The Cartersville Purple Hurricanes played a sound game against the Ridgeland Tigers on Friday night and improved to 5-1 on the season. The Canes outscored the Tigers 40-6, en route to their fourth-consecutive win on the 2014 season. Trase Fezzia started the Cartersville run of 40 consecutive points. The Ridgeland offense punched in a touchdown against the Cartersville second string defense, as time expired in the game. The defense was able to capitalize on several Ridgeland mistakes, included a botched snap on a punt that led to a safety. This is the first game that the Cartersville defense did not force a turnover, during the first six games of the 2014 season. Turnovers weren’t needed in this game, however, as the Cartersville offense was able to dominate the game clock in the second half, after building up their big first half lead.
The Panthers outrushed the the Canes 113-96, but out-passed the Panthers 269-0. The Canes also dominated the time of possession, by keeping the ball two times longer than the Panthers did. Trevor Lawrence completed 12 of 14 passes for 269 yards with a touchdown, and appears to be the starting quarterback for Cartersville. Miller Forristall had the lone receiving touchdown for Cartersville and was the leading receiver with 92 yards. On defense, Tevin Millner, Rhodes Jones and Tyler Reed combined for 35 tackles and five tackles for loss. Cartersville will travel to Northwest Whitfield next week.