Each of the three games involving Bartow County teams ended in a point differential of at least 30 points as Cartersville handily defeated rival Cass, Adairsville dominated Armuchee, and Woodland could not stay with East Paulding.
After beating Adairsville in week one and boasting impressive size, speed and experience, Cass had the best chance of the three other county teams to compete with Cartersville. However, the Purple Hurricanes took care of business in their 42-7 victory Friday night.
Adairsville was able to bounce back from its week one loss and took out its frustration on Armuchee, resulting in a 38-7 victory.
Meanwhile, Woodland fell to 0-3 as the Wildcats could not hang with a talented East Paulding team and lost by a score of 30-0.
With all the lopsided scores comes some impressive performances on both sides of the ball. As a result, performances that would have made the list of standouts last week, did not make the cut this time around.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Cartersville’s senior defensive back/kick returner/wide receiver Mark Quattlebaum made his presence felt in all three phases of the game Friday night. Quattlebaum had an interception early in the game on defense. On offense, he had four catches for 70 yards and a touchdown. On special teams, Quattlebaum had a kickoff return for 42 yards and two punt returns totaling 60 yards. One of his punt returns went for 38 yards down to the Cass 2-yard line, which set up a score two plays later.
BEST OF THE REST
Sidnee Johnson — Adairsville (2)
For the second straight week, Johnson has racked up yards on a low volume of touches. The sophomore running back recorded four carries for 40 yards in week one against Cass.
This week, Johnson had lengthy touchdown runs of 38 and 45 yards and finished with six carries for 104 yards and three touchdowns.
Austin Harris — Adairsville
Harris was another Tiger who did not need the ball to put up big numbers. The senior had four carries for 108 yards against Armuchee and scored a 90-yard touchdown after a stutter step move sent Harris off to the races for the second touchdown of the game.
Trey Lloyd — Adairsville
The performance the senior defensive end gave the Tigers included 10 tackles, three for a loss, and a fumble recovery.
Brandon Long — Cartersville (2)
Long had his second straight 100-yard rushing game Friday. He recorded 104 yards on 13 carries and had a 13-yard receiving touchdown to complete his stellar game. The senior running back had 68 yards on the ground in the second half.
Brooks Barden — Cartersville (2)
Barden struggled with inaccuracy Friday night going 13-for-30, but made the most of the completions he did have. He threw for 227 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 77 yards on seven carries.
Kalin Heath — Cartersville (2)
Heath only received five touches on the game, but two of them were for touchdowns. One was a 40-yard run in the first half to open the scoring for the Canes. The other was a 17-yard run for the first score of the second half. In total, Heath had four carries for 77 yards and two catches for 10 yards. After the game, the junior running back said of his performance, “I got my beast on.”
Jordan Cothran — Cass
The senior wideout had three catches for 117 yards, including the one score the Colonels had against Cartersville’s defense when freshman quarterback Trevor Lowe connected with Cothran down the right sideline for an 86-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. All other Cass receivers recorded a total of 46 yards in the game.
T.L. Ford — Cartersville
All of Ford’s catches came in the first half, but they combined for plenty of yardage. The senior Kansas State commit had four catches for 84 yards, including a 36-yard catch and run that led to Cartersville’s only score of the first half.
Marcus Childers — Adairsville
The dynamic junior quarterback recorded a 61-yard touchdown run, accounting for most of his 73 yards on the ground on just five carries. He also went 4-for-9 through the air for 50 yards.
Jesse House — Cartersville
The former Adairsville linebacker had four tackles and a defensive touchdown on a fumble recovery.