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Canes outlast Colonels in OT; Adairsville routs Ridgeland

The Cartersville Purple Hurricanes defeated the Cass Colonels Friday night 21-14 in overtime.

Adarian Taylor-Wilson caught two touchdown passes including the game-winner in OT as the Canes defeated Cass.

It was the 50th edition of the local rivalry game.


Cass received the opening kickoff but was forced to punt. The Canes, who have struggled at times to get out of the gate on offense, were also unable to threaten on their opening drive.


On the second Cass possession, Sacovie White caught big throws from Brodie McWhorter, before the Colonels’ drive was capped with a 3-yard touchdown run by Devin Henderson. Austin McArthur converted the first of his two PAT kicks.


On its third drive, Cass got into the Cartersville red zone, but penalties kept pushing back against the Cass attack. Unable to convert a third down in the red zone, Cass elected to attempt a 29-yard field goal. The kick sailed wide left leaving the score 7-0 with 9:05 remaining in the first half.

Cass' Sacovie White

Later in the period, a McWhorter to White touchdown pass was nullified by penalty and the Colonels would give the ball back to the Canes at about the four-minute mark.


Khristian Lando broke loose on a long run and set up Cartersville deep in Cass territory. Just a few plays later, Richard Houston scored on a 2-yard run to tie the game at 7-7 following Ryan Johnson’s PAT kick.


Cartersville scored in the third quarter when Nate Russell connected with A’darrian Taylor-Wilson for a 72-yard touchdown. The scoring strike gave the Canes their first lead of the game.


Cass responded with a series of McWhorter to White pass plays that set up Henderson’s second rushing touchdown of the game. His 4-yard plunge tied the score at 14-14 with 9:04 remaining.


After stopping Cartersville, the Colonels went on a march down the field that took nearly seven minutes off the clock. Cass drove inside the Cartersville 10-yard line but missed a field goal attempt as time expired sending the contest into overtime.


Cartersville had the first possession of overtime and scored on a third down pass. Russell connected with Taylor-Wilson from the 13-yard line giving the Canes a 21-14 lead.


On the Colonels’ overtime possession, McWhorter was intercepted by Reed Ezell ending the contest.


Cass (4-3, 1-1) travels to Dalton for a region matchup on Friday at 7:30 p.m.


Cartersville (7-0, 2-0) hosts Hiram in a region contest — also at 7:30 p.m.


— Kevin Pate, WBHF, contributed to this report



ADAIRSVILLE 55, RIDGELAND 7


Ethan Blome had three touchdown runs in the Tigers rout of visiting Ridgeland.

Adairsville running back Ethan Blome rushed for three first half touchdowns Friday night and quarterback Jonathan Gough threw for three more scores as the Adairsville Tigers cruised past visiting Ridgeland, 55-7.


Blome had touchdown runs of 1-, 4-, and 12 yards to cap off Adairsville's scoring drives in the opening half. Gough tossed touchdown passes to three different receivers.


Tre Winters caught a 49-yard scoring strike in the second quarter that gave the Tigers a 21-7 lead. Noah Matthews was on the receiving end of a 72-yard touchdown pass midway through the third quarter and Jamarian Pullum hauled in a 44-yard touchdown pass later in the third period.


Reserve quarterback Ethan Hendley scored on a 10-yard run early in the fourth quarter and Xavious Nalls returned an interception 43 yards for a pick-six in the final period adding to the Tigers’ cushion.


Cooper Souders successfully booted six of seven PAT attempts.


Ridgeland’s touchdown in the first quarter briefly tied the game at 7-7. It was a 55-yard run by Te’sean Choice.


Adairsville led 27-7 at halftime.


The loss dropped the Panthers to 0-7 on the season and 0-4 in Region 6-AAA. Ridgeland has now lost 17 straight games.


The Tigers (5-2, 4-0) play at Gordon Lee on Friday at 7:30 p.m.


— Larry Gardner contributed to this report.



DALTON 42, WOODLAND 7


The Woodland Wildcats fell to the visiting Dalton Catamounts on Friday night 42-7.


The Wildcats allowed a long touchdown early in the game when quarterback Ethan Long hit Bubba Tanner. After Woodland fumbled the ensuing kickoff, Dalton set up at the Woodland 19-yard line. Adriel Hernandez scored a 14-yard rushing touchdown just two plays later. The Catamounts missed the PAT but carried a 13-0 lead into the second quarter.


Long and Turner connected for another touchdown in the second quarter followed by a two-point conversion that built a 21-0 Catamounts lead.


Woodland quarterback Brelace Williams tossed a touchdown pass on the Wildcats’ ensuing drive to put points on the board for Woodland. On their next possession, the Wildcats again reached the Catamount red zone but were unable to convert a fourth down. Long followed with a 75-yard touchdown pass to Jefferson Locke that gave Dalton a 28-7 lead at the intermission.


Hernandez scored his second rushing touchdown of the game in the third quarter before Adrian Gongora added a late, fourth quarter score to put away the Wildcats for good.


Dalton improved to 5-2 on the season and evened their region mark at 1-1.


Woodland (2-5, 0-2) will travel to Calhoun next week for another region contest. Kickoff is set for 7:30 Friday night.


— Kevin Pate, WBHF, contributed to this report

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