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.