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From left, Cherokee’s Brady Bocherer tries to slip past Cartersville’s Kolbe Benham during their game Oct. 2, 2020.

Bartow County’s two high schools in the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) football state playoffs went 1-1 in the first round Nov. 27, with Cartersville advancing but Adairsville bowing out.

The second-round games will be played Dec. 4 and 5 and the quarterfinals Dec. 11 and 12. Results of the second-round games were not available at the Neighbor’s print deadline.

In Class 5A, Cartersville crushed Jackson (Atlanta) 56-6 in the first round. The Purple Hurricanes (9-1) will visit St. Pius X in the second round, with the victor playing the Ware County-Creekside winner in the quarterfinals.

QB Carlos Del Rio-Wilson was 8-for-9 passing for 160 yards and three touchdowns to lead Cartersville. His favorite targets were WRs Kyler Johnson (three catches for 71 yards and a touchdown) and Devonte Ross (72 yards receiving on two catches, both of which were for scores).

In Class 3A, Adairsville (6-4) was defeated by Dawson County 45-31 in the first round. QB Connor Crunkleton led the Tigers, completing 14 of 30 passes for 229 yards, a touchdown and an interception. WR Dylan Matthews had eight catches for 159 yards. The defense was led by LB Drew Wilson, who had 11 tackles.

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