Cartersville senior quarterback Trevor Lawrence became the career passing yardage leader in Georgia Friday night as the Purple Hurricanes won for the 39th straight time and defeated visiting Chapel Hill, 62-0.
Lawrence, who needed only 105 yards to set the new mark, surpassed the career passing yardage mark of Deshaun Watson (Gainesville High School, Clemson University, Houston Texans) in the first quarter.
Lawrence had touchdown passes to Rico Frye and E.J. Turner in the first quarter that sandwiched a two-yard touchdown run by Terry Berdin. The pass to Turner was the record-breaker and the game was stopped briefly to recognize the accomplishment in front of the large Hurricanes’ Senior Night home crowd.
Rico Frye had second quarter touchdown runs of 59 yards and 71 yards, while Lawrence connected on additional touchdown passes to J’Kobe Orr and Turner for a 49-0 halftime lead.
Kaleb Chatmon scored on a 10-yard run in the third quarter and Canes’ freshman Harrison Allen added a 26-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter for a 62-0 final score.
Lawrence finished the night with a 17-for-23 performance for 283 passing yards and four touchdowns. That leaves the Clemson commit only one touchdown shy of tying Watson’s career record for touchdown passes.
Cartersville is now one win away from a third consecutive undefeated regular season and a sixth consecutive region championship. The Canes' senior class is now 51-2 along with their head coach Joey King who is in his fourth season at Cartersville.
Frye finished with 170 yards rushing, two receptions for 60 yards, and three scores.
Orr caught three passes for 110 yards and one score. Turner had four receptions for 52 yards and a pair of scores. T.J. Horton made six catches for 48 yards.
Chapel Hill falls to 5-3 overall and 2-2 with the loss.
Cartersville (9-0, 5-0) is idle next Friday before wrapping up the regular season November 3 at Troup County.
PAULDING COUNTY 38, CASS 20
Paulding County quarterback Brantley Mauldin tossed five touchdown passes and had the Patriots up 31-7 over Cass at halftime Friday night on their way to an 18-point Region 7-AAAAA victory in Dallas.
The win keeps Paulding County in contention for a state playoff berth with two region games remaining. The Patriots (4-4, 4-2) play at Carrollton next week and host East Paulding November 3.
Cass junior quarterback Rett Moore threw three touchdown passes, including two in the fourth quarter. Tavares Varnum had a 7-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter. Evan Hinton had a 26-yard touchdown reception and Cameron Gonyea caught a 19-yard strike.
Moore finished 7-for-14 with 167 yards in the loss.
Cass (0-8, 0-6) hosts Villa Rica next Friday.
BREMEN 31, ADAIRSVILLE 13
The Adairsville Tigers led 7th-ranked and undefeated Bremen 13-3 late in the second quarter Friday night, but the visiting Blue Devils rallied for 28 unanswered points over the game’s final 27 minutes to win 31-13.
Bremen quarterback Wade Cartwright ran for one touchdown and threw for two more to help lead the Blue Devils to a come-from-behind victory.
Cartwright scored on a one-yard run with only 1:25 remaining in the first half to narrow Adairsville’s lead to 13-10 at halftime. He then added touchdown passes of 15 yards to Ben Barrow and 39 yards to Jordan Millelo in the second half.
The toss to Mellelo gave Bremen a 24-13 lead with 11:13 remaining in the game and was immediately followed by a successful pooch-kickoff that was recovered by the Blue Devils at the Adairsville 28-yard line.
On the next play, Bremen running back Tyran Dobbs raced 28 yards for a touchdown that effectively put the game away. The Tigers never recovered from yielding 14 points in a 10 second span.
Dobbs rushed for 272 yards on 39 carries in the game and his 74 yard run just before halftime set up Carwright’s short TD run.
Mason Boswell had the only Adairsville touchdown on a one-yard run with 1:44 remaining in the first quarter. His score gave the Tigers a 10-3 lead after Josh Honea added the PAT. Honea also had a 38-yard field goal in the first quarter that put Adairsville up 3-0 and a 28-yard field goal in the second quarter that put the Tigers ahead 13-3.
Evan Fuller, who made each of Bremen’s PAT kicks, tied the game 3-3 in the first quarter with a 35-yard field goal.
Adairsville (4-4, 1-2) travels to Haralson County next Friday for their final sub-region game and will play at a yet-to-be-determined Region 6-AAA-North opponent on November 3 for a spot in the Class AAA state playoffs.