Canes, Tigers win; Colonels, Wildcats fall to highly ranked opponents
No. 1 CARTERSVILLE 44, CEDARTOWN 6
Cartersville (5-0, 1-0), the No. 1 team in Class AAAA, outgained Cedartown 380 to 48 behind an 18-for-31 performance by quarterback Trevor Lawrence. The junior quarterback accounted for 300 yards and five touchdowns as the Purple Hurricanes extended their winning streak to 20 games over the past two seasons.
Trey Creamer caught a 51-yard pass for a touchdown. Antoine Jefferson finished with 10 receptions for 153 yards and a score. JKobe Orr had two touchdown receptions, and Trase Fezzia hauled in a 43-yard touchdown pass.
Cedartown slipped to 3-2 overall and 0-1 in Region 5-AAAA with the loss. The Bulldogs travel to LaGrange next week for another region tilt.
Cartersville will host Central, Carroll next Friday at Weinman Stadium in a 7:30pm kickoff. The game will be broadcast live by 100.3FM / AM1450 WBHF, Cartersville.
ADAIRSVILLE 35, MURRAY COUNTY 21
The Adairsville Tigers won for the second week in a row — this time on the road — in a two touchdown win at Murray County in Chatsworth.
Travon Branch scored on a 53-yard touchdown run at the beginning of the second to put the Tigers on top, but Murray answered to knot the game at 7-7.
Adairsville senior quarterback, Roger Redd, scored on a 16-yard run midway through the second period to put the Tigers back in the lead, but the Indians responded with a 15-yard Giovanni Chavez 15-yard run to tie the game 14-14 at the half.
The Tigers regained the lead on a 1-yard run by Mason Boswell with 7:53 remaining in the third quarter and Redd connected with Lowery at the 4:01 mark of the period to extend Adairsville’s lead to 28-14.
Redd and Branch hooked up on a 38-yard scoring pass that gave the Tigers a 35-14 lead with 2:22 remaining in the game and Murray County added a late score for a 35-21 final.
Murray County falls to 3-2 with the loss. Adairsville, who is idle next week, improved to 3-2. Murray begins sub-region play next Friday (September 30) at North Murray. Adairsville plays at Calhoun on Friday, October 7.
No. 3 CARROLLTON 33, WOODLAND 0
Carrollton, the third-ranked team in Class AAAAA, scored on a 73-yard bubble screen on the first play of the game and never looked back on their way to a 26-0 lead by the end of the first quarter and an eventual 33-0 Trojans’ victory.
The Trojans added their second opening quarter score on a 1-yard run to take a 13-0 lead. Carrollton then blocked a Woodland punt and recovered at the Wildcats’ 8-yard line to set up their third score and another Woodland first quarter punt was blocked and returned for a Carrollton touchdown that put the Trojans up 26-0 after the opening quarter.
Carrollton reserves added a fourth quarter score for the 33-0 final.
The Trojans improved to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in Region 7-AAAAA.
Woodland (0-5, 0-2) travels to Hiram next Friday (September 30) for a 7:30pm kickoff. The game will be the Johnny’s NY Style Pizza Game of the Week broadcast on BartowSportsZone.com.
No. 4 KELL 39, CASS 7
Class AAAAA's fourth-ranked Kell Longhorns scored on a pick-six, a safety, a punt return, and two touchdown passes in the first half on their way to a 29-7 halftime advantage and an eventual 32-point win at Cass.
The Colonels lone score came on a 64-yard scamper by junior running back Terry Berdin with 9:19 remaining in the second quarter that narrowed Kell’s lead at the time to 22-7.
Kell’s senior quarterback John Lampley threw touchdown passes to tight end Cameron Mitchell (11 yards) and Josh Blancato (64 yards). He also capped off an 80-yard drive to open the third quarter with a 5-yard run that put the Longhorns up 36-7.
University of Tennessee commit, Solon Page III, picked off a pass on the Colonels’ opening possession of the game and returned it 15 yards for a touchdown and Kell’s D.J. Owens returned a Cass punt 55 yards for a 22-0 lead in the opening minute of the second quarter.
Connor Mendolson, the Longhorns’ placekicker, was 4-of-5 on PATs and made a 23-yard field goal late in the third quarter.
Kell outgained Cass 236-64 in a dominant first half. The Colonels managed only one first down in the opening half and it came on a 15-yard pass interference penalty. Other than the touchdown run by Berdin, the Colonels netted zero yards in the first two quarters.
Kell improved to 4-1 overall and 3-0 in Region 7-AAAAA with the victory. The Longhorns host East Paulding next Friday.
Cass (3-2, 2-1) does not play next Friday, but will travel to East Paulding October 7 for a 7:30pm kickoff.