“It [the idea] was something I thought of this week and was well received by the school’s administration,” said Barden, a day after Cartersville soundly defeated the Adairsville Tigers, 45-3, at Weinman Stadium. “I wanted to do something special for our players who have worked hard all season long.”
Instead of wearing their traditional purple-colored jerseys, the Canes took the field wearing black-colored jerseys which easily highlighted their easy-to-read, gold-colored numbers.
“This was our version of a ‘black-out’ that you see at the college and professional level,” Barden said. “Wearing those jerseys was an experience that our players will always remember.”
It also was a one-time experience, at least for the remainder of this season, as the black-colored jerseys were retired to the equipment room.
“That’s where they will stay until we decide to wear them again,” Barden said.
That decision may come sooner than later after the Cartersville coach saw how dominating the Canes were against Adairsville on Senior Night.
The Canes scored practically every which way possible — a field goal, an interception in the end zone, a return of a blocked punt for a touchdown, one rushing touchdown and two touchdown passes — while improving to 8-0 overall, 5-0 in Region 5-AAA.
After a 3-3 first quarter, Cartersville went into the locker room at halftime leading 24-3. The fourth quarter began with the inclusion of a continuous clock and the Canes ahead, 38-3.
“Our offense did not wait until the second half before getting into the flow of the game [against Adairsville],” Barden said.
On defense, Cartersville limited Adairsville’ high-powered offense to Dakota Hines’ 40-yard field goal in the first quarter.
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