Greater Athens January 2022 - Page 13


Cross Roads BOBCATS

Cross Roads handles outlaw schedule with class in 2021

The future of the Cross Roads Bobcats is strong following a 5-4 season in 2021 .
Coach Daniel Pierce said the outlaw schedule helped the team grow in numbers and experience and is ready for the next chapter of the Bobcat program .
“ The season went well for us , were able to accomplish team goals and grow and build as a football team ,” Pierce said . “ As a team , we were able complete goals and grow in both numbers and experience and that will help us a great deal for the future .”
The Bobcats went 5-4 in their final season as an outlaw member . They went outlaw the past two seasons with the hopes of getting back into the University Interscholastic League .
“ The future looks very good for the team ,” Pierce said . “ We have some very good young players that got great experience at their new positions . The more experienced players were able to develop in new leadership roles . We look forward to building upon what the players are creating and continuing the program improvement .

Freshman quarterback Riley Brown was one of the standouts for the team this year as he finished with 1,086 yards passing with 16 touchdowns . He also added 804 yards rushing and six touchdowns .
On offense , another big player was senior fullback Zac Blain , who graded out with an 88-percent grade . He had 327 yards rushing to go with 18 receptions for 185 yards and five touchdowns .
When it comes to the Bobcats defense , they were led by junior defensive back Bub Latham with 16 pass breakups , five interceptions , 42 solo tackles and 36 assisted tackles . Defensive end Jaydon York was another player to watch as he finished with 17 tackles for loss , six sacks and 37 quarterback hurries . Pierce said the 2021 senior class dealt with a lot as they went through a COVID season , two years of outlaw schedule play and showed what Bobcat Nation is all about .
“ Every senior class has their special moments and attributes for the team ,” Pierce said . “ This season ’ s senior class had to deal with a few injury setbacks from the very start and few more pop up during the season . The seniors looked past all the adversity and helped lead the team to some successful games this season . They showed the team how to work hard to do their best to accomplish the team goals .
Pierce said he was proud of how his team put in the work during preseason , the regular season and every week on the football field in practice .
“ We learned that our team is willing to put in the necessary work to get better as a program ,” Pierce said . “ The team ’ s victories this season were not handed to them . The squad was able to see their own hard work pay off for them and now they can continue with that process .”