Canes extend streak; Colonels fall in heartbreaker; Tigers down, but not out
CARTERSVILLE 48, CHAPEL HILL 7
Cartersville set a new school record Friday night and picked up their 24th consecutive victory in a 48-7 decision over Chapel Hil in Douglasville.
The 24 straight wins is currently the longest streak in Georgia.
Trey Creamer (photo) had first half touchdown runs of six and two yards. Trevor Lawrence connected with Trase Fezzia (14 yd. TD), Antoine Jefferson (20 yd. TD), and Avery Showell (46 yd. TD) for touchdowns, and Jonathan Cruz kicked a pair of field goals from 33 and 27 yards as the Canes put up 41 first half points.
Chapel Hill posted their only score of the night on a 39-yard run by quarterback, Jadon Walker, that narrowed the margin to 24-7 in the second quarter.
The Canes led 41-7 at the intermission and the second half was played with a running clock.
E.J. Turner caught a screen pass in the third quarter and raced 54 yards for the only score of the second half.
Canes quarterback, Trevor Lawrence, was 15-for-28 for 258 yards and four touchdowns.
Cartersville (9-0, 5-0 5-AAAA) does not play next week, but will host Troup County November 4.
PAULDING COUNTY 30, CASS 24
Paulding County did not take a lead until 1:39 remaining in the game, but is was enough to hold off Cass in a Region 7-AAAAA matchup, 30-24.
The Patriots took their first lead of the night, 28-24, on an 11-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Brantley Mauldin to Jason Ledford that capped a 75-yard drive aided by a pair of crucial and questionable pass interference penalties along the Paulding County sideline.
After pinning the Colonels deep in their own territory, Cass took an intentional safety on a fourth and 29 play at their own one to set up an onside kick.
Cass recovered the onside kick in the final minute, but failed to advance from that point and quarterback Brett Gaddy tossed a desperation pass that was picked off by the Patriots to close out the game.
Terry Berdin scored on a 60 yard scamper on the Colonels’ first play from scrimmage, but Paulding County answered two plays later on a 51 yard pass from Mauldin to Tyron Summerour.
Gaddy’s 8 yard touchdown strike to Ian Whittington gave Cass a 14-7 advantage with 9:09 remaining in the second quarter, but the Patriots again answered with a double-reverse, flea-flicker pass from Mauldin to Dionta Ruffin that went 56 yards and tied the score, 14-14, at the intermission.
Thomas Gilliam, who rushed 28 times for 142 yards, capped a 30-yard Cass drive with 8:15 remaining in the third quarter to give the Colonels a 21-14 lead.
Paulding tied the game at 21-all, however, by blocking a Cass punt early in the fourth quarter to set up a short drive and a one-yard touchdown run by Mauldin.
Cass drove deep into Paulding territory on their next possession, but settled for a 24-yard field goal by Anthony Robledo with 5:03 left in the game that gave the Colonels a 24-21 lead.
Cameron Gonyea picked off two passes for the Colonels in their loss. Running back Terry Berdin finished with 77 total yards on 11 rushes and a pass reception.
Paulding County improved to 4-4 overall and 3-3 in Region 7-AAAAA.
Cass (3-5, 2-4) travels to Villa Rica next Friday and plays at Carrollton on November 4.
BREMEN 49, ADAIRSVILLE 24
The Adairsville Tigers fell behind early and never recovered in a Region 6-AAA South matchup at Bremen. The Blue Devils built a 35-7 lead, then held off the Tigers for a 49-24 win.
Bremen quarterback Wade Cartwright scored on a 2-yard run that gave the Blue Devils an early 7-0 lead over the Tigers midway through the first quarter.
Blue Devils' running back Kyle Bailey followed that up with a 4-yard scoring run as Bremen stretched their lead to 14-0 with 2:35 remaining in the opening quarter.
Adairsville got on the board when Roger Redd (photo) hit Chad Lowry for a 42-yard scoring strike that cut into the Bremen lead at 14-7 with 1:55 left in the first quarter.
Cartwright connected on a touchdown pass and Bailey scored on touchdown runs of 28 and 65 yards to extend the Blue Devils' lead to 35-7 with 6:22 to go in the first half.
Redd then hit Ethan Belcher for 82 yards and a Tigers' touchdown that made the halftime score 35-14.
Following a scoreless third quarter, Redd found Travon Branch on an 80-yard touchdown pass that narrowed the margin to 35-21 with 11:39 remaining in the game.
Bremen answered again, however, with another rushing touchdown that pushed their lead to 42-21 with 8:30 to go.
A 32-yard field goal by Adairsville kicker Josh Honea made the score to 42-24 with 6:40 remaining and Bremen closed out the game's scoring with a Noah Rutledge 2-yard touchdown run that made the final score 49-24.
Bremen locked in a region crossover playoff spot with their second sub-region win. The Blue Devils will be the third-seed from Region 6-AAA South and will host the No. 2 seed from 6-AAA North -- Murray County -- for a Class AAA state playoff berth on November 4.
Adairsville (2-6, 0-3 Region 6-AAA South) hosts Haralson County Friday. Both teams are seeking their first sub-region win, but the winner will advance to a meaningful game the following Friday. The Adairsville/Haralson County winner will host the top seed from Region 6-AAA North — North Murray — on November 4 for a spot in the Class AAA state playoffs. The Adairsville/Haralson County loser will finish fifth in the sub-region and will host Coahulla Creek (5th-seed 6-AAA North) in a regular season final game without playoff implications.