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Heavy-hearted Warriors fall to top ranked Dukes

By Bob Evans
Sports Editor

CHS football
A pair of 74’s go at it during the Carrollton-Marlington game Friday night at Marlington. Carrollton lineman Dakota Maple (right) blocks Marlington’s Matt Jakubiak. The top ranked Dukes came away with a 34-14 conference win.

LEXINGTON TWP: The players and coaches walked silently onto the football field, each carrying a red rose.

Each placed their rose neatly behind the Carrollton bench in a semicircle where the Carrollton cheerleaders would be cheering on the Warriors.

Carrollton High School Principal Dave Davis addressed the nearly standing-room-only crowd at Marlington High School, telling them of the life of Carrollton cheerleader McKayla Hoopes, who died Thursday afternoon in a traffic accident.

The Carrollton band played the school alma mater, followed by a moment of silence while black and white balloons were launched over Marlington Stadium.

“It was a difficult day for all of us,” said Carrollton Head Coach Eric McCort.

But even with heavy hearts, a game had to be played.

Marlington went into Friday’s game against the Warriors ranked at No. 1 in Division III in the state.

The Dukes didn’t do anything to change their ranking as they defeated the Warriors 34-14 in a Northeastern Buckeye Conference game.

The loss, the second in a row for the Warriors, saw Carrollton fall to 4-2 for the year and 1-2 in the NBC.

The Dukes remain undefeated.

Marlington senior Dymonte Thomas, a Michigan recruit, had a huge game. He rushed for 242 yards on 26 carries and scored on runs of 4, 19, 5 and 77 yards. He also passed for another Marlington score. And, on defense, he recorded seven solo tackles and intercepted a Warriors pass.

The game was much closer than the score indicates.

Carrollton had chances, but couldn’t take advantage of them.

They came away from the Red Zone three times with no points.

They turned the ball over on an interception at the goal line in the first quarter, kicked a field goal attempt just wide right in the third and lost the ball on downs in the fourth quarter.

“Again we didn’t take advantage of our opportunities,” McCort said. “That has to go to coaching first. We have to get better at what we do. Then the execution will come next.”

Neither team scored in the first quarter.

Marlington scored with 3:25 left in the half on Thomas’ first touchdown.

But the Warriors countered, in a short three-play drive, and tied the game at 7-7 with three-minutes left in the first half.

That score came after a fourth-down snap went over the punter’s head and was recovered by the Warriors’ Jake Peterson who scored on a 5-yard run.

Marlington took a 14-7 lead just before halftime on an eight-yard pass from Thomas to Dan Kimko.

In the third quarter Marlington was the only team to put points on the board, scoring on a 19-yard run by Thomas. He scored with 10:20 left in the game on a 5-yard run to widen the Dukes lead to 21-7.

The Warriors scored their second touchdown on an 80-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Zade Deitz to junior Lynk Tranter with 9:33 left in the game.

Marlington put it away with 5:04 left in the game on a 77-yard run by Thomas.

For the Warriors, sophomore Tyler Dodd led the way on the ground with 31 yards on eight carries. Senior Jake Peterson followed with 27 yards on nine attempts and Deitz finished with 19 yards on eight carries.

Deitz suffered a leg injury early in the game and was hobbled most of the contest. He hit just 5-of-25 passes for 129 yards and a touchdown.

For the Dukes, quarterback Shawn Kirk hit 6-of-11 passes 50 yards.

The Warriors will host Louisville Friday night at Community Field. The Carrollton fall homecoming queen will be crowned before the start of the game.

Louisville was a 13-8 winner over visiting Alliance last Friday night.

Trent Ohman scored on an 88-yard punt return in the fourth quarter to give the Leopards the NBC victory. Ohman scored the Leopards’ other touchdown on a 12-yard pass from backup quarterback Jeremy McQuicken.

The win improved the Leopards to 4-2 for the year and 2-1 in the NBC.

CARROLLTON:     0   7  0    7 - 14
MARLINGTON:      0 14  7  13 – 34


MARLINGTON: Dymonte Thomas 4-yard run (Austin Wade kick)
CARROLLTON: Jake Peterson 5-yard run (Daniel Leary kick)
MARLINGTON: Dan Kimko 8-yard pass from Dymonte Thomas (Austin Wade kick)

MARLINGTON: Dymonte Thomas 19-yard run (Austin Wade kick)

MARLINGTON: Dymonte Thomas 5-yard run (Austin Wade kick)
CARROLLTON: Lynk Tranter 80-yard pass from Zade Deitz (Daniel Leary
MARLINGTON: Dymonte Thomas 77-yard run (kick failed)

FIRST DOWNS: Carrollton 10; Marlington 21. RUSHING: Carrollton 28-82; Marlington 51-319. PASSING: Carrollton 5-22-3-129; Marlington 7-12-0-58. TOTAL YARDS: Carrollton 211; Marlington 377. PENALTIES: Carrollton 2-15; Marlington  4-20. FUMBLES/LOST: Carrollton 0-0; Marlington 1-1.

RUSHING: Carrollton - Tyler Dodd 3-31, Jake Peterson 9-27, Zade Deitz 8-19, Caleb Moyer 2-4, Austin Miller 1-1. Marlington - Dymonte Thomas 26-242, Dylan Byelane 8-37, Shawn Kirk 13-31. PASSING: Carrollton - Zade Deitz 5-21-2- 129, Storm Mohn 0-1-0-1. Marlington - Shawn Kirk 6-11-50, Dymonte Thomas 1-1-8. RECEIVING: Carrollton - Lynk Tranter 2-86, Storm Mohn 2-47, Jake Peterson 1 minus 4. Marlington - Jake Walker 4-43, Dan Krupko 1-8, Dymonte Thomas 1-7, Steven Masters 1-0.

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