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Canes blank Jonesboro, Woodland plays Model to 7-7 draw in local scrimmages Friday

Morocco Wilkey, Jr. stretches for extra yards.

The Cartersville Purple Hurricanes and the Woodland Wildcats both hosted 2021 preseason scrimmages under the lights Friday with Cartersville shutting out Jonesboro 32-0 and Woodland playing Model to a 7-7 tie.

The Canes scored on each of their first three possessions en route to a comfortable lead and eventual victory.

Quarterback Jake Parker tossed a 22-yard touchdown pass to Jaqualyn Marshall and a six-yarder to Jacob Ray in leading Cartersville to their first three scores. The senior finished 10-for-14 through the air for 126 yards. Junior quarterback Paul Gamble took the snaps in the second half adding a touchdown pass to Nasir Grandberry to cap his first series where he was 3-for-3 for 55 yards through the air. Running back Amari White totaled 94 yards on just six touches for the Canes. The senior scored an opening touchdown on a 28-yard run, rushed for 52 yards, and caught passes for 42 more.

Cartersville hosts Morrow in both teams season opener Friday, August 20 at Weinman Stadium.


Woodland's Brelace Williams points for a blocker in the Wildcats' 7-7 scrimmage tie with Model.

Neither offense found much traction in the first half, but the visiting Blue Devils grabbed a 7-0 lead at the intermission on a late, second quarter drive.

Model crossed the goal line with just 28 seconds remaining in the opening half to cap an 11-play, 91-yard drive. The scoring drive was assisted by a pair of costly defensive penalties on the Wildcats.

Woodland tied the score with 3:55 remaining in the third quarter with mostly reserves in the game. Heath Tatum scored for the Wildcats on a 6-yard run.

Model missed a pair of field goal attempts in the first half while the Wildcats' defense forced a pair of turnovers. Christian Vera picked off a pass and Javier Morris recovered a fumble caused by Jeremiah Rhodes.

Linebacker Harlin Morris (four tackles, QB hit), Morris (four tackles, fumble recovery), and Vera (four tackles, interception) were among the top defensive performers with the starters removed midway through the third quarter.

Woodland will continue its transition from the wing-T to a new spread offense over the next couple of weeks. Woodland hosts Gordon Central in the regular season opener Friday, August 20.

The game will be broadcast by Bartow Sports Zone.

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