By Jordan Miller
The Warriors ended their season on the road with a 49-21 victory over long time Northeastern Buckeye Conference (NBC) rival Minerva.
Three Warriors recorded their first touchdowns of the season as quarterback Adam Shaw connected with Jose Diaz, who had two touchdowns on the night, and Kyle Bullard. Brody Robinson rushed for his first touchdown of the season late in the game against the Lions.
Brenton Miller, Shaw and Chase Flanagan combined for 336 rushing yards in the win over Minerva Friday night.
Carrollton scored in each of the four quarters as they scored once in the first, twice in the second, twice in the third and twice in the fourth.
For the second time this season, Taylor Keefer, the first and only female to ever score a point in a Carrollton football game, tied the record for the most extra points scored in a game with seven. She previously tied the record against Alliance. She shares the record with Ben Knotts.
Minerva took first possession of the game but was forced to punt after being held to a three-and-out. Lion Dominic Slentz punted the ball to Carrollton’s Parker Crim who called for a fair catch at the 50-yard line.
Shaw kept the ball for a 15-yard gain. Miller took a pitch and was brought down just short of a first down at the 28-yard line.
The Carrollton offense had two receivers lined up on the left side of the field, and one on the right side while Shaw and Miller were in the shotgun. Shaw took the snap from center Jakob Green and hit Bullard stride for stride to put the first points of the game on the board. The Keefer kick was good and the Warriors led 7-0 with 8:53 remaining in the opening quarter.
Bryce Mohn kicked off for the Warriors and Minerva’s Jason Campbell returned it to the 22-yard line.
After multiple runs by Coy Mullins, the Lions turned the ball over on downs at the Warrior 10 yard line.
Miller took the handoff and fought for a few tough yards that were wiped way due to a holding penalty that moved Carrollton back to the five-yard line.
On third-and-long, Shaw was able to scramble for 18 yards to keep the drive alive as the Warriors converted a first down. Miller carried the ball up the middle for another first down conversion as the first quarter ended.
Miller took the handoff to the right side of the field and picked up 11 yards before the pigskin was knocked loose and recovered by Minerva’s Kyle Gulling at the 50.
Minerva quarterback Broc Croston carried the ball for a 5-yard pickup; a late hit out of bounds tacked on 15 more yards moving the Lions to the Warrior 32 yard line. Mullins carried the ball to the 27, but a false start moved the Lions back to the 32-yard line. Gulling caught a Croston pass to gain nine yards moving the Lions to the Warriors 23 yard line. Mullins took the ball to the right side of the line and cut in and out before bouncing it to the outside and beating Carrollton’s defense to the end zone. A Zerick Banner extra point kick tied the game at seven with 10:08 left in the second quarter.
Shaw matched the Lions touchdown with a 5-yard keeper. Keefer’s point after kick was good and the Warriors were back on top 14-7 with 7:11 remaining in the half.
Miller added another touchdown, as he broke free for a 26-yard run. Keefer’s kick was good and the Warriors led 21-7 with 3:52 remaining in the opening half.
Croston and the Minerva offense drove the ball to the Warrior two-yard line before Croston scored off a quarterback keeper.
The Warriors led 21-14 at the half but outscored the Lions 28-7 in the second half.
Carrollton opened the third quarter with a 59-yard Shaw pass to Diaz for a touchdown three plays into the half. Keefer’s kick was good and the Warriors extended their lead to 28-14 with 11:11 in the third.
It didn’t take long for Minerva to match the Warriors as Mullins sprinted 66 yards for a touchdown to cut the deficit in half.
But the Warriors held the Lions there as they went on to score three unanswered touchdowns to put the game away.
Shaw ran 10 yards for another touchdown in the third quarter.
Diaz ran a sweep from the left side of the field for a 5-yard score. Robinson took a handoff late in the fourth for the game’s final score.
“This was truly a team win from the offensive line, to Brenton Miller running the ball, to Flanagan, to Adam playing injured, to Brody, to the way the receivers were playing down field,” said Carrollton Head Coach Eric McCort. “I can tell you these kids really wanted to win this for these seniors. We ran some plays just to see how they [Minerva] were going to line up to it and some plays kind of just happened.”
McCort noted, “I was glad obviously for Jose to get his first touchdown and I really wanted Brody, for all the years he’s done things, to get a touchdown because he had never gotten (an offensive) one.”
When asked about Taylor Keefer’s performance McCort said, “She does a great job and I love the fact that our soccer coaches and our soccer program allows for kids to come out and I hope that some of our kids can see that if they want to do both we’ll work with them. She does an unbelievable job, she’s a great girl, she works hard and the great thing is that she has gotten stronger as the year has gone on. Her kicks have gotten better and her kicks are getting farther and farther away.”
The Warriors ended their season with a 5-5 overall record and 3-4 in the NBC.
Minerva ended their season winless.
Carrollton will graduate nine senior this season: Robinson, Green, Drake Anderson, Cory Leonard, Teague Malone, Bryce Mohn, Trevor Renz, Bubba Howell and Chuck Smith.
RUSHING: Minerva (MHS) – 250, Carrollton (CHS) – 385.
PASSING: MHS – 11-21 111, CHS – 8-16 169.
FIRST DOWNS: MHS – 15, CHS – 21.
TOTAL OFFENSE: MHS – 361, CHS – 554.
FUMBLES/LOST: MHS – 0, CHS – 2-1.
PENALTIES YARDS: MHS – 7-40, CHS – 5-60.
DEFENSIVE SACKS: MHS – 1-7, CHS – 1-2.
TIME OF POSSESSION: MHS – 26:42, CHS – 21:18.
RUSHING: MHS – Coy Mullins 26-225, Adam Gross 5-14, Jason Campbell 2-6, Hunter Worstall 1-4, AJ Vassilliu 1-1 and Broc Croston 5-0. CHS – Brenton Miller 14-129-1, Chase Flanagan 3-116, Adam Shaw 18-91-2, Drake Anderson 1-16, Parker Crim 1-15, Brody Robinson 1-10-1 and Jose Diaz 2-8-1.
PASSING: MHS – Broc Croston 11-21 111. CHS – 8-16 169.
RECEIVING: MHS – Kyle Gulling 3-43, Adam Gross 3-22, Dakota Romano 2-21, Coy Mullins 2-10 and Jason Campbell 1-15. CHS – Jose Diaz 3-68, Kyle Bullard 2-34, Drake Anderson 1-32, Jacob Knipp 1-25 and Cory Leonard 1-10.
DEFENSIVE SACKS: MHS – AJ Vassilliu 1. CHS – Brenton Miller 1.