Youth football Panthers sweep opponents with one-sided wins

The 12U Bartow County Panthers football team defeated the visiting Chattanooga Ravens 31-8 Saturday afternoon at Adairsville High School.

The Panthers, who will play for the Northwest Georgia Youth Football League regular season title Saturday, took control early in the win over Chattanooga and cruised to a 23-point victory.

12U Bartow rolled up 141 rushing yards in the game on 28 attempts and added another 110 passing yards. Brodie McWhorter was 8-for-15 through the air with a pair of touchdown passes and no interceptions. He also ran for 11 yards and a touchdown on three attempts. Meanwhile Keve Porter led the 12U Panthers’ rushing attack with 88 yards on seven carries. Isaiah Livsey finished with 27 yards and one touchdown on seven rushing attempts. Jacob Ellis had 10 yards and one touchdown on five carries. Cooper Moon totaled eight yards on three attempts, while Kelson Mitchell, Josh Love, and Bailey Berry each had one rushing attempt.

Talan Nix led the Panthers’ receiving corp with four catches for 73 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Porter added 27 yards on two receptions. Ellis made one catch for 10 yards, and Logan Shrewsbury had one reception.

The Bartow defense was dominant, limited the Ravens to -34 rushing yards and only 11 yards passing. ​​ Ellis led the Panthers’ defense with nine total tackles, three forced fumbles, and two quarterback sacks. Jachai Delgado followed with 3.5 tackles and one fumble recovery with Livsey also compiling 3.5 tackles. Other individual tackle numbers for Bartow included: Mitchell with three tackles, Porter 2.5, Nix 1.5, Bryce Wilson and Judd Hyde one tackle each. Shrewsbury, Moon, and Xavier Parker contributed .5 tackle each. Davis Waddell and Mason Tompkins each recovered a fumble.

The 12U Bartow County Panthers host the Douglasville Tiger Cubs Saturday at Cunningham Stadium (Grassdle Rd. / Old Cass HS) at 4 p.m. The game will decide the regular season championship. The Panthers (7-1, 6-1) have alread secured a spot in the league semifinals the following week. In the playoffs, Bartow will host the Marietta Cardinals with a win this week or the Winston Knights with a loss.


Jeremy Dent and Jake Orton scored three touchdowns each Saturday as the 10U Bartow County Panthers blanked Acworth Warriors Blue 55-0. Dent caught a 70 yard touchdown pass from Grayson Warmack and had rushing touchdowns from 65 and 10 yards. Orton scored touchdown runs from 65 and10 yards out and ran in a punt blocked by Tremon Buckner from 40 yards.

Demarcus Ballenger contributed a 45 yard touchdown run and Clay Hilburn scored a Panthers’ touchdown on a 45 yard strip and score during kickoff coverage. 10U Bartow added three extra points by Lawson Weeks, one by Dent, and PAT pass from Warmack to Hilburn. Buckner and Warmack were selected as the defensive standouts for the contest. Hilburn added a fumble recovery.

10U Bartow finished second in the NWGYFL D2 standings with a 7-1 mark. The 10U Panthers open the playoffs Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Acworth Orange Warriors.


Eight different players scored touchdowns this past Saturday as the 9U Bartow County Panthers routed the Boundary Waters Coyotes 60-8. The win enabled the 9U Panthers to finish the Northwest Georgia Youth Football League regular season with an 8-0 record and secured a first round bye for Bartow in the first round of the NWGYFL playoffs.

Quarterback Trace Hawkins was 3-for-7 passing for 61 yards and two touchdowns. Kayden Blackwell caught a 22 yard touchdown pass and Lance Tippett hauled in a 14 yard scoring pass. Javious Davis had the other Bartow reception with a 25 yard catch.

Bartow rushing touchdowns included a 45 yarder by Hawkins, a 35 yarder by Kaiden Kent, a 35 yarder by J’Tayvious Whatley, a 26 yarder by Solomon James, and a 4 yard scoring run by Davis. In addition, Cooper Melvin had one carry for 30 yards and Javien Finney added a 27 yard gain on one attempt. Bartow added a 65 yard fumble recovery and return for a touchdown by Melvin. The fumble was forced by Raymond Woodard, Jr. Blackwell also added a 55 yard kickoff return for a touchdown to start the second half.

“Our (offensive) line played a great game and we were able to show them some love by letting them run in multiple extra points,” said 9U Bartow County Panthers coach Quintin Kent. “Nathan Woods, Christopher Parker, Will Thomas and Buddy Lilly all were able to get successful (PAT) conversions.”

The big offensive day enabled the 9U Panthers to finish first in the NWGYFL in points scored with 29.4 points per game. The defense allowed only 21 points in those same eight games for a 2.7 points per game average. In the shutout of Boundary Waters, Melvin paced the defense with 11 tackles. Kent followed with seven. James, J’Tayvious Whatley, Davis, Woodard, Parker, and C.J. McClendon contributed three tackles apiece. Nathan Woods and Blackwell finished with two stops each. Tippett and Jahari Whatley added one tackle each.

The 9U Bartow County Panthers will play next in the second round of the NWGYFL playoffs against the first round winner of Ross Elite Longhorns and Bill Arp Falcons.

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.

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