As far as Bartow County is concerned, the 2019 high school football season has come to a close. Cartersville's 31-28 loss to Woodward Academy Friday at Weinman Stadium also marked the end of the fall sports season for local teams.
The Canes led for roughly 42 minutes Friday, but the War Eagles dominated the second half to rally for the win in a meeting between the top two ranked teams in Class 4A.
In a matchup of previously unbeaten teams, the result ends Cartersville's season with a record of 12-1 record, while Woodward will host Blessed Trinity in the state semifinals.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Tee Webb — Cartersville (10)
Webb finished off his Cartersville career with his fifth 250-yard effort in his last seven games. He completed 19 of 36 passes in racking up 266 yards through the air.
The senior threw a beautiful 63-yard touchdown pass to Devonte Ross just one play after Webb recovered his teammate's fumble. Webb also had a 35-yard touchdown pass to Sam Phillips, although the junior did a lot of the legwork on the score.
Undoubtedly, there will be throws Webb wishes he could have back, particularly when he overshot a wide-open Ross late in the third quarter. His lone interception was essentially a punt, as it came on a third-and-24 deep ball.
Even still, against an extremely gifted Woodward defense, Webb made several big plays to help Cartersville gain a big lead. He also did everything he could to try to lead a late scoring drive before eventually having a fourth-down pass knocked away.
A Louisville commit, Webb took on the unenviable job of replacing legend Trevor Lawrence. He never wilted under the pressure and succeeded in making the Canes quarterback position his own. That's a pretty good legacy to leave behind.
Amarai Orr — Cartersville (2)
Orr had been fairly quiet the past few weeks, but the junior came up with one of the biggest plays of the season for Cartersville late in the first half Friday.
With the Canes leading 14-7, Woodward looked to possibly tie the game entering halftime. Instead, intercepted a pass on the second play of the drive on a remarkable leaping grab, returning the ball roughly 35 yards for a touchdown.
An edge-rushing linebacker for much of the season, Orr played the middle safety of a Cover 3 look several times during Friday's game. His versatility will be key next year, as Cartersville will replace five defensive starters.
Devonte Ross — Cartersville (6)
Ross battled with Woodward standout Taco Wright on both sides of the ball throughout Friday's game. Both hugely impressive athletes made some outstanding plays, with Ross winning the individual battle more than a few times.
Named one of the best two-way players in Region 5-AAAA, Ross hauled in seven passes for 112 yards. The junior fumbled on his first catch, but he made up for it moments later, hauling in a deep throw from quarterback Tee Webb before stumbling the final 15 yards into the end zone for a 63-yard score.
Few players will be more important for Cartersville's 2020 title chances than Ross. One of the state's most dynamic playmakers, Ross will look to be a shutdown corner and a go-to receiver for the Canes.