The Cartersville Purple Hurricanes (6-0, 1-0) earned their first region win of the season against the Cass Colonels (3-3, 0-1) on Friday night by a score of 43-7.
Cartersville scored on its opening drive with an 80-yard touchdown run by Amari White to give the Canes a lead they would never relinquish. Cartersville scored once again in the first quarter on a 5-yard touchdown pass from Jake Parker to Jaylen Scott. Cartersville then successfully converted a 2-point conversion out of the swinging gate to increase the lead to 15-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Cass was the first to score in the second quarter after Devin Henderson connected with Andrew Nguyen in the back of the end zone for a touchdown. Cartersville was able to score just before the second half could end with a 22-yard touchdown pass from Parker to Collin Fletcher, who caught his own tip, on a 3rd-and-16 for a touchdown. The half would end with Cartersville leading 22-7.
Cartersville scored first in the second half when Malachi Jeffries scored on an 11-yard run to build the Canes’ lead to 29-7. Brett Gaddy of the Colonels was able to intercept Parker and put Cass in good field position at the 50-yard line, but the offense stalled without points.
Jeffries found the end zone once more in the game after a Tate Smith interception. Paul Gamble found the end zone late in the fourth quarter to give a punctuation mark to the victory for the Canes.
Cartersville will travel to Hiram next Friday, while Cass will play Woodland, who lost to Blessed Trinity on Thursday. You can hear Cartersville and Hiram on WBHF with kickoff set for 7:30 PM and pregame coverage beginning at 6:00. Cass and Woodland can be heard online at www.bartowsportszone.com.