County teams went undefeated for the second consecutive Friday and each team scored in bunches, making for an excellent list of Sunday Standouts.
The most important game of the season was at Weinman Stadium where Cartersville handled Ringgold by a score of 33-16 to win the team’s second straight region title and go undefeated in the regular season for the second year in a row.
Cartersville’s 20-game regular season win streak is the longest current streak in Georgia.
The Canes will play West Hall Friday at home in the first round of the state playoffs.
Meanwhile, Woodland proved that its previous three wins were not a fluke as the Wildcats beat rival Rome even though the Wolves were fighting for a playoff spot. The Cartersville-Ringgold game may have carried the most playoff significance, but Woodland’s triple overtime 36-34 victory capped a remarkable turnaround that saw the team go from winless in its first six games to having a four-game win streak.
Adairsville’s game was not as close and the Tigers had already clinched a playoff seed, leaving their game void of the playoff atmosphere the team will experience next week. Still, the Tigers took care of business Friday against Coahulla Creek in a 42-16 win. They will go on the road next Friday and take on White County in the first round of the state playoffs.
Last but not least, the Cass Colonels earned an impressive victory of their own against Southeast Whitfield by a score of 46-14 to move to 4-6 on the season and send their seniors out with a win.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Kalin Heath — Cartersville
Cartersville head coach Frank Barden wanted to establish the run game heading into his team’s matchup with Ringgold. After all, defense and the ground game on offense often determine which team wins in playoff games. As a result, the Canes made a concerted effort to run the football Friday and Heath was the beneficiary. The junior running back had just 35 carries in his team’s first nine games, but got the ball 14 times out of the backfield for 143 yards and a 40-yard touchdown. Heath now has 606 rushing yards on the season. He is averaging a first down and more every carry at over 12 yards per rush. This is his sixth Sunday Standout and first Player of the Week honor.
BEST OF THE REST
Tiamon Pennymon — Cartersville (2)
Pennymon is not as big as the 6-foot-3 Heath, but he is the other half of the 1-2 punch the Canes have in their backfield. The sophomore ran for 100 yards on 11 carries against Ringgold and now has nearly 400 yards rushing on the year. He also contributed on defense with 11 tackles, tied for the most among Cartersville defenders in the game.
Mark Quattlebaum — Cartersville (6)
Quattlebaum did not record as many tackles as Pennymon, but he did make his impact felt thanks to two interceptions. The senior also added two catches for 52 yards as a receiver on offense, including a 36-yard touchdown reception. Quattlebaum now has 521 receiving yards on the year on 29 receptions, nine for touchdowns.
Tyler Reed — Cartersville (2)
When junior linebacker Jahir Camps went out for the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury, the Canes needed someone to step up and fill the void in stopping the run. Reed has done that the past few weeks and had 12 tackles against Adairsville on Oct. 25. He added 11 on Friday.
Chaz Rokins — Cass (4)
Rokins played in his last game as a Colonel against Southeast Whitfield and it may have been his best. The senior ran 12 times for 159 yards and two touchdowns. He had three carries of 30 or more yards and they all led to touchdown drives for the Colonels.
Kelin Wells — Cass (2)
The senior defensive back intercepted a pass in the fourth quarter and returned it 65 yards for a touchdown to ice the game. He also defended three Southeast passes and carried the ball on offense two times for 32 yards and a touchdown.
Isaiah Ross — Woodland (3)
It is only fitting that Ross would be the player to win the final game of the season for Woodland. After all, it was Ross being placed at the running back position at midseason that initiated the turnaround for the Wildcats.
Ross finished with 92 yards rushing on 18 carries and had two touchdowns. He also scored the two-point conversion in triple overtime to win the game for the Wildcats.
Marcus Childers — Adairsville
The junior quarterback went 8-for-12 passing for 156 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. He also rushed for 79 yards on eight carries and a touchdown.
Brooks Barden — Cartersville
Barden finished 7-of-17 for 84 yards and three touchdowns. He added 55 yards on the ground with a touchdown on six carries.
Montavious Parker — Cass
The senior recorded two sacks and seven tackles against Southeast.
Quadre Allen — Woodland
Allen ran the ball 13 times for 76 yards and a touchdown.