Cartersville’s 76-13 rout of Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe highlighted the night as the Canes scored the most points a Frank Barden-coached Cartersville ever has.
Meanwhile, Adairsville picked up an important region win over North Murray, 31-21, to move to 4-2 and 2-1 in the region.
Cass is still suffering from the turnover bug as they had five more in Friday’s 43-27 loss to Pickens and now has 15 in the last three weeks. The Colonels fell to 2-4 on the season and 0-1 in region play.
Naturally, the Canes place several players on the list after dominating in every statistical category against LFO. With 10 offensive touchdowns and five turnovers forced in the first half, there was plenty to choose from.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Cartersville’s players may have put forth the best statistics, but no individual player’s performance was of greater significance to his team winning than Johnson’s.
Adairsville’s sophomore tailback continued his outstanding season Friday night as he contributed 288 all-purpose yards. His seven carries contributed 95 of the Tigers’ 239 yards on offense. Johnson contributed in the scoring department as well with a 5-yard touchdown run.
His biggest contribution, however, was in the return game where he recorded 190 yards on three kick returns. His 95-yard kick return created some separation form North Murray in the fourth quarter after the Mountaineers pulled within three. Finally, Johnson made his presence felt on the defensive side of the ball in the fourth quarter when he broke up a pass on fourth-and-13 from the Adairsville 13.
He also intercepted a North Murray pass. It is Johnson’s first Player of the Week mention, but he has made Sunday Standouts in all six of Adairsville’s games.
BEST OF THE REST
Brooks Barden — Cartersville (6)
Barden scored the first touchdown for the Canes on a 49-yard touchdown run on the second play from scrimmage and did not let up until the end of the first half. Like all of Cartersville’s starters, Barden did not play in the second half. He still managed to go 11-for-17 passing while throwing for five touchdowns and 257 yards. He also ran the ball three times for 65 yards and two touchdowns and showed some elusiveness in the open field.
Auston Davis — Cartersville
The sophomore defensive end was filling in for Greg Davis and filled in more than admirably as he had eight tackles against LFO. Even more impressive may have been that seven of those tackles were for no gain or a loss, including one sack. He also hit a runner in the backfield, forced a fumble and then picked it up seconds later, completing the stellar game.
Kalin Heath — Cartersville (3)
The junior running back rushed for 120 yards on three carries to go along with two touchdowns. The last score of the half came with under a minute left and it appeared the Canes were running out the clock before halftime. Heath took the handoff on a draw play and raced by the entire LFO defense 65 yards untouched to paydirt to make the score 69-0.
Mark Quattlebaum — Cartersville (3)
The senior has made an impact on defense and special teams in many games this season, but Friday’s effort had him mostly in the box score with what he did offensively. The UNC-Charlotte commit had four receptions for 68 yards and two touchdowns. His speed was too much for LFO’s defense and Quattlebaum continued to rack up yards on the bubble screen.
T.L. Ford — Cartersville (2)
Ford is another weekly member of the Sunday Standouts as he has had at least 60 yards receiving in four games. His two receptions for 71 yards against LFO gave him 378 yards on the year to lead the team. His 20 yards per catch average also leads the Canes. At one point in the first quarter, Ford fought through a leg injury after getting hit attempting to make a catch over the middle of the field. The very next play, after walking with a noticeable limp back to the line of scrimmage, Ford went back over the middle of the field and caught what would turn out to be a 31-yard touchdown. Ford ran right past several LFO defenders, showing no ill effects from the injury.
Kelin Wells — Cass
Wells has served in many roles for the Colonels in all three phases. His most prominent role Friday was as a runner when he rushed for 83 yards and a touchdown on four carries, including a 53-yard score early in the second half. He also caught a pass for 34 yards, giving him 117 all-purpose yards in the game.
Tristin Smith — Adairsville
The senior tailback ran the ball 10 times for 52 yards and a touchdown.
Keylon Woodard — Cass
Woodard had an 83-yard touchdown catch.
Tiamon Pennymon — Cartersville
The sophomore running back recorded three carries for 48 yards and a touchdown.