Gilmer became the first team to contain Cedartown super back Nick Chubb last week, holding the state’s leading rusher to 74 yards and 23 carries in a 38-0 shutout.
It was the first time that Chubb – who has nearly 2,500 yards in nine games – had been held to less than 116 yards or that Cedartown has been held to fewer than 21 points.
“We were able to get to him before he could really get going,’’ Gilmer head coach Wes Tankersley said.
The key defender was probably inside linebacker Jason Dover, who had seven solo tackles and seven assists. But it was a team effort. Gilmer had five tackles for losses.
Gilmer ran a 4-4 defense and kept all eight in the box and played man-to-man on Cedartown’s receivers. Gilmer had two fourth-down stops in the red zone tackled Chubb on a fake punt attempt at midfield.
‘’The players did a great job tackling and getting to him at the line of scrimmage,’’ Tankersley said. “We did a bunch of work during the week with our defensive personnel packages. When Cedartown went to Power I, we had certain personnel in the game. When they were in the I, we had certain personnel in the game to try and match up better.’’
Chubb’s game-by-game numbers remain unworldly. He’s run for 395, 393, 366, 359, 313, 244, 182, 116 and 74 in the best regular season for a rusher in state history.
Meanwhile, Gilmer has a bigger game Friday at Northwest Whitfield. The winner will qualify for the state playoffs.