Behind Rett Moore’s three rushing touchdowns, the Cass Colonels started the 2018 season on the right foot by defeating the Adairsville Tigers 19-10.
Moore’s three rushing scores are certain to capture eyes in the following days, but big runs by Zay Jackson, Thomas Gilliam, and Malik Grimes helped set up the Cass quarterback inside the five-yard line for all three scores.
Adairsville had the first drive of the game and went 80 yards in seven plays that ended with a Malachi Gardner 31-yard touchdown reception from Derrick Simmons to give the Tigers an early 7-0 lead.
The Cass defense would stand tall and would not allow the Adairsville offense to score again until Chris Rodriguez hit a 38-yard field goal with time expiring. The Colonels had one interception in the first half from Nathan Grant but was unable to turn that into points. Luckily for the Colonels that would not matter this evening.
In between the Tigers scoring, Moore scored two rushing touchdowns, but the offense only came away with 12 points. Cass missed an extra-point attempt after the first score and was unsuccessful with a two-point conversion on the second score.
The Cass offense ran the ball to chew clock and eat yards to begin the second half, but a fumble recovered by Curtis Shankles looked to give Adairsville a chance to sway momentum. Unfortunately for the Tigers, Cass would get an interception from Grimes, who earned redemption after fumbling the drive before.
The only touchdown in the second half would be a short 1-yard run from Moore and keep the Tigers two possessions away for the remainder of the game.
Cass wins its season opener, while Adairsville drops to 1-1 on the season. Cass will travel to Forsyth Central next week, while Adairsville will have a bye week to prepare for Coahulla Creek on September 7th.