Hurricanes shutout Colonels, 41-0

Cartersville’s defense stifled Cass and forced six turnovers in both teams season opener Friday at Doug Cochran Stadium en route to an overwhelming 41-0 defeat of the Colonels.

There were lots of penalties on both sides and Cartersville turned the ball over a couple of times themselves, but it was the Hurricanes’ defense that remained in control throughout for the shutout.

The only scoring play of the first quarter came at 6:52 of the opening stanza on a 14 yard pass from Trevor Lawrence to Terrius Callahan. The extra point kick failed, but Cartersville held a 6-0 lead.

In the second period, Trase Fezzia, who finished the game with a pair of interceptions, picked off a Trevor Lowe pass and returned it 12 yards for a score. The first of Jonathan Cruz’s extra point kicks gave Cartersville 13-0 advantage.

Lawrence found Miller Forristal for a 17-yard touchdown pass less than three minutes later and those two connected for another score with 2:49 remaining in the half to go up 27-0. The second of those drives included a long run by Tiamon Pennymon and a 45-yard screen pass reception by Pennymon from Lawrence.

A Cass fumble at their own 25 set up another Lawrence to Callahan touchdown connection. This time it was a 20-yard touchdown pass with 1:36 left in the second quarter that gave Cartersville a 34-0 lead at the intermission.

The only scoring of the second half came late in the third quarter.

Xavier Coaxum returned his second interception of the game 61 yards to make it 41-0 with 2:19 remaining in the period.

James Darns finished with 63 yards on 11 carries for Cass.

Cass (0-1) plays at Coosa next Friday. Cartersville (1-0) hosts North Cobb at Weinman Stadium.

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