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.