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Wednesday, November 30, 2016


Can anyone stop Cartersville?

Can anyone stop Cartersville? The semifinals are a couple days away, but this has likely been a question most of those familiar with Class AAAA have been asking since last December. The Purple Hurricanes ride a state-best 28 game winning streak into Friday's semifinals matchup with Mary Persons. Their head coach Joey King has compiled a 40-2 overall record the past three seasons. The only two losses came in 2014 to North Cobb and Buford, but the next season Cartersville avenged those losses by beating both programs en route to a perfect season and Class AAAA crown. Cartersville has been unstoppable this season, even scoring a 31-0 win over Class AAAAAAA semifinalist Westlake back on Sept. 9.
Junior quarterback Trevor Lawrence has been a three-year starter Cartersville's dominating run. He's thrown for a cool 3,450 yards this season with 45 touchdowns and nine interceptions. His go-to target this season has been senior transfer Avery Showell. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound receiver has hauled in an efficient 16 touchdowns off 40 catches. In the backfield, running back Trey Creamer benefits from his five-star quarterback and can rack up the all-purpose yards as defenses account for Lawrence's ability to connect with targets sideline to sideline. Defensively, Cartersville's 26-15 win over the potent Woodward Academy offense in the quarterfinals resulted in the War Eagles' lowest home point total in five seasons.   
"We want to go 1-0 this next week," King told Adam Krohn after advancing to the semis. "Our goal at the beginning of the year was a state championship. Our kids have been working towards that and that's what's most important."
As I look at Cartersville, I can't help but think of a quote a great coach once told me about what it takes to win a state championship in Georgia: "Everything"

 At this point, Cartersville does have "everything". They have a coaching staff and roster that has been steering this ship for the past three seasons. They've got a defense, a five-star quarterback and a history of hard-fought games together. Mary Persons, Thomson and Jefferson are still alive and Thomson could set up a 14-0 vs. 14-0 showdown at the Dome with a win this Friday. All that being said, I still have no reason to say that Cartersville can or will be stopped. 


Arabia Mountain 35, Columbia 27
Centennial 57, North Atlanta 34
Collins Hill 82, Woodstock 37
Colquitt County 58, Bainbridge 54
Columbus 82, Jordan 23
Dublin 69, Twiggs County 44
Eagles Landing 57, Union Grove 28
Effingham County 74, New Hampstead 36
Fannin County 60, Towns County 22
Flowery Branch 50, Winder-Barrow 43
Gainesville 58, St. Pius X 50
Galloway School 53, The Weber School 17
Grovetown 60, Burke County 57
Hapeville Charter 74, South Atlanta 33
Harris County 41, Newnan 38
Hephzibah 66, Butler 58
Houston County 68, Crisp County 53
Jackson-Atlanta 68, North Springs 28
Jefferson 64, Morgan County 60
Jenkins 50, Southeast Bulloch 39
Jenkins County 47, Screven County 8
Jonesboro 53, M. L. King 40
Lassiter 37, Kell 34
Long County 49, Toombs County 40
Lovejoy 58, Mt. Zion-Jonesboro 22
McEachern 86, Greater Atlanta Christian 55
McIntosh 49, Alexander 47
Metter 61, South Effingham 51
Northview 52, Pope 34
Oconee County 40, Athens Christian 24
Pace Academy 69, Towers 33
Redan 70, Stone Mountain 38
Sequoyah 65, Allatoona 27
St. Francis 100, Milton 29
Upson-Lee 71, Crawford County 34
Westlake 60, North Clayton 30
Whitewater 51, East Coweta 34
Wilcox County 42, Mt. de Sales 30
Wilkinson County 52, Swainsboro 51
Alexander 70, McIntosh 68
Allatoona 92, Sequoyah 46
Alpharetta 48, Dunwoody 46
Athens Christian 48, Oconee County 39
Brooks County 81, Thomas County Central 57
Buford 77, North Oconee 50
Calhoun 59, Murray County 19
Cambridge 56, Chattahoochee 50
Dalton 52, North Murray 51
Darlington 71, Christian Heritage 57
Decatur 54, Grady 48
Flowery Branch 70, Winder-Barrow 33
Gainesville 48, St. Pius X 43
Jenkins 82, Southeast Bulloch 67
Jonesboro 65, M. L. King 36
LaFayette 71, Pickens 45
Madison County 70, Hart County 63
Mary Persons 82, Northside-Warner Robins 64
Meadowcreek 50, Parkview 49
Miller Grove 61, Chamblee 56
Mountain View 45, Mill Creek 43
North Gwinnett 74, South Forsyth 41
Northwest Whitfield 57, Ringgold 53
Pace Academy 65, Towers 49
Pebblebrook 86, Douglas County 79
St. Francis 67, Lakeview Academy 64
Tucker 84, Drew 56
Walker 82, Excel Christian 33
Westlake 86, North Clayton 43
Westminster 52, McNair 38

Georgia high school football playoffs enter the semifinals round this week, starting Friday, Dec.2.
Championship games will be at the Georgia Dome on Dec. 9 and Dec. 10.


Roswell at Westlake
Mill Creek at Grayson


Northside-Warner Robins at Tucker
Valdosta at Dalton


Stockbridge at Rome
Kell at Buford

Class AAAA

Mary Persons at Cartersville
Thomson at Jefferson

Class AAA

Greater Atlanta Christian at Peach County
Cedar Grove at Crisp County

Class AA

Callaway at Benedictine
Hapeville-Charter at Fitzgerald

Class A-Public

Emanuel County at Macon County
McIntosh County at Clinch County

Class A-Private

Tattnall Square at Eagles Landing Christian
Fellowship Christian at Prince Avenue

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