By GENE ESPY
The Chattooga Indians will play a scrimmage game at Cedartown against the AAAA Bulldogs at 7:30 p.m..
The Bulldogs play in Region 5AAAA. Doyle Kelley is the head coach. They ended the season last year 5-6, losing to St. Pius X Catholic 38-6 in the playoffs.
“I don’t know how many four and five star D-1 players they have at tailback, receivers and up front,” Coach Hammon said. “They are very good.”
He said that Cedartown came to Chattooga last year and beat the Indians 14-0 and the coaches felt good about slowing them down.
“We feel good about ourselves and the changes that we made over the summer,” Coach Hammon added. “That will be a big test and allow us to improve us.”
He said that it was good for the players to be able to hit someone other than themselves and get ready for the regular season next week.
“It is time for football,” Coach Hammon said. “Since I have been here, we haven’t looked like a million dollars at the beginning of the season and a lot of that is being in Class AA. We have to make sure we get the right kids in the right spot and we play real good at the end of every year.”
We are probably 40 percent on winning scrimmages, he added.
“We want to win in everything we do but I want to get every kid evaluated,” he continued. “It is time for me to see if a kid plays like he practices, see if we can cover kickoffs, protect on punts, see if we have a backup that can do that, we need to see if we have another kid that can spell us some. “The scrimmage for us is just a preparatory game for the season and we use it for that.”
He said that they have tried to play high-quality competition since he has been at Chattooga.
“We are not stepping into it just to beat them 40 points,” he added. “We need to know where we are at.”
He said playing Cedartown really helps them if they can stay close, win, tie and get some good things out of it will help them prepare for Adairsville next week.
“It is another practice to evaluate our kids and get ready for the season and that is the way we look at it,” Coach Hammon said.
By GENE ESPY