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Football: Early turnovers doom Central in loss to Cass
Tyler Sherman
Forsyth Central's Tyler Sherman (24) gets set to tackle a Cass ball carrier on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019 in Cartersville. Photo courtesy Cartersville Daily Tribune News.

Cartersville Daily Tribune News

For the Forsyth County News

Stellar defense and opportunism on three crucial Forsyth Central fumbles allowed the Cass football team to win its home opener Friday night by a score of 15-7.

Cass scored all 15 of its points in the first 14 minutes of action, capitalizing on each of its first three offensive series, each coming after Central fumbles.

The first score came when, after the first Central fumble and a couple of Cass first downs, senior quarterback Logan Nelson hit Santino Jones for a big catch and run, spanning 50 yards.

The two-point try was no good, but Cass went ahead 6-0 midway through the first quarter.

The Bulldogs moved down inside the Cass red zone on its next drive, but again put the ball on the ground. Sophomore Mark Perdue picked it up and went 80 yards for Cass’ second score of the game. The two-point try was again no good, but Cass still led 12-0 entering the second quarter.

Keeping up with the theme of the game, the Bulldogs, this time inside their own 20-yard line, fumbled the ball again. Cass was unable to move the ball, but Kaleb Speights made sure the Colonels didn’t come up empty, as he hit a 31-yard field goal to make the score 15-0 early on in the second quarter.

Central was unable to take advantage of an interception of Nelson and punted on its final two possessions of the first half, leaving the halftime score at 15-0 in favor of the Colonels.

Neither team was able to sustain a drive on offense in the second half, with the Bulldogs blocking Speights’ attempt at a 38-yard field goal. The two teams then traded punts before Jones intercepted a Central pass near the end zone.

Central had more luck on its next possession, though, when Bronson Landreth completed a touchdown pass to Caydin Mowen with 3:31 left in the game to put the Bulldogs on the board and make it 15-7, still in favor of Cass.

After Cass recovered an ensuing onside kick but went three-and-out, Central had one last chance. However, a deep pass from Landreth was picked off by Jones, his second of the game, to end the threat and move Cass to 1-1 on the year, already matching the Colonels’ win total from a season ago.

The Bulldogs, meanwhile, move to 1-1 on the year and will travel to take on Denmark next week for their first in-county matchup of the year.