A game I've been looking forward to all year, the Cartersville Hurricanes took on the Westlake Lions in a game featuring some major Georgia Bulldog targets. The defending state champion Cartersville Hurricanes led by five-star quarterback Trevor Lawrence took on a very good Westlake team led by Georgia commit Jaden Hunter at linebacker. Cartersville won the game 31-0, but it was still a fun game to watch with so much talent on the field.
Trevor Lawrence started the game a little slow, throwing two interceptions in the first quarter. He only threw four interceptions all of last season. One interception was created by Westlake linebacker Jaden Hunter. The Bulldog commit leaped in the air to deflect the pass intended to running back Trey Creamer, leading to an interception by a defensive lineman. Hunter rushed from his outside linebacker and was not blocked on the play. He showed good quickness and leaping ability to be able to get his hands on the pass.
After the first quarter, Trevor Lawrence was on fire. The threw well on the run, and shredded Westlake in the middle of the field. On his first touchdown throw, he eluded pressure from his left, scrambled to his right, and threw a beautiful deep pass on the run to the only spot it had to be thrown to. Receiver JKobe Orr made a great over the shoulder catch in the end-zone while being covered tightly. The touchdown pass went for 33 yards but the ball went about 40-45 yards in the air and was put in a perfect spot. The second touchdown pass was to a wide open man fullback for a two yard score. His third touchdown was a beautiful pass down the field hitting an open Avery Showell in stride for an easy touchdown.
What impressed me most about Trevor was his footwork. He has good balance in the pocket, and it constantly moving his feet to get in position to throw. His arm strength and accuracy are elite, but he did a nice job of throwing on the run. He showed great zip on the ball when running either way, and showed nice touch on multiple passes as well, including the touchdown pass to Showell. Trevor also showed toughness and impressive mobility on a long run getting the Canes into the red zone. He went up against a VERY talented Westlake defense, and while he struggled at first, he proved hwy he's the top player in the country for the 2018 class. Lawrence finished the game with an unofficial 18/26 for 295 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions.
Georgia commit Jaden Hunter was tough to handle to the Canes all night. He didn't blow up the stat sheet, but he showed good quickness and the ability to get into the backfield. He showed good athleticism on the deflection, and showed good speed in pursuit to the ball carrier. He had a couple big hits on the night, and really stood out physically on the field. He played tough all night, even in a losing effort, but he did make some nice plays during the game. He didn't blow me away with his performance, but he went up against a very good Cartersville team. Hunter is ranked as the second-best outside linebacker prospect in Georgia for the 2017 class.
Clemson commit AJ Terrell had himself a game also. The state's second-ranked safety prospect lined up at corner, receiver, and even quarterback at times. He has great size at 6-foot-2 171-pounds, and brought a physical presence in run blocking. He ran routes well, created separation from the defender, and made some nice plays on the ball. He covered well at corner, and delivered a vicious hit when a receiver came across the middle. He looked like a solid player deserving of his high ranking.
Cartersville athlete Avery Showell looked impressive once again. He made plays on defense and led a great Hurricane defense to a shut-out. He's quick to the ball, can deliver a big hit, and just makes plays when he needs too. Another guy who seems to always make plays is defensive back Xavier Coaxum. He's undersized at 5-foot-6 145-pounds but the senior plays with toughness, and has great ball skills. H'es quick to the ball and always seem to make a play. H'es also a big hitter for his size. Solid overall athlete to will continue to make plays for this great Hurricane defense.
Cartersville (3-0) will host Hapeville Charter (1-2) this Friday while Westlake (1-2) goes on the road to play McEachern (2-1).