Adairsville locked up the three seed in Region 5-AAA by defeating Gordon Central 39-8 on the road.
Cartersville also took care of business against Sonoraville by a score of 53-9 to improve to 9-0 on the season.
Meanwhile, the Wildcats defeated Hiram 28-23 for their third consecutive victory.
All three victories featured impressive quarterback performances giving Bartow County its second undefeated Friday night in three weeks.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Barden is now the only player to appear on every Sunday Standouts list when his team has played and has been named Player of the Week three times. Cartersville’s senior quarterback has thrown at least four touchdowns in each of the past seven games and continued that trend against Sonoraville with five Friday night. He completed 18-of-23 passes for 308 yards against the Phoenix, including touchdown strikes of 58, 32, 11, eight and four yards. The one blemish on his stat line was an interception, just his third in 192 attempts in 2013. Barden has now thrown for 37 touchdowns and 2,184 yards in nine games this season.
BEST OF THE REST
Marcus Childers — Adairsville (3)
The Tigers’ junior quarterback has become the biggest weapon on offense the last three games. Childers ran for 93 yards on seven carries Friday night and 320 in the past three games. He did not score a rushing touchdown in the game, but ran the ball several times to set up scoring drives, including his 31-yard scramble into Gordon Central territory to set up Adairsville’s fourth touchdown of the game. Childers did find the end zone earlier in the game through the air on a 30-yard touchdown strike to Brett Gutkowski. Childers finished 8-for-14 passing for 93 yards and no interceptions.
Gordon Gray — Cartersville (2)
Often overshadowed by fellow senior wide receivers T.L. Ford and Mark Quattlebaum, Gray has had a solid season in his own right. He has 447 yards this season, third on the team. He also has 22 receptions, 10 of those for touchdowns. Those numbers include the 100 yards he accounted for against Sonoraville with two touchdowns. His longest score was from 32 yards out. He also had a 28-yard reception.
Tiamon Pennymon — Cartersville (1)
The Canes did not have many opportunities to run the ball because their offensive possessions needed few plays before reaching pay dirt. However, Pennymon made the most of his carries, running six times for 77 yards, including two touchdowns of 38 and 29 yards.
Kalin Heath — Cartersville (5)
Heath has been a dual-threat, running and catching the ball out of the backfield for Cartersville this year. The junior running back made the most of his five touches Friday thanks to a 58-yard touchdown catch and another 15-yard reception. He also ran the ball three times for 33 yards, giving Heath 106 all-purpose yards in the game.
Mason Robinson — Woodland (1)
The senior quarterback has needed somewhat of an adjustment period as he has made the transition from wide receiver to full-time quarterback for the Wildcats.
However, Robinson has begun to hit his stride, resulting in 12 carries for 154 yards against Hiram. The biggest run of the night was from 77 yards out for a touchdown during Woodland’s first possession of the second half. He also threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Mackenzie Borge on a third down during the fourth quarter to give his team a two-score lead.
Khalil Morris — Woodland (3)
Woodland’s linebacking corps has been a strength of the team all season. Morris has been a major reason why.
The junior was the leading tackler for the Wildcats Friday with 15 in the game. He had nine in the first half. He also made a play on special teams when he recovered a fumble by Hiram’s punt returner on the 1-yard line, which resulted in a touchdown on the next play.
Austin Harris — Adairsville
Harris ran the ball three times for 45 yards. He also had one reception for 10 yards.
Trase Fezzia — Cartersville
The freshman caught four passes for 87 yards.
Isaiah Ross — Woodland
Ross had 10 tackles against Hiram on defense and 23 yards rushing on offense.