Cartersville fought for its fourth win of the year but never relented on its way to a 21-18 win over Creekside on Friday night.
The Hurricanes found themselves down early, as Creekside’s Nyqua Lett scored on a quarterback keeper midway through the first quarter. A lot of defensive holds occurred before Cartersville quarterback Stratton Tripp would hit Devonte Ross for a 5-yard touchdown pass with 1:32 left in the first half. Cartersville was up 7-6 at the half, but there certainly seemed to be a momentum shift following its late touchdown.
In the third quarter, Tripp connected with Evan Slocum for a 36-yard pass on the Canes opening possession. On its next possession, Tripp hit Kolbe Benham for a 24-yard touchdown pass to extend the Cartersville lead to 21-6. It seemed like momentum had indeed shifted.
And then it shifted again.
Lett found Wesley Campbell once in the third and again in the fourth to cut into the Cartersville lead 21-18. The Cartersville offense had stalled and it seemed that Lett had found a rhythm. Like so many times before, Cartersville would look to its defense to hold the opposition to seal a victory.
With just under two minutes left in regulation, Cartersville punted the ball away. Creekside would get inside the Cartersville 20-yard line with just under 15 seconds left in the game, but the Cartersville defense would not allow another inch. In fact, the Cartersville front line moved the opposing Creekside offense backward on a sack. The Canes struggled but held on for a 21-18 victory to move to 4-0 on the season.
Cartersville will travel to Cherokee next Friday night for a 7:30 kickoff. You can hear all of the action on WBHF with pregame coverage starting at 6:00.