Christian Heritage School Lions

August 11, 2013

Prep football, A to Z

Bring on the bands, the fans and the rock-filled cans

A is for All-Area Player of the Year: Northwest Whitfield’s Isaiah Mack earned the recognition last year in his defensive tackle spot, and he returns for his senior season and a chance to garner back-to-back player of the year awards. But he’ll have some challengers from around the area, including Dalton defensive back Eder Mora, Southeast Whitfield athlete Rhett Harper and Christian Heritage quarterback Trevor Brown.

B is for Bragging Rights: There will be eight games between teams from Whitfield or Murray counties. The first is in the first week, when North Murray travels to face Southeast Whitfield Aug. 30. There’s also the three-team Sub-region 7B-4A round robin between Dalton, Northwest Whitfield and Southeast, with the Northwest Bruins hosting the Catamounts Oct. 11, traveling to face the Raiders Oct. 25 and then the Cats hosting the Raiders Nov. 1. Add in Murray County traveling to Coahulla Creek Aug. 30 then hosting Christian Heritage Sept. 6, Coahulla Creek hosting Christian Heritage Sept. 13 and North Murray hosting Coahulla Creek Nov. 1, and there’s a long list of bragging rights at stake.

C is for Calculator: And even that might not help you in figuring out the Georgia High School Association’s Class A power rankings. Even going into the final week of the regular season last year, many teams didn’t know exactly where they stood in regards to making the playoffs.

D is for Drug investigation: Last year, Cass defeated Dalton for the first time ever, beating the Catamounts at Harmon Field 35-7 behind the play of junior quarterback Brandon Etheridge, who rolled up 329 yards of total offense. He isn't likely to be a threat to the Cats or any of the Region 7-4A opponents Cass faces this year. Etheridge was charged in July with trafficking ecstasy, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and possession of a firearm during a felony violation of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act, according to the Cartersville Daily Tribune. In total, seven people were arrested, including Cass baseball pitcher Cade Williams, who was the winning pitcher over Northwest Whitfield in the region playoff series in the spring. Williams had signed to play baseball at LSU.

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    All they did was look at one another.

    July 18, 2014 2 Photos

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    For The Daily Citizen’s Southeastern 7-on-7 Championship, the Dalton community and local business leaders take care of the latter. The tournament officials work tirelessly to provide the organization. And the two combined assure the top competition will show up.

    July 6, 2014 1 Photo

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    When Northwest Whitfield repeated as the Georgia High School Association Class 4A softball state champion last fall, that appeared to be the last time the majority of the Lady Bruins’ senior class would be teammates on the diamond.
    Now, thanks to the Stump on Sports All-Star Softball Classic, five of those six seniors will reunite to play together one more time.

    June 18, 2014 1 Photo

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    As a freshman at Northwest Whitfield High School, Seth Pierce came out of nowhere and was as dominant a pitcher as the area had. Finishing his “rookie” season with the Bruins, the left-handed Pierce led the area with nine victories — he also had one save — and showed overpowering dominance with a 9-3 record and 89 strikeouts in 73 1/3 innings. He finished his first season on the hill in Tunnel Hill with a 1.71 ERA while allowing 61 hits and 23 walks. Those numbers were also recorded against competition in a higher classification as the Bruins were playing Class 4A ball when the state had just five classifications. His performance earned him honors as 2012 The Daily Citizen All-Area Baseball Player of the Year.

    May 25, 2014 1 Photo

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    May 14, 2014 1 Photo

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