That different team with the different spirit had very familiar results to open the 2018 season, getting off to a 4-0 start. Then came the adversity. It happened on Week 5 at Cedartown. The Bulldogs scored two early touchdowns and the Hurricanes found themselves in an unusual spot. A fourth-quarter touchdown allowed Cartersville to escape with a 21-20 win.
"A lot of learning came from that game," remembers King. "We use it as awake up call to show the importance of every little detail in a football game. You can't have inconsistency on offense. You can't turn the ball over in big games and win."
The Hurricanes learned their lessons and outside of a 7-0 nail-biter against Sandy Creek won the remaining games with relative ease. Once again Cartersville featured a high-powered offense. It wasn't the Trevor Lawrence Sky Show, but the points were plentiful. Tee Webb stepped into the starting quarterback job and picked up where Lawrence left off. The junior has thrown for more than 2,100 yards and 25 touchdowns while showing great maturity in the leadership role.
The Canes were very capable on the ground as well with senior Marcus Gary filling the void left by the graduation of Rico Frye, who is now playing at Bowling Green. Gary has rushed for just under 900 yards and six touchdowns, while catching 21 passes for another three touchdowns.
This season King has been happy to see his offense do what works. "If they are going to give it to us, we will take it," says King. "A lot of people care about balance 50-50. For us it's whatever is working. That's balance to me!"