CARTERSVILLE, Ga. - They are the juggernauts of AAAA Region 5. The undefeated Cartersville Purple Hurricanes hosts the 8-1 Troup County Tigers. Both teams undefeated in the region, but Friday's game will determine if a team will be sitting pretty or gone with the wind.
This is only the third meeting of these two giants and the first since 1989. Back in the late 80s, the Purple Hurricanes blew the Tigers away. But that was 27 years and 8 coaches ago and Troup County Head Coach Tanner Glisson has turned the Tiger program upside down in two years.
But legacy and experience is also at play Friday night. Cartersville Head Coach Joey King, who is in his third year, carries on the winning tradition for the 'Canes, who have not failed in achieving double-digit wins each season since 2011. Friday night, they are on the cusp with 9-straight victories.
At Weinman Stadium, this epic story will unfold...
Cartersville issued a Purple Hurricane warning as the state's top ranked team was taking no prisoners. Trevor Lowe returning a fumble to get the route started. Then the offense took over.
Number 1 Trey Creamer, who is committed to the University of Minnesota, put on quite a show. He played a big part in making it 14-0 in the middle of the first.
Creamer, who appeared temporarily hurt, ran it again to make it 21-0 Cartersville.
'Canes star quarterback Trevor Lawrence threw a lot of screen, one connecting with Avery Showell setting up Creamer for yet another touchdown. That was three Creamer touchdowns for those keeping track, 28-0 Cartersville late in the first quarter.
Creamer was called on again in the opening seconds of the second quarter, making it number 4 and 35-0 Cartersville. The fans were stunned!
Lawrence, the top-rated junior quarterback in the nation, hit Creamer with a screen pass for his first touchdown of the night, and Creamer's fifth.
The Troup defenders didn't know what to think. They were outgunned except on one play. Tigers junior quarterback Montez Crowe hooked up Kenley Bridwell with a nice catch.
Meanwhile, Creamer responds scoring his sixth touchdown of the first half, making it 49-0.
But they didn't stop there, Lawrence hits Jkobe Orr for the touchdown.
The Purple Hurricanes go on to swamp the Tigers 68-0 to win its fifth staight region title.
"We were looking for the W. That's it. You know. Our kids, they did a good job execuiting the game plan that our coaches put out there and pretty flawlessly in the first half," 'Canes Coach Joey King responding to questions about the final score.
And while many folks came to see Trevor, it was Trey who stepped up in a big way. What got into him?
"I don't know really. My offensive line gave me holes to run into. My coaches and the players believed in me. And I came to execute it for my senior night and it came out with a W," said Trey Creamer.
Cartersville hosts Chestatee next week in the first round of the playoffs.