Canes ready for next test after emotional win
by Chike Nwakamma
Sep 14, 2012 | 906 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Cartersville Purple Hurricanes may have been riding high last week after their come-from-behind victory at archrival Cass last Friday, but the euphoria has since dissipated as they aim to avoid any hangover from that great win when they host Rockmart.

“Each week is a new week. We even told ’em [Thursday], ‘The scoreboard will take care of itself. You just have to take care of Monday through Thursday,’” Cartersville coach Frank Barden said. “It doesn’t matter the opponent. The opponent is really us. We have to make sure our football team is working how they need to be working and operating how they need to be operating [throughout the week].”

In two games thus far, the Canes have failed to score in the first quarter but have been rather sharp from the second quarter on, including last week when freshman running back Tiamon Pennymon’s 26-yard touchdown run clinched a 24-20 victory, with the defense chipping in to thwart the Colonels’ final drive.

Aside from another scoreless first quarter, Barden felt good about how his team performed.

“I thought we played fairly well. We were disappointed [in] not scoring [on] the first two possessions … [But], we didn’t have too many penalties. We didn’t turn the ball over. [The] kicking game was good. … [And then] to go down and score in the fourth quarter was big, too.”

“We got two offensive starters back off last year’s team,” he continued. “I felt like [the team] did fairly well handling the first road trip of the season.”

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