Cedar­town takes a trip to face the Hur­ri­canes.

The Standard Journal - - FRONT PAGE - By Kevin Myrick SJ Ed­i­tor

Cedar­town’s per­fect run through the first four games of 2017 was a great start for the Bull­dogs, but then stormy weather on the road put a damper on plans to re­main un­de­feated through the rest of the sea­son.

The Cartersville Pur­ple Hur­ri­canes — who are de­fend­ing state cham­pi­ons and have the top high school prospect in the coun­try in Trevor Lawrence as their quar- ter­back — put on a 41-7 show for their home­com­ing game and the start of the re­gion 5-AAAA sched­ule last Fri­day night.

A hard loss the Bull­dogs look to put be­hind them, head coach Doyle Kel­ley said.

“They are good at what they do,” he said. “We prob­a­bly played the best team in the state of Geor­gia in all clas­si­fi­ca­tions.”

Lawrence put up 16 of 21 for 350 yards and 3 touch­downs in the air, plus 2 touch­downs on the ground.

He proved an un­stop­pable force against the Bull­dogs, who gave up a to­tal of 406 yards on the night to the Hur­ri­canes of­fense headed by Lawrence.

Cedar­town’s yardage on the night to­taled 146 yards by com­par­i­son.

The Bull­dogs went score­less through the half, but came back with a third quar­ter 26yard touch­down run by Keshun Kent. Kel­ley said he chal­lenged the team to come back with their heads held high and fight back.

“We looked at the stands and I told the boys that our fans didn’t come here to watch Cartersville, they came out to watch us,” he said. “Our kids, they re­sponded tonight... we were play­ing for Cedar­town that sec­ond half. That’s what it’s all about. We want to bring pride to Cedar­town - there’s pride here al­ready. We want to get back to what Cedar­town has tra­di­tion­ally done, and that’s win foot­ball games. We know we still have work to do, but we’re get­ting there.”

Now the Bull­dogs have a tougher road ahead of them as they get over the loss to Cartersville on their home­com­ing night. They have to step right back up and get back on the field on Fri­day night as they host LaGrange in their sec­ond re­gion con­test of the sea­son.

And de­spite record­ing his first loss to a top-ranked Carter­ville, Kel­ley isn’t happy that he went down to any team.

“I’m not glad I went down like this, I don’t care if it’s Cartersville or a team like Alabama,” he said. “As a coach you want to win them all. You can’t go per­fect, but a coach don’t ever want to lose.”

His hopes are that by Fri­day night, the Bull­dogs will have re­grouped and will be ready to take a bite out of the Grangers, and get back on track for his hopes for the sea­son.

Con­tributed by Gail Con­ner

Cedar­town’s Keshun Kent puts on some spe­cial moves to avoid tack­les from the Cartersville de­fense and score a touch­down.

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