They are what they said they were.
The Cartersville Hurricanes are the best high school football team in Class AAAA inGeorgia.The‘Canesshowed LaGrange High the how and the why. Cartersville swamped the Grangers, 52-7 on Friday night on the Hurricanes home turf.
That was Cartersville’s seventh straight win this year. The Hurricanes are 7-0 overall and 3-0 in Region 5AAAA. Coach Joey King’s Cartersville team has outscored its opponents, 310-43.
The Hurricanes are the team to beat in the region as well as the state. Cartersville is in first place in the region, just ahead of second place Troup High. The Tigers are 5-1 on the year and 2-0 in Region 5-AAAA. Troup is coached by Tanner Glisson.
LaGrange High, which has lost its last two games, is the fourth place team in the region. The top four teams from each region qualify for the state playoffs. The Grangers still have a legitimate shot at the post-season.
In order to get to the playoffs, LaGrange High has to win two of its next three region games. Next up for the Grangers is Troup High this Friday, Oct. 14 at Callaway Stadium. That Region 5-AAAA rivalry will commence at 7:30 p.m.
LaGrange High will take a 2-5 record to the stadium. The Grangers are still a respectable 1-2 in region play. LaGrange High has been outscored, 91-54 in region games this season. LaGrange High is in its third season with head coach Dialleo Burks.
The Grangers have a 1216 record since 2014. The last time that LHS qualified for the state football playoffs was two years ago, and Burks led the Grangers to the postseason. Burks hopes to do it again this year.
After this Friday’s game against Troup, Burks and La-Grange High will play two more home contests against Sandy Creek on Oct. 21 and Chapel Hill on Thursday, Oct. 27. Both of those games are region matchups, and they will go a long way in deciding whether the Grangers make the state playoffs.
Chris Fernsler Sports Writer