This past offseason brought several changes to Bartow County athletics, highlighted by different programs changing classifications. Cartersville moved up to Class 4A while Cass moved up to Class 5A due to the state’s reclassification. Woodland and Adairsville stayed in their respective classes but saw changes to their region members.
Cartersville enters its first season since 1995 without Frank Barden as the head coach. The Purple Hurricanes hired former Carrollton assistant coach Joey King this offseason to take over a squad which won 11 contests, a region championship and a playoff game last season.
Cass also welcomes a new head coach to its program, promoting former defensive coordinator Bobby Hughes to the top position. Hughes has been with the program for three seasons and looks to improve the Colonels who had a four-win campaign last year.
Adairsville won seven contests last season and made the postseason for the third consecutive year. The Tigers return top veterans at key positions and look poised for another potential trip to the playoffs.
Woodland had a difficult start to its 2013 campaign, losing the first six contests. However, the Wildcats rebounded with four consecutive victories to close out the season. They enter 2014 with momentum and hope to make the playoffs for only the second time in program history.
The talk is over; everyone is undefeated and still has a chance to make their championship dreams come true. It’s time for some football!