Colonels prepare for talented Rome team

Cass football is very aware of what it will be up against Friday night when it takes on Rome on the road.

“[They are] extremely talented everywhere,” head coach Bobby Hughes said. “There is not a weakness. Their starting lineup is littered with Division-I players.”

Holding an 18-game win streak, the reigning Class 5A champion Wolves enter this game undefeated, a refraction of Cass, who, despite remaining competitive in most of its games this year, is winless in all six.

Rome has wins this year over Kell and a Justin Fields-led Harrison team, and is ranked No. 1 in most of the Class 5A state rankings.

The defining characteristic of the Wolves is their defensive front, which features four D-I D-linemen. It starts with defensive end Adam Anderson, a 2016 AJC Super 11 player with offers from almost every major school around the South. Anderson sits at 6-foot-4, 214 pounds, and is a matchup nightmare for offenses. That is multiplied given who he lines up next two. T.J. Cammack is a Navy commit. Jamarcus Chatman, a three-star defensive tackle, is a Tennessee commit. But the player that stands out most to Hughes is Ja’Quon

Griffin, a 6-foot, 260-pound LSU commit.

“[He] is the straw that makes them go,” Hughes said. “We’re going to have to be solid in our run game.”

On offense, the Wolves feature a talented backfield of Jalynn Sykes and Jamious Griffin. Sykes, a senior, is listed as a 3-star by 247Sports and has offers from several major college programs, including Michigan State, Ole Miss and Tennessee, with other schools in the mix. Griffin, a junior, has offers from Ole Miss, South Carolina, North Carolina State and Cincinatti, among others.

Handing the ball off to the two is Knox Kadum, a talented junior quarterback who has drawn some interest from Alabama and Georgia. Hughes pointed to Kadum’s ability on the read option as a big focal point for his defense as it tries to focus in on the Rome tailbacks.

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