Cartersville High School is on cloud nine, after one of their own leads the Clemson Tigers to college football's national championship.
Freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who was a student at Cartersville High only a year ago, carved up the Alabama defense leading the Tigers to a decisive 44-16 victory over the Tide at Levi's Stadium.
Cartersville principal Shelly Tierce tells WSB Radio, "We're all tired today, but we're proud.
"Everybody is talking about the game."
Lawrence was 20-of-32 passing for 347 yards and three touchdowns.
"I don't think anybody was surprised with Trevor's performance last night,” Tierce says, adding, “We've watched him grow up."
But Tierce also says Lawrence is more than just a great quarterback. “You can see him as an athlete on the field, but until you know this kid as a person nobody can describe his character," Tierce explains, calling Lawrence a great role model.”
Cartersville's football coach Joey King was at the game Monday night, watching Lawrence and another one of his former players, Alabama's Miller Forristall.
"When you coach a child like that and you're around them,” Tierce says, “it's like your own child being out there competing last night, so I know coach King was on cloud nine.”
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