Hosting the Rockmart Yellow Jackets at Weinman Stadium, the Canes took their first possession of the game on their own 37-yard line. Two plays and three yards later, quarterback Brooks Barden found Hayes Linn open at the Rockmart 40. The senior wide receiver took the ball the distance, scoring at 9:01 in the first.
That opening drive would set the tone for the remainder of the game, with Cartersville rolling to the 38-6 win.
The game took a serious turn in the third quarter when Cartersville standout Tiamon Pennymon left the game with a leg injury. Cartersville emergency personnel said after the game Pennymon had suffered a possible broken femur.
Pennymon went out after a 3-yard carry that would eventually be capped by a Kalin Heath touchdown.
Canes coach Frank Barden said the injury did not look good but he would know more once he reached the hospital.
“He’s obviously a big part of our football team and, more importantly, he’s such a good kid,” Barden said of Pennymon. “He works hard, just an incredible kid, incredible love for the game. More than his ability — I’m not worried about his ability — it’s his passion and love for the game that, you know, you just hate to see that happen to somebody that has that good of a character and that much passion for the game.”
The freshman running back scored the go-ahead touchdown in a Sept. 7 win over county rival Cass. Pennymon had five carries for 107 yards, including an 85-yard touchdown run with 3:33 left in the first half.
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