The Carrollton Warriors fell to the undefeated Salem Quakers 24-6 at Community Field Friday.
The Warriors were able to stay within striking distance of the Quakers until late in the game. Carrollton was within four points of their Northeastern Buckeye Conference foe at 10-6 at halftime and held the score until about midway through the final period. Salem scored 14 points within a minute and four seconds in the final quarter to secure the victory.
The Warriors opened the game with an onside kick, catching the Quakers off guard and recovered the ball at the 50-yard line to set up their first drive of the game.
Senior Cory Leonard caught a 6-yard pass from Shaw. On the next play junior Brenton Miller took the handoff and darted to the left side of the line but was stopped for no gain. The Warriors were sitting on third-and-four but Shaw was sacked for a 9-yard loss and Carrollton was forced to punt.
Salem started their first drive of the game at their own 30-yard line.
Quarterback Matt Weingart took the snap and handed it off to Cooper Bezeredi. As he swept around the left side of the line, Bezeredi tossed the ball to Lex Murray for a reverse and a 7-yard gain.
Kade Byland ran to the right side of the field for a 27-yard gain to move the Quakers to the Warrior 36. A few plays later, Weingart connected with Bezeredi for a 26-yard touchdown. The kick by Max Righetti was good and the Quakers led 7-0 with 8:43 remaining in the first quarter.
The Warriors started their ensuing drive at their own 20-yard line. Three plays netted nine yards setting up a fourth-and-1 at the 29-yard line. Coach Eric McCort took a risk and kept his offense on the field. Sophomore Chase Flanagan took the handoff and converted the first-down and more as he moved the pile to the 39-yard line.
Miller powered through the middle of the line for a 2-yard gain. A personal foul against Salem moved the ball to Quaker╒s 45-yard line. Three plays later, the Warriors faced another fourth-and-short. Shaw kept the ball and rushed for 13-yards and a Warrior first-down.
Miller rushed for 3-yards and sophomore Parker Crim caught a pass for a gain of 11-yards to move the ball to the 9-yard line. Miller followed his blocks and moved the Warriors 3-yards closer to the end zone. On the following play, Shaw kept the ball and sprinted up the middle, diving into the end zone for the score. The extra point attempt was no good because of a bad snap and the Warriors trailed 7-6 with 2:34 left in the first quarter.
Salem started their second drive of the game at their 35-yard line but were forced to punt.
The Warriors took over at their own 20-yard line. The offense moved the ball 25-yards before Shaw targeted senior Drake Anderson on a pass but threw the ball over his head and into the hands of Salem╒s Ross Armeni.
The Quakers pushed moved the ball from the Carrollton 48-year line to the 8-yard line but were unable to get into the end zone. Righetti kicked a 25-yard field goal to extend the Quaker lead to 10-6 with 4:35 remaining in the second quarter.
The Warrior defense was able to hold the Quaker offense scoreless for the next quarter-and-a half.
With 5:09 remaining in the game Weingart connected Jake Humeniuk for a 25-yard touchdown pass. The kick by Righetti was good. A minute and four seconds later the Quakers were able to put six more points on the board with a 1-yard touchdown run by Kade Byland and the Quakers led 24-6.
“We faced a team that was 5-0 and we hung with them. The bottom line is we are making mistakes that are fixable,” said Carrollton Head Coach Eric McCort. “They are mistakes that unfortunately young kids should be learning on Saturdays and we╒re playing them on Friday. They╒re learning and busting their butts and they╒re doing all of the things that we╒re asking them to.”
Coach McCort noted that you always learn from the mistakes that are made in life. “As anything in this life it doesn╒t matter who you are, everything you ever learn is from your mistakes. You always learn from the things you do wrong,” said McCort. “We╒re going to go back to the drawing board and I╒m going to keep fighting because I know these kids are, and I╒m not going to let them down.”
The Warriors will host the Alliance Aviators Friday at Community Field. Kickoff is 7 p.m.
Homecoming festivities will be held prior to the game.
FIRST DOWNS: Salem – 15, Carrollton – 15. RUSHING: Salem – 41-201-1. Carrollton – 40-178-1. PASSING: Salem – 7-12-2 68, Ca
rrollton – 10-25 95. TOTAL YARDS: Salem – 269, Carrollton – 273. PENALTIES: Salem – 7-80, Carrollton – 6-55. FUMBLES/LOST: Salem – 1-1, Carrollton – 0. DEFENSIVE SACKS: Salem – 2-15, Carrollton – 0. TIME OF POSSESSION: Salem 21:47, Carrollton 26:13.
RUSHING: Salem – Kade Byland 15-112-1, Cooper Bezeredi 21-90, Lex Murray 1-7 and Matt Weingart 4-(-)8. Carrollton – Chase Flanagan 9-70, Brenton Miller 18-58, Adam Shaw 11-41-1 and Parker Crim 2-9. PASSING: Salem – Weingart 7-12-2 68. Carrollton – Shaw 10-25 95. RECEIVING: Salem – Byland 3-12, Jake Humeniuk 2-34-1, Cooper Bezeredi 1-26-1 and DJ Pullie 1-(-)4. Carrollton – Kyle Bullard 3-29, Drake Anderson 2-31, Crim 2-14, Cory Leonard 2-11 and Miller 1-10. DEFENSIVE SACKS: Salem – Bezeredi .5, Tyler McCoy .5, Zach Cusick 1, Tony Maniscalco .5 and Andrew Irwin .5.