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Rockets find end zone three times; earn 20-7 victory

By Leigh Ann Rutledge
Sports Reporter


Conotton Valley quarterback Mikey Cottis (10) attempts to elude a Chalker defender during the Rockets’ win Friday.

After saying he was excited for his first win, Conotton Valley Coach Brant Gardner was at a loss for words.

Conotton Valley defeated the Chalker Wildcats 20-7 for their first victory of the season and added a celebratory factor to the homecoming festivities.

After the Rockets led 6-0 at halftime, Chalker scored with a little over five minutes left in the third quarter. With the extra point, they took over the lead 7-6. However, two interceptions in the second half helped preserve the Rocket victory.

Following the Chalker score, Rocket quarterback Mikey Cottis threw an interception giving Chalker the ball on the 35-yard line. Chalker was heading for the end zone when a botched snap resulted in quarterback Trystan Mollohan throwing a pass that was picked off by Rocket senior Jake White.

The Rockets began the series on their own 23-yard line. Gaining ground, the third quarter ended with a Rockets first down on the 11-yard line. Quarterback Matt Caldwell took the ball into the end zone for a touchdown and carried it in for the two-point conversion. Nine seconds into the fourth quarter, the Rockets were leading 14-7. With players getting anxious, both teams had four-and-outs and penalties for delay of game, illegal formation and off sides. Chalker was marching down the field when a bobbled snap and an incomplete pass left them with a third-and-12 on the 22 with 3:17 left on the clock. Mollohan threw an incomplete pass bringing up fourth down.

Girls second at NBC meet, Bartlow sets new school record

Grace Bartlow putts during the Northeastern Buckeye Conference league tournament last week at Great Trail Golf Course. Bartlow set a new school record for low score on an 18-hole course with a 79.

MINERVA – Grace Bartlow set a new school record and the Carrollton girls golf team finished second in the Northeastern Buckeye Conference league meet last week at Great Trail Golf Course in Minerva.

Marlington won the tournament with a 348, Carrollton carded 356 and Minerva finished third with 373.

Barlow, a senior, shot a 79 on the 18-hole course, which is a new Carrollton record.

Jordan Van Meter of Minerva was medalist for the tournament, firing a 76.

Other scores for Carrollton included: Emily Kean (86), Abby Shockey (100), Erin Shockey (91) and Regan Weiland (108).

Other scores for Minerva included: Baeli Waller (98), Kennedy Grogg (100), Megan Keister (99) and Kaylee Norris (101).

Barto places second, boys team fourth at NBC meet; matches this week will determine championship title

Christian Barto fires a shot on the No. 17 hole during the Northeastern Buckeye Conference leage meet last week. Bartow led the Warriors with an 83.

CARROLLTON – The battle for the Northeastern Buckeye Conference (NBC) golf championship is coming down to the wire.

Carrollton picked up two wins last week in its quest for the title, one of which was against West Branch, a team that had only one league loss. The Warriors also have one league loss.

The championship is determined by adding points earned at the league meet (held Sept. 11) and points earned during the regular season.

Minerva won the meet with 343 points followed by Marlington with 353, West Branch, 356; Carrollton, 361; Louisville, 368; Alliance, 388; Canton South, 410; and Salem, 459.

The Warriors were scheduled to play Minerva Monday and will face Marlington Thursday in their final two matches of the season.

“We will need to beat both Minerva and Marlington to have a shot at the title,” said Coach Chris Barto. “The win against West Branch was huge for us. It was our lowest team score of the season.”

Turnovers costly as Quakers down Warriors 27-14 in NBC opener

By Carol McIntire


Carrollton blockers Colby Moore (16) and Austin McIntire (58) clear a path for quarterback Parker Crim (14) during the league opener Friday at Community Field.

CARROLLTON – On paper, the Carrollton Warriors and Salem Quakers were virtually locked in a dead heat Friday at Community Field.

On the football field, Salem was a 27-14 winner.

The two teams were separated by one first down: Salem with 15, Carrollton with 14. The yards the Quakers fell short of in the running game, they made up for in the passing game. Carrollton runners rushed for 160 yards and Salem finished with 10 yards. In the passing game, Warrior quarterback Parker Crim threw for 64 yards, compared to 244 for Salem quarterback Mitch Davidson.

Salem was penalized eight times for 55 yards and the Warriors nine times for 65 yards.

The Warriors held a 26:29 to 21:31 edge in time of possession.

The difference was in turnovers.

Boys soccer team picks up second win

The Carrollton boy’s soccer team picked up their second win of the season last Saturday at home 3-0 over Wellsville.

Jacob Ford scored two goals for the Warriors, while Lennart Rossius added one.

Goalie Jordan Poracky recorded seven saves. The Warriors outshot the Tigers 20-7.

Due to some injuries, the Warriors had many players playing positions there were not accustom to playing.

“I’m happy to get the win,” said head coach A. J. Atkinson. “We were able to muscle our way through. The guys adjusted to their new roles and we came out with a victory.”

Earlier in the week on Tuesday, the Warriors fell to host West Branch 5-1.

Ford had the Warriors only goal of the game. Evan Meck finished with five saves.

Carrollton ended play last week with an overall record of 2-4 and 0-2 in the NBC.

Carrollton was to travel to Louisville Tuesday. They will host Tuscarawas Valley Saturday morning beginning at 10 a.m.

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