The question now is, will Rhodes play in two weeks when Dalton heads to face Calhoun? Or will the Dalton fans see more of Noland?
• No more slingin’: Radio announcers from Ringgold nicknamed the Tigers’ standout quarterback “Slingin’” Slade Dale.
Maybe he should be renamed “Slippery” or “Shifty,” because he didn’t do a whole lot of slingin’ Friday, but slipped and shifted his way to 225 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 35 carries.
Dale, who committed to play baseball at the University of Georgia, completed just 5 of 14 passes for 63 yards. He didn’t throw any touchdowns, and Dalton cornerback Jordon McKinney intercepted him twice.
To his credit, Dale was going against an experienced Dalton secondary and linebacker group. Mora (safety), Nathan Bryant (safety) and Chris Childs (cornerback) all started last season. At linebacker, Lyle Durham and Jay Rockholt also started last season, and Elijah Stidmon shared starter time with Devonte Davis, another returner at linebacker.
“That surprised us,” Land said. “We thought he’d be a little more effective throwing the ball, but our defensive secondary played outstanding. We’ve had a lot of missed time out of Eder and Nathan, but they got cohesive and played very well. Like I said, (Dale) has the ability to beat us with his arm or beat us with his legs. Since we took away his arm, he beat us with his legs.”