Sunday Standouts: Lawrence on fire in first half in Canes’ win

Cartersville was the only team in the county to come out of Friday with a win, beating LaGrange 56-0 on the road.

The Woodland Wildcats lost a high scoring affair by a point, 35-34, to Paulding County.

Adairsville’s struggles against Calhoun continued with a 42-16 loss, and Cass remained winless after a 17-9 loss to East Paulding.

Cartersville (7-0) is set to play Sandy Creek next week at home. Cass (0-6) will be on the road at Rome, while Adairsville (3-3) will be at Sonoraville.

Woodland (3-4) will travel to East Paulding.


Trevor Lawrence, Cartersville (7)

Trevor Lawrence was his usual self in a 56-0 Cartersville win. He threw touchdown passes to five different receivers in a six-touchdown first half.

As with many games this season, the first half is all he would play, after racking up over 200 yards in the half and taking his team to a 42-0 lead.

Lawrence found E.J. Turner twice on 10-yard and 51-yard touchdown passes.

He also connected with T.J. Horton on a 10-yarder. He kept his flair for the dramatic on that play, finding a wide open Horton with two defenders wrapped around his waist as he rolled left.

It’s hard to come up with any more superlatives to describe Lawrence’s play, as the numbers week to week do that themselves.

Most of the time, there is nothing to do but shake your head and appreciate the talent on the field.


Justice Carter — Woodland (3)

Carter seems to have fully recovered from the ankle injury that plagued him eaerlier in the season.

Working mostly as the dive back in Woodland’s triple-option Friday against Paulding County, he led all Wildcat rushers with 14 carries for 112 yards, averaging exactly eight yards per attempt.

That included a big 33-yarder on Woodland’s last drive of the first half, when Carter dragged several Paulding defenders for extra yardage.

It wouldn’t lead to a score as time ran out on the Wildcats, but Carter still finished the first half with 85 yards on eight carries.

Rico Frye — Cartersville (7)

There is an argument to be made that despite posting great numbers week in and week out, Rico Frye somehow still goes underappreciated.

That isn’t the case in the Cartersville locker room, though. Head coach Joey King is designing plays for his tailback to catch balls out of the backfield.

A beautiful wheel route was called when the Canes saw the perfect opportunity, and Frye escaped wide open for a long touchdown.

Frye dragged LaGrange defenders with him all night on the ground, showcasing the strength on his 5-foot-9 frame.

He is Cartersville’s workhorse, a dynamic player who is comfortable and skilled at whatever is asked of him.

That is always welcome for an offense.

E.J. Turner — Cartersville (2)

Because Cartersville has so many offensive weapons, sometimes a player or two can get lost in the shuffle.

While Turner wasn’t posting bad games, early on in the season, J’Kobe Orr and T.J. Horton were the ones scoring touchdowns and taking some of the spotlight away.

That changed Friday night, as Turner went over 100 yards, and scored two touchdowns.

The 6-foot-1, 175-pound receiver is a reliable target for Lawrence, and was due for a breakout game.

He got it Friday.

Demarcus Williams — Woodland (3)

Williams was the go-to back in the red zone for Woodland Friday, picking up one rushing and one receiving touchdown.

He took advantage of a huge hole on the right side for an 8-yard touchdown run to cap Woodland’s offensive explosion in the first quarter.

Williams also had the last Woodland touchdown of the day, making a good catch on a 12-yard pass from Brody Williams in the third quarter.

Demarcus Williams finished with 13 carries for 60 yards rushing, the one catch for 12 yards, four tackles and an onside kick recovery that gave Woodland an unexpected possession to start the game.

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