Local youth football summaries from games played Saturday, September 14.
Bartow County Recreation Department games were played at Adairsville High School and the Bartow County Panthers youth program had games in Sharpsburg and Acworth.
Saturday, September 14
at Adairsville High School
CASS BLUE 35, ADAIRSVILLE TIGERS 0
William Nachsheim rushed for 104 yards and had three touchdown runs Jaylen Thompson ran for 108 yards and two touchdowns in the Cass Blue win. Nachsheim’s scoring runs were from 35-, 26-, and 20-yards. He added one PAT run. Thompson scored on runs from 60- and 40-yards out and added a pair of PAT runs. Kylan Davis, who had six tackles, made a tackle in the Tigers’ end zone for a safety. Calvin Simon and Knox Gunter added five tackles each for Cass Blue. Aiden White had 17 yards rushing for the Tigers. Gray Chancey finished with six yards passing and nine yards rushing for Adairsville. The Tigers’ defense was led by Garret Easley with three tackles.
CASS BLUE 21, ADAIRSVILLE TIGERS 7
Tyler Glunt of Cass Blue rushed for 78 yards including touchdowns of 45- and 25-yards. He also added one PAT run. Giovanni Banks added 14 yards rushing on a scoring run and added a 2-point conversion kick. Jackson Jarrett rushed for 56 yards for Adairsville. Kam Hosey contributed 19 yards rushing and Isaiah Craig scored the Tigers’ touchdown on a four-yard run. Craig also added a PAT run. Demontre Cochran and Jacobian Sturgis led the Cass Blue defense with seven tackles each. Glunt and Banks had four and two tackles, respectively for Cass. Braxton Elron had three tackles for the Tigers. Kam Hosey added two tackles.
PEPPERELL DRAGONS 22, ADAIRSVILLE TIGERS 0
Julius Jones rushed for 31 yards and Westin Crisp totaled 26 yards rushing for Adairsville. On defense, Jones had five tackles, Brad Barton contributed four, and Crisp had two tackles.
NORTHWEST GEORGIA YOUTH FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Saturday, September 14
8U at Sharpsburg
SHARPSBURG STALLIONS 20, BARTOW COUNTY PANTHERS 12
The Panthers’ Gary Douglas rushed for 100 yards on seven carries and scored on touchdown runs of 20 and 30 yards, but Bartow County came up short at the Sharpsburg Stallions Saturday, 20-12.
Bartow took a 6-0 lead on an eight-play drive to start the game, but trailed 13-6 at halftime.
The Bartow defense got a three-and-out to start the second half and scored on the ensuing possession to narrow the margin to 13-12, but would get no closer.
Sharpsburg added a fourth quarter touchdown following an interception that was returned to the Panthers’ 15-yard line. The Stallions cashed in the drive with 2:25 remaining in the game.
“It was a tough game,” said Panthers’ coach LaShon Darby. “We had some injuries and were playing a little short-handed. That forced some kids into playing out of position, but they still gave themselves a chance to win.”
Karsin Darby led the Bartow defense with ten tackles. Douglas finished with seven stops and Joziah Upshaw added five tackles.
The 8U Bartow County Panthers are 1-2 and will play the Ross Longhorns in their next NWGYFL game Saturday at 10 a.m. at Woodland High School.
9U at Acworth Halbrooks Field
BARTOW COUNTY PANTHERS 26, ACWORTH WARRIORS 14
Currently ranked No. 8 in Georgia by D1 Nation Football, the 9U Bartow County Panthers won at the Acworth Warriors Saturday, 26-14.
The Panthers took a 26-0 lead into the fourth quarter before Acworth returned a kickoff for a touchdown and added another score in the game’s final minute.
Javious Davis recovered an Acworth fumble at the Warriors’ own one yard line to set up Bartow’s first score. Quarterback Trace Hawkins put the first points on the board with a one-yard sneak for the only points of the first half.
On the Panthers’ first play of the second half, Cooper Melvin connected with Lance Tippett for a 33-yard touchdown pass and a 13-0 Bartow lead.
On their first possession of the fourth quarter, Bartow County made it 20-0 on a one-yard keeper again by Hawkins. The score was set up by a 20-yard pass reception from Hawkins to Kaiden Kent.
The final Bartow touchdown and a 26-0 lead came on a 7-yard pass from Hawkins to Melvin.
The Warriors returned the ensuing kickoff and scored their final points with only 30 seconds remaining in the game.
Hawkins finished 10-for-17 passing for 103 yards and one touchdown. He added 20 yards rushing on five attempts and two touchdowns. Melvin was 1-for-2 passing for 33 yards and a score.
Kent rushed for 41 yards on six carries and caught three passes for 35 yards. J’Tayvious Whatley carried six times for 22 yards.
Kayden Blackwell caught two passes for 18 yards. Tippett had the 33 yard touchdown reception from Melvin and Davis caught one pass for five yards.
Nathan Woods was also credited as the offensive lineman of the game for the Panthers.
On defense, Bartow County forced four fumbles. Two were recovered by Whatley who added five tackles. Davis — who had four tackles —and Melvin — with three tackles — recovered the other Acworth fumbles.
Solomon James contributed five tackles for the Panthers’ defense. Hawkins made four tackles. Kent, Tippett, and Isaiah Moreno contributed three tackles each. Tristin Hall made a pair of stops, while Chris McClendon, Chris Parker, and Jahari Whatley added one tackle apiece.
The 9U Panthers (2-0) return to the gridiron Saturday at 12 noon against the Ross Elite Longhorns (3-0) at Woodland High School.
10U at Sharpsburg
BARTOW COUNTY PANTHERS 20, SHARPSBURG STALLIONS 6
The 10U Bartow County Panthers won their second straight to start the 2019 NWGYFL schedule, winning at Sharpsburg in Coweta County Saturday 20-6.
The 10U Panthers’ touchdowns came on a three-yard run by Lawson Weeks, a 10-yard run by Demarcus Ballenger, and a 40-yard pass from Grayson Warmack to Jeremy Dent. Warmack and Weeks converted two of the Panthers’ three extra point attempts.
Jake Orton finished with 80 yards rushing behind solid offensive line play.
Jorian Bailey and Orton were credited for their outstanding defensive performances. Both had multiple tackles for loss.
10U Bartow County is 2-0 and hosts the North Georgia Cowboys at 2 p.m. Saturday at Woodland High School.
Information for the youth football updates provided by the Cartersville Parks and Recreation Department, the Bartow County Parks and Recreation Department, and the Bartow County Panthers youth football program. The updates are sponsored on Bartow Sports Zone by Cici's - Beyond Pizza in the Cherokee Place Shopping Center in Cartersville.