Hurricanes rout Colonels; Adairsville falls at Ringgold
The Cartersville Purple Hurricanes (5-1, 1-0) defeated the Cass Colonels (5-1, 0-1) on Friday night 59-0 in both teams’ Region 7-AAAAA opener.
Cartersville outscored Cass 21-0 in the first quarter and 24-0 in the second quarter. The Canes added a pair of touchdowns in the second half with a running clock.
Quante Jennings had first half rushing touchdowns from 2- and 7-yards. Devonte Ross had two touchdown receptions, including an opening score of 80-yards from quarterback Stratton Tripp. Tripp added an early 64-yarder to Kolbe Benham and finished with four in the contest. New transfer quarterback Carlos Del Rio-Wilson, a University of Florida commit, was 2-for-6 for 46 yards and a score in his debut with the Canes. He also ran for 24 yards on two attempts.
Jaylon Benham added an 11 yard touchdown run and Malachi Jeffries had a 67-yard score. Placekicker Jesus Gutierrez contributed a 33-yard field goal just before the intermission that gave the Hurricanes a 45-0 lead at the half.
Cartersville will host Hiram next week while Cass will travel to Woodland.
RINGGOLD 23, ADAIRSVILLE 17
The Adairsville Tigers fell to the Ringgold Tigers Friday night 23-17 in Region 6-AAA action.
Adairsville never appeared to find its footing on offense, as the Tigers were turnover-prone throughout the night. Adairsville threw two interceptions and had two fumbles recovered by Ringgold.
Ringgold got on the board first with a 76-yard touchdown pass from Mason Parker to Peyton Williams to grab a 7-0 lead early in the second quarter. Adairsville would answer back with an 11-yard touchdown run by Ja’Maury Johnson to tie the game, but Ringgold wasn’t finished. With 4:03 left in the first half, Kori Dumas rushed 14 yards into the end zone to go on top of Adairsville 14-7. Adairsville then turned the ball over but appeared to avoid damage when Ringgold missed a 35-yard field goal. On the ensuing Adairsville possession, their punt was blocked and bounced out of the end zone for a Ringgold safety. Trailing 16-7 at the intermission, Adairsville scored first in the third quarter on an 8-yard run by Eli Agnew. That narrowed the margin to 16-14 with 6:31 remaining. Unfortunately for Adairsville, a fumble on their next possession was converted into Ringgold points. Price Pennington capped a six play, 43-yard drive with an 11-yard touchdown run.
The next Adairsville possession ended with an interception and Ringgold took over to milk some clock. Adairsville drove to the Ringgold red zone on their next possession and -- down two scores -- coach Eric Bishop decided to take a 34-yard field goal by Emmanuel Lopez to pull his team within one score at 23-17. Adairsville then attempted an onside kick that did not travel the required ten yards and was recovered by Ringgold at midfield. From there, Ringgold was able to run out the clock. Adairsville quarterback Conner Crunkelton finished 12-for-18 for 114 yards. Ja'Maury Johnson rushed for 90 yards and one touchdown on 17 carries. Eli Agnew finished with 51 yards and one touchdown on 11 attempts. Courtney Slocum added 12 yards rushing and 22 yards receiving.
Adairsville will look to get back in the win column next week as it hosts Coahulla Creek for a 7:30 PM Friday kickoff.