CARTERSVILLE, Ga. — Clemson five-star quarterback commit Trevor Lawrence put on a show and shined in the national spotlight Saturday night.
Lawrence, the country’s top-ranked pocket passer, completed 18 of 22 passes for 403 yards and four touchdowns to lead Cartersville (Ga.) to a 52-45 victory over Bartram Trail (St. Johns, Fla.) in a primetime game on the ESPN network.
Lawrence was brilliant from the start and guided Cartersville to scores on each of the team’s six first-half possessions. The Hurricanes took a 38-17 lead into locker room at halftime, thanks in large part to three touchdown passes by Lawrence, including scoring throws of 82 and 36 yards. Lawrence, who didn’t have an incompletion until five minutes before halftime, went 12-of-14 passing for 286 yards in the first half.
Up by as much as 31-3 at one point, Cartersville saw Bartram Trail storm back to tie the game at 45 with 7:10 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Momentum was heavily on Bartram Trail’s side until Lawrence led a go-ahead touchdown drive in the final moments. A 53-yard screen pass from Lawrence to running back Rico Frye set up Frye’s 1-yard touchdown plunge with 3:45 left in the fourth quarter, which provided the final margin.
All game long, Lawrence exhibited why he is one of the nation’s top prospects. He consistently showed off his arm strength and accuracy while orchestrating the offense and handling the adversity with poise.
Lawrence began the game with a touchdown pass on Cartersville’s opening drive, a pinpoint dart to his receiver at the pylon in the end zone.
Three drives later, Lawrence threw a laser over the middle of the field to his receiver, who ran untouched into the end zone for an 82-yard touchdown that made the score 24-3.
The victory marked the 32nd consecutive win for Cartersville, the defending 4A state champions. Lawrence and Cartersville will look to improve to 3-0 on the season next Friday versus Calhoun.