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Canes secure home playoff game with win at Dalton

Junior RB Khristian Lando had a pair of touchdown runs in the Hurricanes' 39-14 win Friday night at Dalton.

The Cartersville Purple Hurricanes closed out the regular season Friday night with a 39-14 win at Dalton to claim the No. 2-seed from Region 7-5A in the upcoming Class 5A state playoffs.

With the No. 2-seed, Cartersville also secures a home game in the opening round.

The Hurricanes led 18-14 at halftime.

Ryan Johnson kicked a 40-yard field goal late in the opening period to give the Canes a 3-0 lead late in the first quarter.

Malachi Jeffries followed with a one-yard touchdown plunge and Khristian Lando added a 31-yard rushing touchdown with about nine minutes left in the half. Collin Fletcher added a two-point conversion run following Jeffries’ touchdown and Johnson’s PAT kick helped Cartersville build an 18-0 advantage.

Three minutes later, Dalton senior runningback Tyson Greenwade scored on a three-yard run and added a two-point run to narrow the Cartersville lead to 18-8.

Later in the second period, Dalton quarterback Ethan Long connected with Luke Blanchard for a long scoring pass to make the score 18-14 at the intermission. The Catamounts’ PAT kick was blocked.

Paul Gamble had a 62-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

Cartersville took control in the second half.

Quarterback Paul Gamble scored on a 62-yard scamper that gave the Canes a 25-14 lead with just over five minutes left in the third period.

Jeffries and Lando both added touchdown runs in the second half to complete the Hurricanes’ 39-14 victory.

Dalton (5-5, 3-2) will be the No. 3-seed from Region 7-5A and have a road game in the opening round of the state playoffs. The Catamounts will play at the No. 2-seed from Region 8-5A on Saturday, November 12.

Cartersville (9-1, 4-1) will be the No. 2-seed from Region 7-5A. The Hurricanes will host the No. 3-seed from Region 8-5A, also on Saturday, November 12.


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