learning what it takes to win on Friday nights. To carrollton’s credit those two losses were to two highly ranked teams who both needed come from behind comebacks to win carrollton could’ve easily been undefeated at this point. But this is a young team needing to know how to close out games. We will be ready by playoff time GO TROJANS!

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October 2nd, 2012
9:09 am

We are a part of Region 6 and things should begin to shake out this week. With 5 players on the all state watch list and a serious running game. The Panthers are poised to make a serious run. Let’s go Panthers!!!


October 2nd, 2012
4:07 pm

It is really disappointing to see how far Dalton High Football has fallen, You get what you pay for. I’m sure matt Land is a fine and upstaning person but as the head coach of a once prestigous program like Dalton, he is simply out classesed by his competition. His pee-wee league offense and porus defense is not going to get it in that region, Even the Cass coach said Dalton does not do a lot on offense. And that is true. They are so predictable. I hate to see the offensive coordinator (Bill Napier) used as a puppet but that is not his offense out there. At Murray County he would beat you to death on offense and you had to cover the whole field against him. The Dalton QB club and the athletic dept. better wise up and don’t worry about hurting feeling if they ever hope to return to the glory days. If not, then the teams they watch in late November and December will not be Dalton. So they might as well get use to the new tradition, LOSING


October 3rd, 2012
9:54 am

Aren’t there 8 Regions in AAAA?


October 5th, 2012
11:20 pm

Better write another story about Cass….Pickens Dragons burned the Colonels 28-26. It was a sloppy game with several turnovers but the Pickens D picked off a Colonel pass at the 1 yard line with 1.4 seconds to go for the victory!!