But Head Coach Jeff Collier said there is nothing for the team to hang their heads about in losing to Class AAAA Dalton, 22-12.
“The results are not what we wanted, but I am proud of the effort we gave,” Collier said. “I am proud of the fact that all of the Dalton coaches and fans kept telling us after the game how good we looked and how much class we showed. That means a lot when a program like Dalton recognizes us for something like that.”
Dalton, which fielded their typical big and strong team, was just too much for the young Bulldogs.
“We could tell that those kids had been working hard in the weightroom,” Collier said. “They just whipped our tails in the trenches. Up front they just got it done and we worked hard to slow them down, but eventually that was the difference in the game.”
Collier also pointed out that his team had a lot of initial hits in the backfield but couldn’t bring down the runners for loss of yardage.
“We didn’t tackle well,” Collier said. “We made those hits in the backfield only to let them slip away. We tried to arm tackle and you can’t do that.”
On offense, Collier was proud of his team for scoring 12 points against a stout Dalton squad.
“Offensively, not too bad,” Collier said. “We got beat up front but fought hard and made a couple of big plays to stay in it. If we can make the proper reads and hit the hole hard, we will only continue to improve each week.”
Collier said next week the team will continue to work on fundamentals since they do not have a game. On Thursday, Sept. 18, Cedartown will host Long Cane Middle School from LaGrange in their first home game of the year.
“We have this week off to rest and then we will get ready for Long Cane,” Collier said. “This will be our first home game and it will be Homecoming. We need everyone to come out and support these kids as they work hard to represent Cedartown.”
After that game, CMS will play at home again on Sept. 25 against another LaGrange school, this time Gardner-Newman Middle School.