Breaking News


September 21, 2013

Defensive scores a boost for Bruins in win vs. Cass

For Northwest Whitfield High School’s football team, Friday night’s win wasn’t attractive anywhere except on the scoreboard.

Despite a performance Bruins coach Josh Robinson simply called “ugly,” Northwest beat Cass 52-35 at Doug Cochran Stadium.

The Bruins (3-0) scored the first 31 points and never let the Colonels (2-2) within 17 the rest of the game. However, the Bruins committed five turnovers and allowed a potential rout to become a frustrating experience.

“It was the most miserable big lead I’ve ever had in my life,” Robinson said.

Northwest’s defense countered with six turnovers, however, and spent a lot of time celebrating in the Cass end zones.

Five of the takeaways were interceptions and Northwest defenders brought back three of those for touchdowns, starting with linebacker Blake Ownbey jumping a screen pass on Cass’ second possession. The extra point gave Northwest a 10-0 lead with 8:18 left in the first quarter. Tevin McDaniel intercepted a Trevor Lowe pass on the next possession.

The Bruins picked up their first offensive score when Jacob Webb’s 2-yard run gave them a 17-0 edge.

On the final play of the opening quarter, Tyler Clayton returned the Bruins’ third interception for a touchdown and 24-0 lead.

“The first quarter looked pretty good, right?” Robinson asked rhetorically.

The domination continued into the next period. Clayton had his second pick on the next possession and set up another Webb touchdown run. But ahead 31-0, something went wrong for Northwest.

“It doesn’t matter how big a lead is in the first half, it’s not over,” Robinson said. “It became a football game ... because we played stupid.”

Cass’ next possession ended in a 9-yard touchdown run by Keelyn Wilkey. Then Northwest quarterback Caleb Shiflett threw the second and third of his three interceptions on the next two Northwest possessions. That allowed Cass to take advantage of the short field to trim the lead to 31-14 on a Colin Rogers 8-yard scoring run with two minutes left before halftime.

The teams combined for nine first-half turnovers.

“Everyone thought we’d win,” said defensive end Caleb Bowie, who recovered a first-quarter fumble. “We just took our foot off the throttle.”

Andy Whisenant then had an 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and gave Northwest a 38-14 lead, but Cass’ Chaz Rokins scored on the ground from 42 yards right before the half ended.

“We played a lot of snaps on defense because we scored a lot on defense,” Robinson said.

The second half included fewer turnovers and less drama.

The Colonels’ first second-half possession ended when Jamon Horne intercepted another pass and returned it for another defensive score. Webb scored for a third time with 5:13 left in the third quarter and gave the Bruins a 52-21 lead.

“In the third quarter, I thought the defense did better,” Robinson said.

Webb had the best night of any Bruin on offense. He rushed 19 times for 102 yards.

Shiflett went 10-for-23 passing for 91 yards and Kyle Fleming rushed eight times for 51 yards.

The Northwest defense held Cass to 99 yards passing, and a good chunk of the 234 rushing yards came against the Bruins’ second string, which played the entire fourth quarter.

On the Colonels’ first possession, the Bruins defense forced them back 6 yards and Clay Phillips blocked a punt at the Cass 1. Northwest settled for a 20-yard field goal from Miguel Villa.

Text Only
  • NW at DHS baseball (g3) 12 mlh.jpg Bruins aim for 7-4A baseball crown at Cedartown

    Northwest Whitfield High School’s baseball team rode an emotional three-game roller coaster in last season’s Region 7-4A championship series on its way to the title.
    Can the Bruins do it again?

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Catamounts defeat Raiders for latest region soccer title

    For Dalton High School’s boys soccer team, the undefeated streak is now at 40 matches.
    For the Catamounts, the far more important number is 2.

    April 22, 2014

  • Prep roundup: Colts beat Mountaineers on PK’s

    Tuesday night was the third time in a row that the Coahulla Creek and North Murray high school boys soccer teams have faced each other and played to a scoreless tie through regulation and overtime.
    In the previous two meetings, North Murray won on penalty kicks.

    April 22, 2014

  • Region golf '14 1 mlh.jpg Prep golf: Dalton boys, NW’s Hayes will play on

    Northwest Whitfield High School junior Ethan Hayes didn’t get the medal he wanted, and Dalton’s boys didn’t get the finish they expected, on Tuesday in the Region 7-4A tournament at Nob North Golf Course.

    April 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • DaltonGirlsGolf.jpg Region 7-4A girls golf tournament: Lady Cats are champs again

    In both the Dalton High School sports family and her own, Carson Roberts wanted some bragging rights over older brother Jake Roberts this spring.
    She earned them Monday.

    April 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • Area prep roundup: Bruins claim third place in Region 7-4A soccer

    Northwest Whitfield High School’s boys soccer team might be growing up just in time for another deep run in the Class 4A state playoffs.

    April 22, 2014

  • Golf at NobNorth 2  mlh.jpg Chris Whitfield's 'A Look Ahead': DHS golfers aim for region titles

    This season, high school golf teams in Murray and Whitfield counties — with a few exceptions — have struggled to put up strong scores on the course. Beyond that, in some cases local schools don’t even have the required amount of golfers to register a team score at region tournaments, per Georgia High School Association rules, with hopes of making the sectional and state tournaments.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Area middle school roundup: Martinez comes through for Kodiaks

    Carlos Martinez scored twice to lead New Hope Middle School’s boys soccer team to a crucial 2-1 win over visiting Bagley on Wednesday.

    April 21, 2014

  • DHS at SE soccer 4 mlh.jpg Region 7-4A championship

    If recent history is any indication, this week’s Region 7-4A championship game may not be the last time the boys soccer teams at Dalton and Southeast Whitfield stand opposed to one another this season.

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • St Louis at Rampage 4 mlh.jpg No Attack for Rampage

    The Georgia Rampage’s offense didn’t do anything in the first half — evident by the scoreboard.
    By the time new quarterback Bart Gloyd stepped in, a comeback was out of reach.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo