by Jordan Miller
The Warriors proved that scoring late is better than not scoring at all as they shut out their rival, the Minerva Lions, in a 10-0 victory at Community Field Aug. 1 in front of a sellout crowd.
Both squads named honorary captains for their first alumni football game. The honorary captains for Minerva were family members of the late Storm Angione, a Minerva football player who passed away suddenly in an automobile accident last November. CarrolltonÕs honorary captain was former Carrollton football player Carl Miller, 91, a 1941 graduate of CHS. The Warriors won the toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff.
Minerva and Carrollton both had alumni cheerleading squads and Minerva had an alumni band.
Participants in the game had graduation dates that ranged from 1987 to 2014.
During the return Kevin Butterfield, a 1987 graduate of CHS, was hit and fumbled the ball giving the Lions possession on the Warrior 26 yard line. Dustin Kempf, a 2003 graduate of CHS, quickly answered by intercepting a thrown ball by Kevin Kirkpatrick, a 1997 graduate of MHS, at the one-yard line leaving the Warriors pinned to their own end zone.
After two quarters full of passing, running, and heated moments, the game remained scoreless, as the Lions were to receive the kickoff to start the second half.
Both teams were off to a slow start while staying scoreless until the last 12 seconds of the third quarter when Carrollton kicker Ben Knotts, a 2012 graduate of CHS, made a field goal to put the Warriors up 3-0. Storm Mohn, a 2013 graduate of CHS, pulled in a touchdown reception with 3:58 left in the game while being defended in the corner of the end zone to extend the lead 10-0.The Warriors won the football game and MVPs were named for each team: David Eick, 1996 graduate of Minerva, and Kevin Butterfield, 1987 graduate of Carrollton.
The game was sponsored by Alumni Football USA, www.alumnifootballusa.com.