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Adairsville to host Hart County in first round of state playoffs
by Ericka Birdsong
ebirdsong@neighbornewspapers.com
November 15, 2012 05:46 PM | 1864 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Adairsville running back/safety Andrew Ward carries the ball downfield during practice at the north Bartow County school last week.
Adairsville running back/safety Andrew Ward carries the ball downfield during practice at the north Bartow County school last week.
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After defeating the Coahulla Creek Colts Friday, 49-7, the Adairsville Tigers are headed to the playoffs.

With Cartersville having the first seed locked in, the other three playoff spots were harder to determine as there were three teams at 4-2 and one at 3-3, all playing Friday.

“Any team on any Friday night can lose to anyone. However, if we are focused, we should be OK. If we get beat Friday, we probably don’t deserve to be in the playoffs,” said Adairsville head coach Jim Kremer prior to playing Coahulla Creek.

The Tigers were determined to make it to the playoffs this season. Going in as the second seed in 5-AAA, Adairsville will play its first playoff game on Friday, Nov. 16, as they host the Hart County Bulldogs.

As they prepare for the playoffs, the Tigers have some players who are leading the team statistically.

Prior to playing the Colts, quarterback Marcus Childress had 708 rushing yards with eight touchdowns along with 1,438 passing yards and 14 touchdown passes.

Tristan Smith has rushed for 735 yards and 13 touchdowns. Andrew Ward has added 324 rushing yards and a touchdown to the team as well.

Leading the team in receptions is Hiram Valez with 35 receptions for 550 yards and six touchdowns. Ward has caught 16 passes for 341 yards and three touchdowns. Kyle Adams has 14 receptions for 320 receiving yards and four touchdowns.

“It’s that time of year where you should be playing your best football …We must stay focused,” Kremer said.

Coming into this season, Kremer said he knew there would be some challenges for his team as they lost a number of seniors to graduation.

“Going into the year we knew we would have some growing pains. However, we were excited about our potential because many of these kids did letter and we had a bunch of success on last year’s JV team,” he said.

Even with the growing pains, the Tigers have done a good job adjusting to the younger squad, according to Kremer. While there could have been some areas to improve on, Kremer said the season is not the time to address those matters.

“You always look to do things to improve your program; however, that’s done in the offseason. Up to this point we have done all we can do to help provide a good experience for our players, so no regrets,” Kremer said.
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