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Game was close, but Carrollton falls to West Branch

By Bob Evans
Sports Editor

Carrollton High School football Adam Warner
The Warriors Adam Warner returns a punt during first half action from last Friday's game at West Branch.

BELOIT: It was a close game from start to finish.

Unfortunately for Carrollton, West Branch came out on the winning end of their Northeastern Buckeye Conference contest at Heacock Stadium.

West Branch kicker Zach Minich booted a 25-yard field goal to give West Branch a 24-21 win over the visiting Warriors.

The loss dropped Carrollton to 3-4 for the year and 1-3 in the NBC.

For West Branch, it was their first win of the season.

The Warriors had chances to score, but could not take advantage.

They fumbled once deep in West Branch territory in the first quarter and in the second they turned the ball over on downs after failing to score on first and goal from the eight-yard line.

The most costly turnover was a fumble at their own 16-yard line that was scooped up by Mason Hughes from West Branch and returned for a touchdown.

Each team scored once in the first half.
West Branch scored on their first position of the game on a 5-yard pass from quarterback Bryce Butcher to Jeremy Gorby.

The Warriors got on the board at the 6:08 mark of the second quarter on a 64-yard run by junior quarterback Zade Deitz. Daniel Leary added the extra point to tie the game at 7-7.

The game remained tied at 7-7 until the 10:57 mark of the final period when junior running back Tyler Dodd scored on a 9-yard run giving the Warriors a 14-7 advantage following Leary’s extra point.

West Branch evened the score with 7:56 remaining on a 4-yard run by Kip DeShields. Just 15-seconds later Hughes scored on the fumble recovery.

But, the Warriors would not give up. They only needed 39-seconds to get on the board on a 2-yard run by Deitz. The score was set up by a 64-yard run by Dodd.

Dodd had another huge night for the Warriors, rushing 17 times for 209-yards. Deitz also went over the 100-yard mark with 121-yards on 12 carries.

Passing, Deitz was 10-of-20 for just 69-yards.

Senior Adam Warner led Warrior receivers with four catches for 41-yards.

Carrollton held nearly a 100-yard advantage in total yards, 425-328.

Logan Nagy did the bulk of the work for West Branch. He carried 28 times for 117 yards, while quarterback Bryce Butcher hit 17-of-27 passes for 185-yards.

The Warriors will return home Friday night to host Salem.

The Quakers were a 74-36 loser to Marlington last Friday night.

CARROLLTON:    0  7  0  14 - 21
WEST BRANCH: 7  0  0  17 – 24

First Quarter
WEST BRANCH:  Jeremy Gorby 5-yard pass from Bryce Butcher (Zach Minich kick)
Second Quarter
CARROLLTON: Zade Deitz 64-yard run (Daniel Leary kick)
Fourth Quarter
CARROLLTON: Tyler Dodd 9-yard run (Daniel Leary kick)
WEST BRANCH: Kip DeShields 4-yard run (Zach Minich kick)
WEST BRANCH: Mason Hughes 16-yard fumble return (Zach Minich kick)
CARROLLTON:  Zade Deitz 2-yard run (Daniel Leary kick)
WEST BRANCH: Zach Minich 25-yard field goal

RUSHING: Carrollton - 37-356, West Branch - 39-143. PASSING: Carrollton - 10-20-69, West Branch - 16-27-185. FIRST DOWNS: Carrollton - 18, West Branch - 18. TOTAL YARDS: Carrollton - 425, West Branch 328. PENALTIES: Carrollton - 4-37, West Branch 2-26. FUMBLES/LOST: Carrollton - 3-2, West Branch 0-0.

RUSHING: Carrollton - Tyler Dodd 17-209, Zade Deitz 12-121, Brody Robinson 5-14, Adam Warner 3-12, West Branch - Logan Nagy 28-117, Bryce Butcher 7-16. PASSING: Carrollton - Zade Deitz 10-20-69, West Branch - Bryce Butcher 16-27-185. RECEIVING: Carrollton - Adam Warner 4-41, Brandon Johnson 3-3, Caleb Pasiuk 2-17, Tyler Dodd 1-8, West Branch - Kip DeShields 8-118, Austin Smith 3-24, Logan Nagy 3-16, Trae Hillyer 1-22, Jeremy Gorby 1-5.

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