The comparisons are inevitable.
Cartersville is the twotime defending state football champion. The Hurricanes haven’t lost a game since 2014. The ‘Canes are on a 39-game winning streak. Cartersville High has won five consecutive region titles. The Hurricanes are currently ranked No. 1 in Class AAAA in Georgia high school football.
But what about the upstart Troup High Tigers?
Troup High is ranked seventh in this week’s Max-Preps State Poll. The Tigers have won 16 out of their last 19 games since last year. Troup High is averaging 41 points per game this season. That’s impressive.
Cartersville High is scoring at a supersonic pace as well. The Hurricanes are averaging 51 points per game. Not even the Green Bay Packers will schedule Cartersville.
But as of tonight, Troup High has consented to play Cartersville High in a Region 5-AAAA showdown at Callaway Stadium. All eyes in the state of Georgia will be on this clash of the titans. Cartersville did win last year’s game against Troup by the score of 680.
The Tigers know what kind of challenge they are up against in this evening’s 7:30 kickoff.
“Cartersville is everyone’s measuring stick. They are the Alabama of high school football. They excecute at a high level. This is going to be a tough mountain to climb,” said Tanner Glisson, the Troup High head football coach.
The Hurricanes have one of the most heralded prep football players in the country with senior quarterback Trevor Lawrence. He has 35 touchdown passes, just one interception and 2,648 yards this year. Lawrence has verbally committed to Clemson.
He does look like a high school All-American at 6foot-5 and 205 pounds. In his prep career with the Hurricanes, Lawrence has thrown for 154 touchdown passes and 13,255 yards.
Troup High will show up tonight with a passing dynamo, too, with senior quarterback Montez Crowe. He has surpassed the 5,000yard mark for career passing yardage. The 6-foot-5, 200-pound self-made high school star has been on target this year with 2,914 passing yards and 33 touchdowns. Crowe has 11 picks.
He also has one of the most stellar pass receiving corps in the state to work with. At Crowe’s disposal are Tiger senior tight end Kenly Bridwell, stickyfingered junior Jamari Thrash and sophomore whiz Kobe Hudson.
Between them, Hudson and Thrash have 71 catches and 21 touchdowns this fall. And they do think they could beat the defending region champion Hurricanes tonight in LaGrange.
“We need to stay on the same page. We need to execute, and we need to work 10 times harder. We are not scared (of Cartersville),” said Hudson.
Thrash, the guy who has a second gear, a third gear and a fourth gear, is going into this game with high hopes as well. Can the Tigers do the unlikely and defeat a Hurricane team that hasn’t lost a game in the past three seasons? Possibly.
“We have high confidence. We’ll take it one play at a time, but we have a lot of skills,” said Thrash.
As for junior defensive end King Mwikuta of Troup High, he thinks his team is capable of beating any team.
“If we stay on our keys we can be successful ( against the 9-0 Hurricanes). We need to tackle well,” said the highly recruited Mwikuta, who possesses power and speed at 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds.