Cartersville lost by a score of 37-28 Thursday to drop its record to 2-1 on the season.
The day got off to a precarious beginning with a late arrival and only being allowed 5 minutes to warm up. Cartersville played sluggish in the first quarter as Calhoun quickly went up seven points after a Cartersville punt.
Calhoun drove 48 yards, finishing with a 12-yard run, and the point after was good.
Early in the second quarter, Calhoun completed a 63-yard drive with an 18-yard TD run to cap the scoring drive, making the score 14-0.
The ensuing kickoff was returned by Dominique Williams 90 yards for Cartersville’s first touchdown, but a missed extra point made the score 14-6.
Cartersville’s defense stopped Calhoun and took over after a punt with 1:42 remaining in the half. The Canes drove 68 yards to score as time ran out in the first half on a 26-yard pass from Trevor Lawrence to Anthony Seigler.
Trevor Lawrence then ran for the 2-point conversion to tie the game at 14-14 at the end of the half.
The third quarter began with Calhoun driving 65 yards to score on a 26-yard run to go up by a score of 21-14.
At the beginning of the fourth quarter, Calhoun scored on a 28-yard pass to go ahead, 28-14.
On the next possession, Cartersville was backed up to its own 4-yard line. On fourth-down, Cartersville snapped the ball over the punters head out of the end zone resulting in a safety. The Yellow Jackets held a 30-14 lead at that point.
Cartersville’s Nick Root got the ball back, however, as he recovered a fumble at the Cartersville 45-yard line. The Canes then went the remaining 55 yards to score on a Trevor Lawrence 4-yard run.
Miles Henderson ran for the 2-point conversion to make the score Calhoun 30, Cartersville 22.
Following the Cartersville score, Calhoun ripped off a 60-yard run after the kickoff and scored two plays later to take a 37-22 lead. The Canes responded when they drove 76 yards to score on an 18-yard pass from Trevor Lawrence to Anthony Seigler with four seconds left in the game.
Unfortunately for the Canes, their efforts were too little and came too late.
Cartersville will host the 3-0 Cass Middle School team next Thursday at the Cartersville Middle School field at 4:30 p.m.
Cartersville Parks and Recreation football
In 10-and-under Cartersville Parks and Recreation football, the Ravens defeated the Falcons by a score of 24-0, while the Broncos defeated the Raiders by a score of 22-20 this past Thursday.
Scoring touchdowns for the Ravens were Caleb Henson, Christian Willis and Tate Smith. Henson had the longest touchdown run from 13 yards out. Willis also had two extra point kicks and one extra point run for the Ravens.
The Raiders and Broncos game was a close one as each team scored three touchdowns. For the Raiders, Quante Jennings scored two touchdowns from 26 and 12 yards out. Kulan Stocks added his own 9-yard run. For the Broncos, Jonah Jordan and Drew Billings each scored on 9-yard touchdown runs, while Kanaan Scoggins ran for a 4-yard touchdown.
The difference in the game came down to the extra points. While the Raiders scored on two of theirs thanks to Stocks and Jennings, Jaylon Atkins converted on two kicks to give the Broncos the win.
In 8-and-under Cartersville Parks and Recreation football, the Spartans defeated the Bulldogs by a score of 14-13, while the Huskies defeated the Tigers by a score of 33-7 this past Tuesday.
JaKiyon Porter and John McDowell each had two touchdown runs in the game, Porter for the Spartans and McDowell for the Bulldogs. Porter’s touchdowns were from 1-yard and 60-yards out. McDowell’s were 8-yard and 47-yard runs. Porter also had an extra point run.
Martavius Cochran and Malachi Jeffries added extra point runs of their own for the Spartans and Bulldogs, respectively.
In the Huskies-Tigers game, Kace Adams and Dawson Gulasa were the leading scorers for the Huskies. Adams had touchdown runs of 32 and 44 yards, while Gulasa had a 16-yard touchdown run and two extra point runs. Adams also had an extra point run. Collin Fletcher had a 4-yard touchdown run and Isacc Cunningham ran for his own 34-yard touchdown for the Huskies.
For the Tigers, Caleb Cooley scored from 63-yards out and Paul Gamble capped the touchdown run with an extra point run of his own.
Also in action Tuesday in 6-and-under Cartersville Parks and Recreation flag football, the Rowdy Renegades tied the Fighting Armadillos at 21 and the Mean Machine defeated the Thundering Herd by a final score of 21-14.
That same day, in another showdown between 6-and-under future Canes, the Lil’ Giants defeated the Mud Dogs by a score of 12-9, while the Mighty Mustangs tied the Tiny Titans at 15.