By Jordan Miller
Despite wet weather conditions at Cartwright Memorial Field Friday, the Carrollton Warriors went to war against the Edison Wildcats and came out of the battle with a 35-0 win. Carrollton scored 28 points in 10 minutes and 48 seconds during the second half to improve their record to 1-1 on the season. “We have to put two halves together,” said Carrollton Head Coach Eric McCort. “Last week we came out and had a great first half and we fell off in the second half. This week we fell off in the first half and came out strong in the second.”
Carrollton won the coin toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff. Drake Anderson returned the kickoff to the Warrior 25-yard line to set up Quarterback Adam Shaw and the Carrollton offense. After two failed run attempts that set up third and long for the Warriors, Shaw connected with Junior Jacob Knipp for a 15-yard gain to set up and first-and-10 at the Warrior 42-yard line. Junior Brenton Miller, who is averaging 5.3 yards per rush this season, took the hand off from Shaw and ran to the left side of the line for a 4-yard pick up. On the next play Miller followed his blocks to the left side of the line for a gain of 4-yards to set up third-and-2. The Warriors drew a Wildcat defender into the neutral zone with a hard count and a 5-yard penalty was assessed moving the Warriors into Wildcat territory with a new set of downs. Miller rushed for 19-yards and a first down before Shaw threw an interception to Edison’s Dakota Bryan. Edison took over at their 19-yard line.
Edison quarterback Joey Nave took the field with the Wildcat offense and connected with Nick Glenn for a gain of 2-yards and running back Dakota Clifton rush to the Edison 23-yard line. The hard count drew two back-to-back off side penalties against the Warriors resulting in a first-and-10. The Wildcats moved the ball into Warrior territory but Carrollton’s Ryan Shepherd brought down Nave in the backfield for a sack. On the next play Shepherd flushed Nave out of the pocket and the rest of the Carrollton defense did its job to force an Edison punt.
The Warriors started at their own 20-yard line but were unable to convert a first down on three attempts. Marcel Poracky punted the ball for 27 yards. Edison took over at their own 47. On the third play of the Edison drive Chris Kosegi pushed up on the middle and lost the ball: Jacob Knipp recovered the fumble for Carrollton. The Warriors started the drive at their own 44-yard line but were unable to capitalize on the turnover and were forced to punt after three plays. Edison started at their 34-yard line but the Warrior defense held the Wildcat offense scoreless and did not allow them to convert the first down. Following an Edison punt, the Warriors started a drive that resulted in the first score of the game from their own 30-yard line. Shaw connected with Jose Diaz on a bubble play for 17 yards; Miller then added four yards on a rushing play. Cory Leonard caught a pass for 5-yards and Miller received a pitch from Shaw for another 8 yards.
On a fourth and long play, Shaw dropped back to pass but his protection broke down. He stepped up into the pocket, took off and gained 16 yards and a first down. On the ensuing play, Knipp caught the ball and went up the right side of the field and dove into the endzone for a 22-yard score. The kick by Taylor Keefer was good and the Warriors took a 7-0 lead with 1:12 remaining in the first half: a lead they took into the lockeroom at halftime.
Bryce Mohn of Carrollton kicked off to start the second half as a hard rain began to fall. The Warrior defense held the Wildcat offense in check as the field conditions began to get slippery. On the next drive, the Warriors took the ball to the Wildcat 2-yard line but were unable to put points on the board. The Wildcat offense was unable to move the ball and punted to Carrollton’s Parker Crim. Crim called for a fair catch but
the ball slipped through his hands and an Edison player fell on the loose ball. The Wildcats now had new life and a fresh set of downs at the 50-yard lin
e. The Warriors forced another Wildcat punt and took over at their own 17-yard line to start the scoring frenzy near the end of t he third quarter. Miller ran for 32-yards and Diaz caught a pass from Shaw for 23-yards to quickly move the ball to the Wildcat 15. Shaw connected with Knipp who ran down the left side of the field, lowered his shoulder and crossing the end zone for his second score of the night. Kick was good by Keefer and the Warriors now led 14-0 with 2:23 left in the third quarter.
Carrollton added to their lead when Nave threw a pass from deep in their own territory and Anderson intercepted the ball and returned it 34-yards for a touchdown. The kick by Keefer was good. Warriors led 21-0. Carrollton forced another three and out by the Wildcats and started their next drive at the Edison 32-yard line. Miller took a handoff from Shaw, started to his left and realized there was no where to go, cut to the middle and broke free for a 32-yard touchdown. The extra point kick by Keefer was good. Warriors led 28-0 with 9:09 left in the game.
With a 28-point lead, Coach McCort replaced Shaw with Crim at the quarterback position. On the ensuing drive, Crim took the snap and busted through the line for a 73-yard touchdown run with 4:15 left in the game. The kick by Keefer was good and the Warrior lead stretched to 35-0.
“I’m pretty proud of the team,” said Miller of his teammates. “We didn’t come out as fast or play as good of a first half as we wanted, but we finished the way Warriors should.”
“We faced a good team,” added McCort. “They had a great game plan going for us and we kind of knew that they would with having some coaches that know our offense and know our system and they know some of our calls.” McCort credits his half time adjustments to his coaching staff. “Our halftime adjustments are what did this for us and the coaches did a great job and our players understood what we were trying to do.”
The Warriors will travel to Claymont (0-2) Friday night to close out non-conference play. Game time is 7 p.m.
TEAM STATISTICS: RUSHING: Edison – 30-66, Carrollton – 25-215. PASSING: Edison – 6-19 130, Carrollton – 8-15-2 104. FIRST DOWNS: Edison – 5, Carrollton – 16. TOTAL YARDS: Edison – 97, Carrollton – 319. PENALTIES: Edison – 4-35, Carrollton – 4-25. FUMBLES/LOST: Edison – 3-2, Carrollton – 2-1. DEFENSIVE SACKS: Edison – 2-21, Carrollton – 3-12. TIME OF POSSESSION: Edison – 24:55, Carrollton – 23:05.
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS: RUSHING: Edison – Joey Nave 13-27, Dakota Clifton 11-18, River Pappas 2-14, Nick Glenn 2-7 and Chris Kosegi 2-0. Carrollton – Parker Crim 4-95, Brenton Miller 12-92, Adam Shaw 17-53 and Chase Flanagan 1-1. PASSING: Edison – Joey Nave 6-19 31. Carrollton – Adam Shaw 8-15-2 104. RECEIVING: Edison – Nick Glenn 3-0, Dom Rogers 1-24, Cameron Redovian 1-7 and Dakota Clifton 1-0 Carrollton: Jacob Knipp 3-52-2, Jose Diaz 3-45 and Cory Leonard 2-7. QUARTERBACK SACKS: Edison – Liam Mcafoose 1 and Dom Rogers 1. Carrollton – Ryan Shepherd 1, Jacob Knipp 1 and Kyle Bullard 1.