Put them all together and it adds up to another dominating performance by the Cartersville Purple Hurricanes as they easily defeated the Adairsville Tigers 45-3 Friday night at Weinman Stadium.
Actually it was the purple-and-black Hurricanes who ran their record to 8-0 overall; 5-0 in Region 5-AAA. That’s because black was the color of the jersey Cartersville’s football team wore when it took the field for its final home game of the season.
“We all went crazy when he (coach Frank Barden) starting handing out those jerseys,” said junior quarterback Brooks Barden, who burned Adairsville’s secondary for three touchdown passes and ran for another. “It was a great feeling wearing them tonight.”
Prior to the kickoff, it was Brooks Barden not coach Barden who anticipated a much different outcome.
“I really thought the score would be much closer than it was,” he said. “Here was a team that scored 70 points one game, and here our defense held them to a single field goal. That says a lot about this team. And our defense as well.”
Cartersville’s defense made sure the Tigers would be limited to a first quarter field goal, when it stopped Adairsville on fourth-and-goal from the 2-yard line with time winding down in the fourth quarter.
“Our defense made a great play to stop them from scoring,” coach Barden said. “It showed that we are a team that plays just as hard in the first quarter as it does in the fourth quarter. No matter what the score is.”
The score was 3-3 after the first quarter as Adairsville’s Dakota Hines and Cartersville’s Preston Slemp took turns kicking 40-yard field goals.
Much to everybody’s surprise, including coach Jim Kremer, that would be it as far as scoring was concerned for the Tigers, who entered the highly-anticipated Region 5-AAA clash of county rivals averaging 39 points per game on offense.
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