Mistakes costly in Warrior loss



By Jordan Miller

Sports Editor

The Carrollton Warriors (2-2) led the Marlington Dukes (3-1) at the half 24-20, but self-inflicted mistakes prevented them from holding the lead late in the game.

At the end of the night the Marlington offense just proved to be too much for the Warrior defense. Marlington running back Jaquiez Sampson carried the ball 38 times for 223 yards; a majority of the carries came in the second half.

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Carrollton’s Kyle Bullard (24) and Brenton Miller (21) tackles Marlington running back Jaquiez Sampson (1).

Brenton Miller led the rushing attack for the Warriors with 19 carries for 166 yards and two touchdowns in the 41-30 loss.

Carrollton received the opening kickoff and marched down the field for a score.

On the first play from scrimmage, quarterback Adam Shaw connected with Drake Anderson for a 6-yard pass to move the Warriors into Duke territory at the 49. On the next play, Brenton Miller took the handoff from Shaw and ran through a hole to the right with blocks set by center Jacob Green and right guard Caleb Brown. Crim and Anderson blocked defenders down the field to help Miller run for 41-yards to the 8-yard line.

Shaw took the snap from Green in the shotgun position and used his legs to get the Warriors to the 3-yard line. Later in the drive, the Warriors were set up at the 1-yard line. After a timeout by Carrollton, the Warriors came out in a power formation. Chase Flanagan took the handoff and powered through the middle for the first touchdown of the game. The kick by Bryce Mohn was no good. The Warriors led 6-0 with 9:19 remaining in the first quarter.

Mohn kicked the ball off and the Dukes started their first drive at their own 41-yard line. Marlington’s Garrett Floyd took a handoff from quarterback Chris Pennell and gained 10 yards to move into Warrior territory. Later in the drive on a third-down, Drew Adams caught a pass for a 19-yard gain. Pennell took the snap and headed to the left side of the field and dove for the pylon for a 12-yard touchdown run. The extra point attempt was no good. Marlington tied the game 6-6 with 6:23 remaining in the first quarter.

Anderson returned the kickoff to the Warrior 37-yard line. On the second play of the drive, Shaw tried to connect with Jacob Knipp who bobbled the ball into the hands of Marlington’s Sean Cooley who returned the interception 36 yards for a touchdown. The kick by Floyd was good. The Warriors trailed 13-6.


On the ensuing kickoff, the Warriors started the drive at their own 40-yard line. On a third-and ten call, Cory Leonard caught a pass from Shaw for 17 yards for a first down to move the Warriors into Marlington territory.

Miller moved the Warriors down the field with an 11-yard rush before Marlington’s Trent Davis recovered a fumble at their own 46 due to


a mishandled snap. The Dukes were unable to capitalize on the turnover and turned the ball over on downs after a failed fake punt.

Carrollton took over at their 34-yard line. Two plays into the drive, a pass was tipped by a Duke defender and intercepted by Floyd.

Marlington took over at the Carrollton 41-yard line. Marlington’s Jaquiez Sampson took a pitch from Pennell but was dropped in the backfield by Carrollton’s Kyle Bullard. The Dukes were forced to punt and the Warriors took over at their own 17 as time expired at the end of the first quarter.

Miller rushed for 15 yards and then 36 yards to move the Warriors to the Marlington 27. Shaw rushed for 27 yards on two plays and set up a 19-yard touchdown on a keeper, thanks to blocks set by right tackle Dawson Kugler. Miller was the lead blocker as he set a block down the field to allow Shaw into the end zone. The kick by Mohn was no good but the Warriors crawled back to within one point at 13-12.

Marlington started their next drive at the 21-yard line and went 79 yards on 11 plays to score from 1-yard out. The kick by Floyd was good and the Warriors now trailed 20-12.

Miller cut the deficit to two points with a 21-yard rushing touchdown with 2:21 remaining in the first half. The 2-point conversion attempt was no good.


On Marlington’s next drive, Crim intercepted a Pennell pass to set up the Warriors at mid-field.

Shaw moved the Warriors to the Marlington 20-yard line with a 29-yard run. Miller caught a pass to move the Warriors to the 10-yard line, Shaw ran to the 1-yard line and then rushed into the end zone from 1-yard out with 17 seconds remaining in the half.

The 2-point conversion was no good and the Warriors were back on top 24-20.

Sampson carried the load for the Dukes in the second half. He moved the Dukes into Warrior territory with a 32-yard run and capped off the drive with a touchdown run from 4-yards out a minute and 45 seconds into the second half. Kick by Floyd was good and the Dukes regained the lead 27-24.

Later in the third quarter Sampson scored from 12 yards out. Sampson took the team down the field and scored another touchdown from 1-yard out early in the fourth quarter. The Dukes now led 41-30.

Miller rushed 21-yards for a touchdown with 3:40 remaining in the game but it wasn’t enough to win the game. The Warriors attempted an onside kick but were unable to recover the fumble.


“We did a lot of things well in moments and we did a lot of things bad in moments,” said Head Coach Eric McCort. “We have to be able to handle big moments in big sessions like this… when games like this go the wrong way it falls on the head coach.”

“I thought we had ourselves in a position at half time, and they {Marlington} came out and went right down the field. I thought that they showed to have a better half,” noted McCort. “At the end of the night when you put the two halves together they came out on top.”

The Carrollton Warriors will travel to Beloit to take on the West Branch Warriors (3-1) Friday night.

West Branch defeated the Minerva Lions (0-4) last Friday 45-7.


RUSHING: Marlington – 52-263-5, Carrollton – 37-321-5. PASSING: Marlington – 15-23 212, Carrollton – 4-14 46. FIRST DOWNS: Marlington – 26, Carrollton – 15. TOTAL YARDS: Marlington – 475, Carrollton – 367. PENALTIES: Marlington – 8-75, Carrollton – 5-35. FUMBLES/LOST: Marlington 2-1, Carrollton – 1-1. DEFENSIVE SACKS: none for either team. TIME OF POSSESSION: Marlington – 31:23, Carrollton – 16:37.


RUSHING: Marlington – Jaquiez Sampson 38-223-3, Justin Allen 7-24-1, Garrett Floyd 2-13, Chris Pennell 4-3-1 and Tyler Tokos 1-0. Carrollton – Brenton Miller 19-166-2, Adam Shaw 15-128-2, Parker Crim 1-26, Chase Flanagan 1-1-1 and Jose Diaz 1-0. PASSING: Marlington – Chris Pennell 14-22 201 and Justin Allen 1-1 11. Carrollton – Adam Shaw 4-14 46. RECEIVING: Marlington – Garrett Floyd 4-74, Sean Cooley 4-47, Jaquiez Sampson 3-29, Justin Allen 1-21, Drew Adams 1-19, Andrew Brady 1-11 and Matt Sivy 1-11. Carrollton – Brenton Miller 2-23, Cory Leonard 1-17 and Drake Anderson 1-6.