By Jessica Loeding
The Daily Tribune News
Despite what the coach called “inconsistent” play, the Cartersville Purple Hurricanes on Friday easily handled Coahulla Creek for a 41-3 win in the region matchup.
Five touchdowns from four different receivers and a field goal gave the Canes a hefty lead heading into halftime, and a second field goal from Zach Edwards in the fourth quarter would close out scoring for the home team. The Canes are now 5-0, 2-0 in Region 5-AAA. The loss dropped Coahulla Creek to 1-4 overall, 0-2 in region play.
“It was just up and down at times. At times we played good on offense, at times we played good on defense, at times we played good in the kicking game, but it wasn’t consistent,” Canes head coach Frank Barden said. “We didn’t start the game off well. You know they had a good long drive and kept the ball a lot of the first quarter, and then, to start the second half, we went three-and-out on offense, so that’s the bad things. And so you’ve got to get better.”
The Colts ate up the first seven minutes of the game in a 70-yard drive, eating up 36 yards in a run by Cameron Burton. Coahulla Creek capped the drive with a field goal from Irwin Rivera.
On the ensuing kickoff, the Colts tried for and recovered an onside kick but failed to the keep the momentum, turning the ball over on the first play from center at the Cartersville 48-yard line.
Three plays later, the Canes were on the board courtesy of a 21-yard connection from quarterback Brooks Barden to receiver T.L. Ford in the left corner of the end zone with less than five minutes left in the first quarter. Edwards’ point-after touchdown gave Cartersville the 7-3 lead.
After taking a high snap, Colts quarterback Blaine Williams bobbled the ball, turning it over again to the Canes at the Coahulla Creek 30.