When it came to needing a touchdown no two players were better to call on than senior Cory Gardhigh and junior Marcus Ross. And by being such explosive offensive weapons, Gardhigh and Ross earned the 2004-05 Bulldog Offense Award.
During the 2004 season, Gardhigh piled up 737 receiving yards on 41 catches. The 6-foot-3 standout also rushed for 65 yards and passed for 29.
Ross, a speedy running back, ran for 760 yards and 10 touchdowns. Ross also tallied 204 receiving yards on 17 catches and scored twice.
Junior Jamie Ruark and sophomore Branson Dulaney earned the Bulldog Defense Award after putting together a stellar campaign on the defensive side of the ball. Ruark finished the year with 42 solo tackles, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. Dulaney, a defensive back, ended the year with 21 tackles and three interceptions.
The Bulldog Combination Award went to Derrick Adams and Steven Trammell. Adams, a junior, and Trammell, a senior, played both ways for the Bulldogs.
Cedartown awarded 15 seniors with a Senior Award plaque for participating, playing and doing all that was asked of them throughout the season. Those 15 seniors were: Gardhigh, Trammell, Jeff Sorrells, Jacob Kiser, Demetrius Dulaney, Dustin Perry, Colin Turner, Andrew Hutchins, Dustin Little, Colby Washington, Zach Taylor, Nick Wier, Cassius Ammons, Nat Tally and Jody Mullinax.
Also during the banquet, four players were awarded for making the first Rome News-Tribune All Area offensive team. Those players were Sorrells, Hutchins, Perry and Gardhigh.
Trammell and Ross were awarded for making the Rome News-Tribune All Area offensive second team while Ruark was honored for making the Rome News-Tribune All Area defensive second team. Branson Dulaney received an award for making the Rome News-Tribune All Area honorable mention squad.
Gardhigh, a Mississippi State University signee, was awarded for making the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Georgia Sports Writers Association All-State teams.
The Captain Awards were given to Gardhigh, Demetrius Dulaney, Perry, Sorrells and Trammell. All five players are seniors.
Taylor, a senior lineman, was awarded the Scholar Athlete Award. Taylor also received the Golden Helmet Award.
Special plaques were given to trainer Erin Johnston and Advance Rehab. Ronnie Baldwin received a special plaque of appreciation.
The Cedartown High School administration and office personnel along with WGAA Radio, Wallace’s BBQ, Charles Zebeau and Jerry Zebeau were all awarded special plaques for their contribution and help throughout the football season.