Last meeting: Cartersville 14, North Cobb 3 (1973)
All-time series: Cartersville leads 8-0
Prediction: North Cobb 42, Cartersville 31
It’s been an interesting first two weeks of the season for North Cobb.
The Warriors have been on both ends of a couple of high-scoring battles with state powerhouses to start the season — losing 38-20 to Northside-Warner Robins in Week 1 and then bouncing back to beat last year’s Class AAAAAA runner-up North Gwinnett 36-29 last Friday.
The roller-coaster ride continues for North Cobb tonight as the Warriors host yet another offensive juggernaut in Class AAAA contender Cartersville.
“I told our kids, we’ve got one of the toughest schedules in the state,” North Cobb coach Shane Queen said. “We couldn’t worry about who we’re playing. We have to worry about getting better each week. We made a great stride last week. But even against North Gwinnett, we made a lot of mistakes. We made some adjustments last week and got better, but we still have a long way to go. We’re still a work in progress.”
The Warriors face another potential scorefest as they take on a Cartersville squad that averaged 44 points a game on its way to the Class AAA semifinals last year and opened its season last week with a 41-7 win over Cass.
“They have a lot of talented players in the skill positions,” Queen said, “so we have to play well defensively. We have to get all our checks. We have to line up right. We have to tackle well. They have two running backs who are very good and run hard. They are very athletic and they can run around and make plays. It’s another great challenge. This will prepare us, hopefully, for our region schedule, and we know how brutal that is. That’s how we’re approaching each week. We’re just trying to improve.”
It will be the first time that North Cobb will face Cartersville on the gridiron since 1973. It’s the ninth meeting overall between the two teams, with the Purple Hurricanes having won all eight previous contests.