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The Carrollton Warriors were held to just 164 total yards against the Louisville Leopards en route to a 40-7 loss on the road Friday night.

The Warriors received the opening kickoff and started at their own 29-yard line but were unable to convert a first down before being forced to punt to the Leopards.

Rahzul Young capped off an eight play, 80-yard drive for the Leopards, on their first possession, with a 19-yard touchdown run with 7:50 remaining in the first quarter. Young also kicked the extra point for the Leopards. Louisville led 7-0.

The Warriors received the ensuing kickoff at the 20-yard line but Drake Anderson was tackled before he could gain any yards.

Carrollton junior quarterback Adam Shaw took the field for the second time with the Warrior offense but after three unsuccessful pass attempts, Carrollton’s Marcel Poracky took the field to punt.

Louisville started their second drive of the game at their own 47-yard line. A 32-yard pass by Jacob Adams to Tyler Adams to the 4-yard line highlighted a three play 47-yard drive. The Leopards came out in a T-formation with a running back on each side of quarterback Jacob Adams. Frank Falcone was lined up on the left and took the hand off across the right side of the field for a touchdown. The extra point attempt was no good and the Warriors trailed 13-0 with 5:20 remaining in the first quarter.

Carrollton finally converted their first, first down of the game on the ensuing drive thanks to a 13-yard pass from Shaw to Anderson. With a fresh set of downs, the Warriors converted another third-down into a first-down with the help of a 16-yard run by Shaw. Carrollton turned the ball over on downs at the Leopard 30-yard line.

The Louisville offense was held without points for the first time of the night after a few unsuccessful plays.

For the third time of the night the Warriors then punted the ball after a three-and-out.

Jacob Adams connected with Alec Jones for a 23-yard touchdown pass with 9:35 remaining in the second quarter. The extra point attempt by Young was good and the Leopards led 20-0.

Jacob Adams connected with Conner Bast for 37-yard touchdown with 5:04 remaining in the second quarter. Tyler Adams caught his second touchdown of the night for 30 yards to extend the Leopards lead to 33-0 before half time.

Halfway through the third quarter, Brody Hahn replaced Jacob Adams at the quarterback position. Hahn connected with Jones for a 16-yard touchdown. The extra point kick by Trevor Burk was good and the Leopards led 40-7 with 6:59 remaining in the third quarter.

Before the end of the game, Jacob Knipp took a handoff from Shaw and swept around the left side of the line for a 15-yard touchdown run to keep the Warriors from being shut out. The extra point attempt by Taylor Keefer was good and the Warriors trailed 40-7.

“I thought that we had a good game plan coming in tonight and I’m not quite sure why it didn’t get executed,” said Carrollton Head Coach Eric McCort. “Any time those things happen they have to fall on me.”

“I thought that our intensity was down and I really don’t know why. I don’t know if the environment got us,” noted McCort. “In the 14 years I’ve been here, this is the best Louisville team I’ve ever coached against and we knew that coming in… We have two more games and we have to finish up. That’s all I’m focused on and now we have to go to South.”

The Carrollton Warriors will host the Canton South Wildcats Friday night. Friday will be the final home game for the Warriors and it will also be senior night. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

 

TEAM STATISTICS:

PASSING: Louisville – 16-21-4 270, Carrollton – 10-19 69. RUSHING (attempts/yards/TDs): Louisville – 25-121-2, Carrollton – 28-95-1. FIRST DOWNS: Louisville – 18, Carrollton – 8. FUMBLES/LOST: Louisville – 0, Carrollton – 1-0. PENALTIES-YARDS: Louisville – 1-5, Carrollton – 0. DEFENSIVE SACKS: Louisville – 1-7, Carrollton – 0. TIME OF POSSESSION: Louisville – 22:47, Carrollton – 25:13.

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS:

RUSHING: Louisville – Rahzul Young 11-70-1, Gavin Van Zant 2-17, Brody Hahn 2-8, Brock Haren 2-6, Jacob Adams 1-4, Frank Falcone 1-4-1, BJ Singer 2-4, Dylan Walczak 1-3, Noah Bellew 1-2, Trent Degenhard 1-2 and Sean McKinney 1-1. Carrollton – Brenton Miller 11-46, Jacob Knipp 2-22-1, Chase Flanagan 3-9, Adam Shaw 9-7, Jose Diaz 1-6, Brandon Daniels 1-4 and Parker Crim 1-1. PASSING: Louisville – Jacob Adams 12-15-3 225, Brody Hahn 2-2-1 37 and Trent Degenhard 2-4 8. Carrollton – Adam Shaw 10-19 69. RECEIVING: Louisville Tyler Adams 5-96-1, Brock Haren 3-57, Alec Jones 3-50-2, Conner Bast 2-44-1, Rahzul Young 1-15, Tyler Croxton 1-8 and Sean McKinney 1-0. Carrollton – Drake Anderson 3-33, Parker Crim 3-12, Brenton Miller 1-12, Jose Diaz 1-6, Chase Flanagan 1-4 and Cory Leonard 1-2. DEFENSIVE SACKS: Louisville – Kyle Ashcraft .5 and Frank Falcone .5. Carrollton – none.