Cedartown’s 8-and-under team, which won the GRPA District 5 Championship, traveled to Americus to play last Saturday.
Competing in the state semifinals, the young Cedartown squad lost to Pierce County 18-6.
“I thought we came out and matched up size wise and speed wise with them,” head coach Quinton Dulaney said. “They broke a few early one’s in the first half. We were down 18-0 at halftime, but we did not allow them to get a first down in the second half.”
Cedartown’s lone touchdown came from Jayden Johnson, who ran it in for a score.
“We had great defensive plays by Corben Cuzzort, and a whole lot of other players,” Dulaney said. “Corben stepped up and played big.”
Dulaney said they had 27 rooms filled at the team hotel, showing how many people traveled to support the team.
“We had a great showing of support,” Dulaney said. “I want to tell everyone in town that we appreciate their support.”
Cedartown’s 12-and-under team, also the GRPA District 5 champions, played in the state tournament in Thomson.
That Cedartown team faced Thomson in the semifinals and lost 24-6.
“It was a good ball game,” recreation director Johnny Morris said. “It was 6-0 at halftime. We fell behind 12-0 and we score to cut it to 12-6, but then they ran the kick-off back to make it 18-6.”
Morris noted that Thomson scored a touchdown late to make the score look worse.
“At the very end they scored a cheap one,” Morris said.
The recreation director was proud of the team and their effort.
“I’m awful proud of them,” Morris said. “Our kids never quit, they kept fighting and clawing.”
Morris said the fan support was unbelievable.
“I couldn’t believe the crowd down there. We probably had anywhere between 100 to 200 people, and we had more people than Thomson and it was in Thomson,” Morris said. “I was real surprised with the crowd. Coach (Scott) Hendrix came down to watch them, I’m sure that tickled our kids to death to have the high school head football coach there supporting them.”