Tevin McDaniel was a busy man in the first quarter.
The rest of the game, not so much.
The speedy Northwest Whitfield High School senior scored four touchdowns in the opening period as his team raced to a 35-0 lead less than 12 minutes into the game en route to a 49-7 victory over Heritage-Catoosa at Jeff Sims Field.
The Bruins remained undefeated five games into the season and started Sub-region 7B-4A play the right way. The Generals (0-5, 0-1) lost their 15th straight and still haven’t won since the 2011 season.
“That’s what we wanted to do, get out to a fast start,” said McDaniel, who like most of the starters rested during the second half. “I just went out there and played the way I’m supposed to play.”
And play McDaniels did. During his electric first quarter, he had a 66-yard touchdown reception, a 32-yard interception return for a score and two more touchdown catches from 1 yard out and 21 yards out.
Sprinkle in two more first-half touchdown passes from quarterback Caleb Shiflett (6 yards to wide receiver Andy Whisenant and 10 yards to wide receiver Clay Phillips), a 10-yard scoring run by running back Jacob Webb and seven extra points, and the game was decided by halftime.
But it wasn’t all offense. Northwest’s defense held the Generals’ offense to 14 total yards in the first quarter and 51 yards in the first half.
Northwest’s junior varsity squad played parts of the second quarter and all of the third quarter, while the freshman team played the fourth quarter. A running clock was used the entire second half.
“We want to come out and perform the best we can no matter who it is,” Northwest coach Josh Robinson said. “I think they got better in the first half, and that’s something to build on.”
Towards the end of the game, Northwest players celebrated the win by writing on a white marker board, “Northwest 5-0,” and foreshadowed next Friday night’s showdown in Tunnel Hill against the Dalton Catamounts with the message “Dalton is next.”
Not only is that game an intense, intracounty rivalry game, it also is important in the standings as a sub-region game.
“You can use all the clichés, and I’m sure people will say, ‘Ah, it’s just another game,’ but it’s fun,” Robinson said. “It really is a good opportunity for our guys to get out in front of a lot of people, the community is going to be talking about it and it’s a great opportunity.
“It’s fun. I wish every week was high school football like Northwest and Dalton. I don’t think we need to worry about focus. These guys know what we want out of them.”
McDaniel knows the atmosphere at Bruin Stadium will be wild, as will the run-up to the game. His cousin, Chris Childs, plays for Dalton.
He’s sure there will be some good-natured ribbing during the week.
“It’s going to be crazy,” McDaniel said.
Northwest had a scare before the game as backup lineman/linebacker Hank Miller had an allergic reaction and was attended to by paramedics. He did not play, but was OK.
Defensive lineman Cameron Atkins, who played for the first time since tearing his ACL in the first game of the season, reinjured his knee and “unfortunately, I think it’s over for him,” Robinson said.
Northwest Whitfield cruises to 5-0 against Heritage
Tevin McDaniel was a busy man in the first quarter.
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Bringing in the best
When high school football coaches look for events to take their teams to during the summer, they are looking for three things — top competition, organization and hospitality.
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.
In the lineup again
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.
Junior golf: Hicks able to hang for final round
Despite giving up a few strokes from Monday’s opening round of 4-over-par 76, Dalton’s Landon Hicks was the only local competitor to advance to the third round of the Georgia Junior Championships.
All-Area Spring Female Team: Salinas hoping things keep getting better and better with age
Isabel Salinas’ freshman season for Southeast Whitfield High School’s track and field team wasn’t up to her standards, and she really isn’t sure why it ended up that way in 2013. It could have been her injuries. It could have been not being in proper shape.
One thing Salinas, nicknamed “Izzy” by friends and coaches, does know is that her sophomore year went a lot better.
All-Area Baseball Team and Player of the Year
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.
NW to continue established offense with new OC Brown
There may not be anyone better than Greg Brown to continue the Northwest Whitfield football team’s fast-paced, fifth-gear style.
Greg Brown, the girls basketball team’s head coach, will be Northwest’s offensive coordinator for the 2014 season after Crane accepted the Greenville (S.C.) High head coach position earlier this week. Brown has been an assistant football coach at Northwest for five of the past six seasons.
Dalton girls finish second in Class 4A
In the Class 4A girls state golf tournament last year, the Dalton High School team finished third at Nob North Golf Course. Monday, playing in the state championship at Waynesboro Country Club, the Lady Catamounts finished second by just two strokes.
“There is just one more place left to win,” Dalton coach Nancy Hallsworth said. “They have the time ahead of them to do it.”
Good day sends Dalton boys to state golf tourney
With a spot in the Class 4A state tournament on the line, Dalton High School’s golf team put together one of its best rounds this season on a course coach Hunter Johnston said was as demanding as any the Catamounts had played this year.
Sectionals for sisters
TUNNEL HILL — When you consider all of the hours of practice, all of the years of gymnastics training and the physical demands of being a cheerleader, the last word you would expect to hear an athlete use to describe herself is “lazy.”
Whatever it takes
Northwest Whitfield High School’s baseball team has been successful this season. But at the same time, no one said success would be easy.
Several times this year, the Bruins have fallen behind early in the first few innings before answering with a rally to ensure the wins keep coming. On Friday, that formula delivered a Sub-region 7B-4A championship for the second year in a row.
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