Canes take down Bucs; Adairsville, Woodland lose road openers
CARTERSVILLE 30, ALLATOONA 14 Cartersville built an early 21-0 lead and then held off the Bucs for the Canes' 16th straight win. Cartersville’s five-star junior quarterback Trevor Lawrence opened his junior season with a 46-yard touchdown pass to E.J. Turner on the fourth play of the game and added a 36-yard touchdown pass to Avery Showell later in the quarter. Wake Forest commit Showell recorded four sacks, one for a safety, along with 10 tackles, a fumble recovery and two receptions for 58 yards and a touchdown on offense. The Bucs got on the board with a Tate Tatum touchdown pass to Jacob Perry before the half and opened the third quarter with a Keeton Bowen 4-yard touchdown run that was set up by a 76-yard carry by Charles Anderson to narrow the margin to 21-14. Lawrence added a 12-yard touchdown pass to Turner and Showell made a tackle in the end zone for a safety for the final score.
Cartersville (1-0) is idle this week before traveling to Calhoun September 2.
RIVER RIDGE 36, WOODLAND 8
The Knights scored 36 unanswered points in the first half after opening with three touchdowns in the first quarter.
The Wildcats only score came in the game's final minute. Quarterback Brody Williams connected with Brycen Kellett for a 40-yard touchdown pass and Justice Carter ran in a two-point conversion. Woodland (0-1) is idle next week before traveling to Rockmart September 2.
RIDGELAND 49, ADAIRSVILLE 7
Ridgeland rolled up 300 yards of total offense and took a 35-0 first half lead over Adairsville in Rossville. The speedy Panthers were led by Jaylin Shelton who carried 13 times for 144 yards and three touchdowns with one reception for 25 yards just in the opening half.
Shelton finished with 166 yards and four touchdowns on 16 carries. Sophomore receiver Stephon Walker had two catches — both for touchdowns — and 40 yards. Starting quarterback Ivy Bohm was 5-for-6 passing for 75 yards and a touchdown.
Ridgeland finished with 433 total offensive yards to just 146 for Adairsville.
Roger Redd connected with Chad Lowery for a 39-yard touchdown on the Tigers' opening possession of the second half and Josh Honea made the extra point for Adairsville only score.
Adairsville (0-1) will host Cass next Friday.
Pepperell 12, Cass 0