After making it to the semifinals with a spotless 13-0 record, the Cartersville Purple Hurricanes have finished their season with a 21-10 loss to Buford Dec. 7— a loss, head coach Frank Barden said the team took very hard.
“At the end only one team can win it all so everyone else has to lose,” said Barden.
The Canes kicked off the scoring and went up 10-0 before the end of the half. The Buford wolves would not go into the half without getting on the board as they managed to get in a touchdown and complete the extra point to send the team’s into their halftime huddles with the Canes up 10-7.
“I thought we played really well. Our defense played well…We had a turnover right before the half. The second half we competed until the end. Our kids played hard, but it was just one of those games when it doesn’t go your way,” said Barden.
Barden said the game was all a matter of field position against a good, well-coached football team. Not only that, but quarterback Brooks Barden had a night where his play ranged from “really well” to “not so well” according to his coach.
“Brooks played well. There were some moments he played really well and some times he played not so well. In a game against a good team you have to play well the full 48 minutes,” Barden said.
Now that the season is over the team can finally take some time to recover and focus strictly on finishing up the semester, at least the ones that don’t intend to play basketball.
“We’ve got a couple weeks before Christmas, we’ll get testing done and get the semester finished then start up winter workouts in January,” said Barden.
While a championship is the ultimate goal, Barden said he was proud of his team and the year they had.
“We got 13 wins so I would say we had a good year. It was fun. We had a great run and won some big games. I’m very proud of these guys. We have great kids and had a great season,” Barden said.
For the 19 seniors that finished their high school football career with Friday’s game, Barden said they were the heart and soul of the team as thy were the leaders and set the pace all season long.
“They were very special to our team and I’m very thankful to have had them. We’ll miss them,” said Barden.