The Hurricanes are heading to the Class AAA state semifinals due to turning the Bulldogs into a one-dimensional football team. Of their 49 offensive plays, only eight were pass attempts. Of those eight, only three were completed and another was intercepted.
Without a passing game to worry about, Cartersville’s defense was able to key on Thomson fullback Chris Jordan, who was held to less than 100 yards rushing and no touchdowns. Jordan had rushed for nearly 2,000 yards and had scored 20 rushing touchdowns prior to Friday night’s playoff game before a sold-out crowd at Weinman Stadium.
Other notable factors contributing to the Canes’ win were the Bulldogs losing two of six fumbles, having an extra point attempt blocked and failing on three first-and-goal opportunities.
“Because each game, like this one [against Thomson], has so many ups and downs, it is important to stay focused on what you have to do in order to win,” coach Frank Barden said. “This is a special team because that’s exactly what they did. They stay focused on the task at hand.”