Cartersville’s defensive front was dominant and the offense scored on all but one possession in the first half as the Purple Hurricanes cruised to a 42-0 scrimmage victory Friday night at Woodland.
Trevor Lawrence found Terrius Callahan for an 11-yard touchdown pass less than 5 minutes into the game on Cartersville’s first drive for the opening score.
Tiamon Pennymon had a key rush on the opening drive and Lawrence converted a pair of third downs and a fourth down situation to keep the drive moving despite several early penalties. “That concerned me a little,” said Cartersville head coach Joey King. “We want to play as cleanly as possible without turnovers and without penalties, but we overcame a few early penalties and that’s one of the things we talk about with our guys. Penalties are going to happen, so that’s an important attribute.”
Sophomore Evan Williams scored on a 39-yard reverse for the Canes’ second touchdown.
A Lawrence to Auston Davis six-yard touchdown pass (7:58, 2Q) capped the next drive that included big Lawrence completions to Pennymon and Miller Forristall and made it 21-0.
Trey Creamer capped the next 56-yard scoring drive with a 10-yard run (4:16, 2Q) to make it 28-0 and Lawrence scampered 57 yards for a touchdown in the final minute of the half to make it 35-0.
Lawrence finished the half with over 250 yards passing (19 of 24) and two scores.
Dominique Williams scored on a 7-yard run in the third quarter that capped an 85-yard drive for the Canes final score. Antoine Jefferson had a long run and a key catch in the drive that made the final score 42-0.
Cartersville’s defense was dominant for much of the three quarters of varsity work and at one point forced five consecutive three-and-outs.
“That’s a really good and well coached football team,” said Woodland head coach Tony Plott. “Cartersville has great size and athleticism, we knew they were going to be tough, but we are still working on us. The kids are still playing hard. We will get better.”
Woodland’s offensive highlights included pass connections from Jarvis James to Brandon Allen and Grant Robinson to James as the Wildcats utilize a two-quarterback rotation.
Both teams utilized their younger players in the fourth quarter. Woodland will open the 2015 season at Adairsville on Thursday, August 27 with a 7:30pm kickoff. Cartersville opens the following night (Aug. 28) at Cass. That will also be a 7:30pm start. Bartow Sports Zone and AM1270 WYXC will have live broadcasts of both games starting with Renasant Bank Pre-Game Show coverage at 7:05pm.
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