The Cartersville Purple Hurricanes (6-0) defeated the Calhoun Yellow Jackets on Friday night by a score of 21-17.
The Canes trailed by 17 by the time the first 24 minutes expired. The Cartersville offensive attack had trouble moving the ball against the stout Calhoun defense. To make matters worse for the Canes, the Yellow Jackets had little issue moving the ball against the vaunted Cartersville defense. Calhoun, however, did have its hiccups. On the opening drive, Calhoun fumbled in the red zone, and the ball was recovered by Cartersville. In the second drive, Calhoun got the Cartersville 10-yard line, but the Canes defense stood tall and limited Calhoun to a field goal.
Calhoun did come away with scores as quarterback Trey Townsend scored on consecutive drives.
Cartersville came out of the half and knew that both the defense and offense would have to play better in order to win. Both units did exactly that.
Connor Brasfield was the star for Cartersville in the second half as he scored a third quarter touchdown and came away with a big interception in Cartersville territory to put an early end to a Calhoun drive. Cartersville’s Khristian Lando scored midway through the fourth quarter to pull Cartersville to within three points. After Calhoun punted, Cartersville’s offense took over at its own 2-yard line. It appeared that Nate Russell scored the go-ahead touchdown with 1:26 left to play in the game, but the score was called back for an illegal block.
The Cartersville attack continued to grind. In the end, the 98-yard drive was capped with a 2-yard touchdown run by Lando.
Cartersville will head back to Weinman Stadium next Friday night at 7:30 where it will take on the Cass Colonels. You can hear the game by tuning into WBHF with pre-game coverage beginning at 6:00.