November 16, 2012

Chris Whitfield: Will the real Cats please stand up?



But only on one condition.

All season long, Dalton has been the most manic depressive football team I have ever seen. In fact, that’s so true that the Cats might want to consider change their theme song from something by Ted Nugent to a certain Jimi Hendrix tune.

One week, they are stride for stride with one of the best teams in the state, Calhoun. The next week, they’re getting blown out by a Cass team that has never beaten them before.

Which team shows up this week? Is it the team that totally dominated Pickens in last week’s Region 7-4A crossover game, or is it the team that needed a late rally to beat Southeast Whitfield?

Who are you, Dalton?

The Cats have won five straight games since starting the season 2-3, while Carver is coming off of its first loss of the season, and it was a doozie as Marist piled up the points for a 42-14 humiliation of the Panthers. Carver is 9-1, but if you look a little deeper, those numbers become less impressive.

The Panthers only had two wins this season — Washington and Grady — against teams with a winning record. Everyone else on their schedule was mediocre at best. This is not a powerful team. They are quick and have a great running attack, but what does Dalton’s defense do better than anything else? Stop the run.

The Cats will be “out-athleted” tonight, but that is usually the case nowadays. Schemes and defensive play will win this. If Dalton gets a couple of early breaks with turnovers and quick scores, it wins. If Carver gets the early lead, its confidence level shoots through the roof and the athletes win going away.

So, which team are you, Cats?

Prove me wrong.

Whit’s Pick: Carver 35, Dalton 14

Other picks: Ridgeland 28, Washington 7; Grady 21, River Ridge 20; Marist 41, Gilmer 21; Calhoun 38, Wesleyan 14; Carters-ville 42, Jackson County 8; North Oconee 21, Ringgold 19.

Chris Whitfield is a sports writer for The Daily Citizen. You can write to him at

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