Ridgeland coach on Nick Chubb: ‘We don’t have anyone to catch him’

You can try, but it’s extremely difficult to replicate Nick Chubb in practice.
“If we had someone like him, he’d be starting,” said Ridgeland coach Mark Mariakis, who will lead his Panthers against Chubb and the Cedartown Bulldogs on Friday. “You can’t replicate the speed, the quickness and the power.”
The Panthers managed to contain Chubb somewhat in a 42-21 win over Cedartown last season. Chubb had roughly 120 yards, Cedartown coach Scott Hendrix said.
“We were really one-dimensional last season,” said Hendrix. “We couldn’t do much else except give it to Nick. We’re throwing the ball considerably better this season. I think we completed 20 percent of our passes last season. This year, we’re up to 50 percent, and overall have a better offense.”
That’s not good news for a banged-up Ridgeland team starting three freshmen and missing 11 key contributors, including defensive end/tight end Jermaine Conyers, who is out with a broken shin. The Panthers’ focus will remain on stopping Chubb, something Mariakis said required all 11 defenders last season.
“He’s just so strong, and if he ever gets a crease, we’re not going to have anyone who’s going to catch him,” Mariakis said.
Chubb has 13 touchdowns and more than 600 yards rushing.Byd

By David Purdum / For the AJC

You can try, but it’s extremely difficult to replicate Nick Chubb in practice.

“If we had someone like him, he’d be starting,” said Ridgeland coach Mark Mariakis with a chuckle. Mariakis will lead his Panthers against Chubb and the Cedartown Bulldogs on Friday. “You can’t replicate the speed, the quickness and the power.”

The Panthers managed to contain Chubb somewhat in a 42-21 win over Cedartown last season. Chubb had roughly 120 yards, Cedartown coach Scott Hendrix said.

“We were really one-dimensional last season,” said Hendrix. “We couldn’t do much else except give it to Nick. We’re throwing the ball considerably better this season. I think we completed 20 percent of our passes last season. This year, we’re up to 50 percent, and overall have a better offense.”

Hendrix points to the improvement of junior quarterback Harrison Barnett for the more-balanced offense.

That’s not good news for a banged-up Ridgeland team starting three freshmen and missing 11 key contributors, including defensive end/tight end Jermaine Conyers, who is out with a broken shin. The Panthers’ focus will remain on stopping Chubb, something Mariakis said required all 11 defenders last season.

“He’s just so strong, and if he ever gets a crease, we’re not going to have anyone who’s going to catch him,” Mariakis said.

Chubb has 13 touchdowns and more than 600 yards rushing. He is the only senior Division I recruit on Cedartown, according to Hendrix.

3 comments Add your comment

Trojan '85

September 17th, 2013
6:18 pm

I am really interested in seeing just how good Mr. Chubb is! See you in Cedartown Friday night!

Trojan94

September 18th, 2013
2:22 am

Trojan 85 nick should go over 1000 yards Friday. Wish the cedartown and carrollton played this year…maybe in the playoffs we’ll see

DawgFan

September 24th, 2013
11:06 am

I can say from watching both teams play this year that Carrollton is a solid solid team in all areas on the field.

Carrollton has a good tandem of backs and the QB is very good, but Nick Chubb is the best player on either of these teams by far.

Hoping for a playoff game with Carrollton. Cedartown and Carrollton had a great rivalry and some unbelievable games.

GO DAWGS