The defending AAAA champs had an excellent scrimmage last Friday, and destroyed the AAA champions from last season. The Hurricane defense was outstanding all night, led by Wake Forest commit Avery Showell. The 6-foot-2 195-pound defender forced the first of three fumbles for the 'Canes in the first half, with all three fumbles leading to touchdowns. Look for Showell to be a major impact player for Cartersville all season.
Another defender that impressed was cornerback Xavier Coaxum. He's a small dude physically, but he plays much bigger. He has a knack for the football and makes plays when he's around it. His named was called early and often during the scrimmage, including returning a fumble for a touchdown to start the scoring.
On offense, five-star quarterback Trevor Lawrence told me after the scrimmage he thought he played well. His 7-for-15 passing is a little deceptive, as there were a few passes early that were dropped. As the scrimmage started rolling, so did the Cartersville offense. Lawrence did complete a few big passes down the field, and showed natural arm strength and leadership on the field as always.
There were a couple of passes he might want back, but overall, Lawrence showed why he's the best in America. While that's the case, there is still room for improving, even if he is the top ranked player in the 2018 class. He still has two years of high school to ball to play, meaning there is still room to learn. During his freshman year and into his sophomore season, Lawrence relied on his arm strength to get up and down the field. As he started to understand the offense, his play got better. He showed off his arm talent time and again this offseason at camps, but I'm looking forward to see how far he has come as a complete quarterback. He's doing a better job a going through his reads, spreading the ball around, and perfecting the Cartersville offense. This offense should be a well oiled machine the next two seasons.
On Trevor's decision, I'm not sure one is coming anytime soon. He might take a visit or two to some games this fall, but there is no exact date at the moment. It's clear that the Lawrence family plans on watching the Georgia and Clemson games very close this season. I've been told that right now, the only team Trevor is focused on is the Cartersville Hurricanes.
Backup quarterback Tee Webb is another guy to watch going forward. He is a 2020 gun-slinger who looks the part physically, and will head up the 'Canes offnese after Lawrence. Webb was nervous going into his first high school scrimmage, but he improved with each throw. His first throw out to the back was a little off, and threw a deep ball out of bounds, but other than that, Webb had a very going outing for a freshman.