Cartersville 52, LaGrange 7
Canes’ junior quarterback, Trevor Lawrence ran for three touchdowns and passed for four scores as Cartersville cruised to its 22nd consecutive win, 52-7 over visiting LaGrange.
Lawrence (18 for 27, 234 yards, one interception) had a pair of touchdown tosses to Avery Showell (16 and 4 yards), one to T.J. Horton (25 yards), and another to E.J. Turner. Turner finished with five catches for 78 yards. The three rushing scores by Lawrence included a nice 42-yard jaunt plus runs of 4 and 7 yards.
Trey Creamer, who carried eight times for 95 yards and had eight catches for 123 yards, added the other Canes touchdown on a 49-yard screen pass.
Jonathan Cruz kicked a 27-yard field goal that put Cartersville ahead 45-7 at the time.
LaGrange posted their only score of the night on an 80-yard drive in the first quarter to cut the Canes' lead to 14-7. A roughing the passer penalty and a pass interference call that went against Cartersville aided the Grangers' drive.
The Grangers fall to 2-5 overall and 1-2 in region play with the loss.
Cartersville (7-0, 3-0 in 5-AAAA) travels to Sandy Creek (4-2, 1-1) next Friday at 7:30pm.
Calhoun 29, Adairsville 3
Calhoun’s Baylon Spector scored on a 59-yard touchdown run in the opening minutes and the Yellow Jackets did not look back on their way to a Region 6-AAA South win.
Calhoun has now defeated Adairsville 12 straight times to take an 18-9 advantage in the all-time series between the two rivals.
Calhoun added a 42-yard field goal and another Spector touchdown run of nine yards to grab a 16-0 lead before Adairsville’s Josh Honea got the Tigers on the board with a 47-yard field goal.
The Adairsville field goal was set up by a blocked Calhoun punt. The Tigers started that drive at the Jackets' 36 yard line.
The Jackets expanded their lead to 22-3 at the intermission with a 30-yard touchdown pass from Gavin Gray to Bryson Davis. Gray finished the night 14-for-19 for 158 yards and at one point connected on nine consecutive throws.
Spector, in Calhoun's two-quarterback system, finished with 142 yards on 12 carries and two TDs.
Adairsville senior quarterback, Roger Redd (photo), was 16-for-28 for 154 yards as Adairsville rolled up 249 total yards. Calhoun's defense came up with some big stops, however, once the Tigers pushed the ball into plus territory.
Tigers' running back Christian Steele was the Tigers’ leading ground gainer with 51 yards on 11 carries.
Calhoun (6-2, 2-0) closed out the scoring on a 14-yard run by Zach Fuller in the third period.
Adairsville (2-4, 0-1) will entertain Sonoraville (5-2, 2-0) in another Region 6-AAA South sub-region matchup next Friday at 7:30pm.
East Paulding 24, Cass 9
Costly miscues by the Colonels’ offense and big plays against their defense doomed Cass at East Paulding.
A botched opening kickoff return forced the Colonels to punt from the back line of their own end zone and set up the Raiders first scoring drive that covered 41 yards in six plays.
Raiders’ quarterback, Dylan Prater connected with Jet Trout on a fourth-and-ten play for a 30-yard throw, catch, and run that gave East Paulding an early 7-0 lead.
Devlin Dolph added an East Paulding 30-yard field goal early in the second quarter that gave the Raiders a 10-0 lead they took to the intermission.
A muffed long snap by the Raiders on a punt led to a forced fumble by Chance Scrutchins and a 25-yard scoop and score by the Colonels’ Dominic Outten with 8:12 remaining in the third quarter. A personal foul on Cass after the score, however, caused the ensuing PAT to be kicked from almost 35 yards. Anthony Robledo missed wide left leaving the Cass deficit at 10-6.
Less than a minute later, Tyrell Robinson broke free for an 84-yard touchdown scamper that put East Paulding up 17-6.
Cass then drove inside the red zone early in the fourth quarter, but a Brett Gaddy pass was picked off by Orion Weems of the Raiders just outside the goal line to thwart a Colonels’ scoring opportunity.
Robledo was true on a 40-yard field goal with 6:00 remaining in the game to make it a one-score game at 17-9, but Prater out ran the Colonels’ defense less than three minutes later on an 83-yard gallop to seal the 24-9 win for the Raiders.
The win was the first of the year for East Paulding after dropping their first five games. They improved to 1-3 in Region 7-AAAAA.
Cass (3-3, 2-2) will host Rome (4-2, 3-1) next Friday at Cochran Stadium in a 7:30pm kickoff.
Paulding County 35, Woodland 21
A blocked punt set up Paulding County’s first scoring opportunity. It led to a 5-yard touchdown pass from Brantley Mauldin to Tyron Summerour and a 7-0 advantage.
Bryson Kellett of Woodland scored on a 35-yard pass play from Brody Williams and Titus Jones scored on a two-point conversion run to give Woodland an 8-7 lead.
Paulding scored in the waining seconds of the first quarter to regain the lead 14-8, however, on a bit of a trick play. They faked a wide receiver pass and then lateraled the ball to Marquis Tre’von Lewis. He took it 45 yards for the Paulding County score.
Woodland answered with a lengthy, 14-play drive that included a pair of fourth down conversions. Chris Mills finished off the drive by punching in a two-yard run that put the Wildcats ahead again, 15-14.
The Patriots scored two more times before the half including a two-yard run that made the score at the break, 28-15.
Woodland quarterback, Brody Williams, found Titus Jones for a 40-yard touchdown pass midway through the fourth quarter to narrow the margin to 28-21 after a failed PAT.
The Patriots managed to close out the game in latter stages of the fourth quarter with a lengthy drive and a score on a five-yard run, for their 14-point victory.
Woodland (0-7, 0-5 in Region 7-AAAAA) hosts East Paulding (1-5, 1-3) next Friday at 7:30pm.