The Carrollton Warriors literally flew past the Alliance Aviators at Community Field Friday.
The Warriors scored seven rushing touchdowns and amassed 401 yards on 45 carries enroute to a 49-14 win.
Carrollton running back Brenton Miller put on a show with a season high four touchdowns and 219 yards on 21 carries.
Carrollton received the opening kickoff and never looked back, scoring early and often. Drake Anderson received the opening kickoff and returned it to Warrior 34-yard line to start the game.
On the first play from scrimmage, quarterback Adam Shaw kept the hand off and ran untouched for 29 yards before he was dragged down in Aviator territory at the 37-yard line. Miller took the ensuing handoff and sprinted 37 yards for the Warriors’ first score of the game. The extra point kick by Taylor Keefer was good. The Warriors led 7-0 only 40 seconds into the game.
Carrollton’s defense held Alliance to a three-and-out on their first possession and started the next drive in Aviator territory at the 44-yard line.
Nine plays later, Shaw scored on a one-yard keeper. The kick by Keefer was good and the Warriors led 14-0 with 6:18 remaining in first quarter.
Two plays into the Aviator’s next drive, quarterback Howard Frazier threw a pass that was intercepted by Anderson on the Alliance 45 yard line.
The Warriors were not able to capitalize on the turnover and gave the ball back to the Aviators on downs at the 35-yard line.
Alliance was forced to punt after three unsuccessful plays. Parker Crim caught the ball at the 23-yard line and returned it to mid-field.
On the first play of the drive, Shaw rushed for 26 yards. An eight yard catch and run by Miller set up a Shaw 15-yard touchdown run with 1:01 remaining in the first quarter. The kick by Keefer was good and the Warriors led 21-0.
The Aviators took the kickoff and marched 60 yards on six plays to put their first points of the game on the board. The score came early in the second quarter off a 22-yard pass from Frazier to Jesse Geier. The extra point attempt kick was good.
On the ensuing Warrior drive, Miller dove for the pylon at the end of a 30-yard run into the end zone. The kick by Keefer was good and Carrollton stretched its lead to 28-7.
Drake Anderson halted an Aviator threat on Alliance’s next possession when he intercepted a Frazier pass in the end zone.
The Warriors capped off a 12 play, 80-yard drive with a 3-yard touchdown run by sophomore Chase Flanagan.
The kick by Keefer was good. The Warriors led 35-7 at the end of the first half. The Aviators opened the second half with a three-minute, 28-second touchdown drive capped off by a 14-yard touchdown pass from Frazier to Devontay Nickson. The kick was good and the Aviators now trailed 35-14 with 8:32 remaining in the third quarter.
A minute and 38 seconds later, the Warriors scored off of a 13-yard touchdown run by Miller. Miller capped off the scoring with a one yard touchdown at the end of the third quarter. The kick by Keefer was good.
When asked how it felt to get their first win after losing three games, McCort said, “It feels great obviously. This is a good team and we played very, very hard. We played assignment ball and the kids came out and did what they’re supposed to. All the credit goes to the way those kids played.”
“As banged up as we were I’m proud of all of our sophomores, juniors and all of our young kids. We’ve put them in hard spots and these kids keep coming out and keep working. We got better tonight and that what is you care about. The scoreboard feels nice but I was proud of our effort and to see the growth that we took.”
The Warriors will take the road Friday to take on the once-beaten Louisville Leopards at 7 p.m. Carrollton’s overall record is 3-4 and 1-3 in the Northeastern Buckeye Conference.
RUSHING: Alliance – 28-171, Carrollton – 45-401.
PASSING: Alliance – 9-20-2 99, Carrollton 3-7 32.
FIRST DOWNS: Alliance – 12, Carrollton – 22.
TOTAL YARDS: Alliance – 270, Carrollton – 433.
PENALTIES: Alliance – 4-45, Carrollton – 1-15.
DEFENSIVE SACKS: Alliance – 2-16, Carrollton 2-4.
TIME OF POSSESSION: Alliance – 27:08, Carrollton – 20:52.
RUSHING: Alliance – Howard Frazier 19-95, Duce Johnson 7-63 and Marcus Davis 2-13. Carrollton – Brenton Miller 21-219-4, Adam Shaw 11-78-2, Chase Flanagan 8-46-1, Jose Diaz 3-41, Jacob Knipp 1-9 and Parker Crim 1-8.
PASSING: Alliance – Howard Frazier 9-20-2 99. Carrollton – Adam Shaw 3-7 32.
RECEIVING: Alliance – Aeyron Williams 2-31, Devontay Nickson 2-23-1, Dayshawn Deprill 2-8, Jesse Geier 1-22-1, Austin Lilly 1-11 and Elijah Hill 1-4. Carrollton – Kyle Bullard 1-13, Jacob Knipp 1-11 and Brenton Miller 1-8.
QUARTERBACK SACKS: Alliance – Keith House .5, Tyler Williams .5, Xavier Terrell .5 and Jai’ron Bracket .5. Carrollton – Chase Flanagan 1, Teague Malone .5 and Kyle Bullard .5.