Warriors fall to Quakers; lose three consecutive games

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Carrollton running back Brenton Miller (21) outruns a host of Quakers on his way to the end zone for a 34-yard touchdown Friday night at Rielly Stadium.

By Jordan Miller

Sports Editor –

 

Carrollton’s football team found themselves up by 11 points heading into halftime of the Northeastern Buckeye Conference (NBC) football match up Friday night at Rielly Stadium.

Knowing they had to make key halftime adjustments and play more aggressive in the final 24 minutes, Salem did just that as they outscored the Warriors 22-2 in the second half.

Salem received the opening kickoff of the game but turned the ball over early when Carrollton senior Jacob Knipp picked off a Mitch Davidson pass.

Knipp’s pick set up the Warriors at the Salem 34-yard line.

Carrollton running back Brenton Miller (21) outruns a host of Quakers on his way to the end zone for a 34-yard touchdown Friday night at Rielly Stadium.
Carrollton running back Brenton Miller (21) outruns a host of Quakers on his way to the end zone for a 34-yard touchdown Friday night at Rielly Stadium.

Carrollton senior Brenton Miller only needed one touch to score six early points to give the Warriors a 7-0 lead 56 seconds into the contest after Taylor Keefer’s extra point attempt was good.

The Warriors forced the Quakers to punt the ball on their second possession.

Carrollton started their next possession at their own 47-yard line. Adam Shaw scrambled for an 11-yard gain and a first down at Salem’s 42.

Chase Flanagan moved the ball to the 39-yard line prior to Shaw gaining 10 yards on the ground with his legs to the 29-yard line.

Shaw fired the ball to Miller for a 10-yard pickup before being dragged down at the 19.

The drive came to a hault when Salem’s Levi Maenz snagged Shaw’s pass at the Salem 10-yard line.

The defensive takeaway by Maenz and the Salem defense didn’t pay off for the Quakers, as they punted for a third time on the possession.

Carrollton was unable to advance the ball in the right direction on their drive. Carrollton senior Jacob Grubbs took the field with the special team unit to punt the ball away to their opponent.

Grubbs’ punt was blocked by Salem’s defense and returned eight yards for a Quaker touchdown with 4:15 remaining in the opening period.

Carrollton started their ensuing drive from their own 7-yard line. Needing 93 yards to score, Carrollton executed a near perfect seven-play, three minute and five second drive highlighted a 69-yard run by Knipp to the Salem 18-yard line.

Carrollton junior running back Chase Flanagan picked up four yards, moving the Warriors to the 14-yard line.

Flanagan capped off the drive with a six-yard touchdown run. Keefer’s kick was good and the Warriors led the Quakers 14-6 with 1:10 remaining in the opening period.

With 5:15 remaining in the second quarter, Carrollton drove the ball to Salem’s 5-yard line. Facing fourth down, Carrollton Head Coach Eric McCort decided to send out the field goal team for three points.

Keefer converted her first field goal attempt from 22-yards, increasing Carrollton’s lead to 17-6.

It was all Salem after that.

The Quaker’s tacked on another touchdown on a 7-yard touchdown run by Cooper Bezeredi with 6:06 remaining in the third stanza. The kick was good and Salem trailed the Warriors 17-14.

Davidson connected with Jake Humeniuk from five yards out two minutes into the fourth quarter. The extra-point attempt was good and the Quakers took their first lead of the night, 21-17.

Turner Johnson found himself open at midfield after a blown secondary assignment by Carrollton, and Davidson fired the ball to the open receiver for a 65-yard touchdown to put the nail in the coffin. The extra point kick was good and the Quakers found themselves up 28-17 with 7:21 left in the contest after trailing as much as 17-6.

Salem took a safety in their own end zone to end the game in an attempt to run the clock out, making the final score 28-19.

“We had a lot of guys we were moving around in different positions,” said McCort. “Chase Flanagan filled in at linebacker and he hasn’t played there since his freshman or sophomore year.”

“We’re asking guys to do so much and they’re trying their best to fill in the positions,” McCort.

“The bottom line is it honestly came down to two things: we had a blown coverage in the second half, that’s not what we teach, that’s not what we do,” mentioned McCort.

“We had a couple missed tackles and that led to a big run, we should have had the runner down,” he said.

Heading into Salem week, Carrollton senior center, Dawson Kugler suffered a lower-body injury.

“He (Kugler) is part of the heart and soul of this team. We’re going to lean on him as a player-coach.” McCort commented. “That kid has put so much heart and effort into this stuff. We’re asking Storm Carson to go out and play the center position now and all of a sudden become a two-way player. That was an injury that happened Thursday at practice so Carson had one day of walk through. He did it without batting an eye and I don’t know what else to ask out of these players.”

With the loss, Carrollton dropped to 3-3 on the season after winning their first three games.

Heading into week seven Carrollton will look to win their first league game as they travel to Mount Union Stadium to take on the Alliance Aviators Oct. 7 with a 7 p.m. kickoff.

TEAM STATISTICS

RUSHING: Carrollton – 47-216-2, Salem – 29-47-1.

PASSING: Carrollton – 6-38-0, Salem – 14-221-2.

FIRST DOWNS: Carrollton – 13, Salem – 10.

TOTAL YARDS: Carrollton – 254, Salem – 268.

PENALTIES/YARDS: Carrollton – 5-44, Salem – 8-77.

DEFENSIVE SACKS: Carrollton – 1-4, Salem – 0-0.

TIME OF POSSESSION: Carrollton – 27:08, Salem – 20:52.

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: Carrollton – Knipp 7-78, Shaw 16-68, Miller 2-34-1, Flanagan 18-28-1, Connor Clark 3-6 and Parker Crim 1-2. Salem – Bezeredi 20-66-1, Davidson 4-6 and Johnson 5-(-)25.

PASSING: Carrollton – Shaw 6-38. Salem – Davidson 14-221-2.

RECEIVING: Carrollton – Crim 3-19, Miller 1-10, Knipp 1-6 and Flanagan 1-3.