Canes claim region's top spot with 41-19 win
by Chike Nwakamma
Oct 20, 2012 | 1447 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In what many billed as the game of the year in Region 5-AAA, Cartersville delivered a statement that should send shock waves throughout the rest of the region. The Purple Hurricanes created slight separation from themselves and the rest of the pack, but the separation on the football field was much more stark Friday night.

After falling behind visiting Gordon Central (6-1, 4-1 in region play) by two scores in a game between unbeatens, the Canes (7-0, 4-0) registered six of the next eight scores in a 41-19 victory at Weinman Stadium.

Cartersville coach Frank Barden was not about to make much more about the win, key as it may have been, knowing his team hosts Bartow County rival Adairsville next week and still has two games remaining after that.

“Well, we’re just trying to take it one game at a time. We’re really not looking ahead,” Barden said. “We’re trying to become the best team we can be. We’re trying to go through the process of getting better, if we can just keep going up a step each week.”

Warriors coach Chad Fisher acknowledged that playing the Canes confirmed what he had already known of the team, which sits alone atop the region.

“We played a very good football team,” Fisher noted. “A 10-0 lead wasn’t gonna hold that team back. We made some mistakes early on in the first half and gave ’em some short fields and gave ’em opportunities to get some good scores and get some short-field scores. So, we gotta execute a little better but, you know, Cartersville’s a very good team and I’ve said it all along, I thought they were the best team in the region.”

A 15-play drive to open the game led to Alex Hernandez’s 22-yard field goal, and Gordon Central tacked on 7 more points when dynamite quarterback M.J. Reynolds completed a pass to Bryan Brookshire, who scored from 40 yards on the post route.

Cartersville, however, drove the ball 59 yards in four plays to prevent the game from slipping away. QB Brooks Barden placed a lovely thrown ball to T.L. Ford, whose 26-yard catch on the corner route pulled the Canes within 10-7 at the 2:39 mark of the first quarter.

Frank Barden pointed out the importance of that drive in his team’s eventual victory.

“Well, they did have the field goal and then the … drive for a touchdown, but we turned around and drove right back down. That was big, and then we were able to kind of get into the flow of the game,” he said.

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