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Carrollton shuts out Louisville 21-0

By Bob Evans
Sports Editor

Carrollton High School football
Carrollton quarterback Zade Deitz takes a snap from center Stephen Ericksen near the endzone in last Friday's 21-0 win over Louisville.

The year, 1935.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt was President and the United States was in the midst of the Great Depression.

The average cost of a gallon of gasoline was 10-cents, bread cost 8-cents a loaf and the unemployment rate was still over 20-percent.

That was the last time a Carrollton football team shutout Louisville, in a defensive struggle 7-0.

The loan touchdown was scored by Carl Stevens who ran into the end zone from one and one half yards out.

Last Friday night, 77-years later; on homecoming night at Community Field, the Warriors downed the Leopards 21-0 for their second shutout of the season.

It was only the second time the Warriors have defeated the Leopards in the 22-year history of the Northeastern Buckeye Conference. The last time was 2004 by the score of 33-12, also at Community Field.

The win improves the Warriors to 5-2 overall and 2-2 in the NBC.

“Pride doesn’t quite cover for what I am feeling for these kids tonight,” said Carrollton Head Coach Eric McCort. “These are the kids I am used to seeing. The reality is we let a couple of weeks get away of who we really are and this is the result of us getting back into who we are. The kids are realizing that we have to go out with this kind of effort every week.

“It was a heck of an effort tonight by our boys against a real good Louisville team.”

All the scoring took place in a span of four minutes in the second quarter as the Warriors were able to take advantage of opportunities.

“That is something we were not able to do the last two weeks,” McCort said. “We have got to put the ball in the end zone and put points on the board when we have the opportunities.”

McCort credited offensive coordinator Butch Wood for putting together a great game plan.

“I thought Butch (Wood) did a great job of calling this game,” McCort said. “Even with a backup quarterback who has limited playing time he was able to get him ready to play this week.”

Senior Jake Peterson got the Warriors on the board with a 49-yard touchdown run with 7:30 left in the second quarter.

The short two-play drive was set up by the Warrior defense, which had stopped the Leopards on fourth down.

Carrollton got on the board again 22-seconds later. On the first play following the kickoff, Stephen Cole put a crushing hit on the Leopards’ Alex Schooley, knocking the ball loose. It was recovered by Garett Davis.

Starting at the Leopards’ 24-yardline, it only took the Warriors two plays to get into the end zone. Peterson ran for 23 on first down and senior Cody Stragan followed with a 1-yard plunge for the touchdown.

The Warrior defense came up big again with 5:42 left in the second when senior linebacker Austin Miller intercepted Louisville quarterback Jeremy McQuilkin’s pass.

Five plays later, sophomore running back Tyler Dodd scored from four yards out. Daniel Leary kicked his third extra point to give the Warriors a 21-0 lead with 4:15 left in the first half.

There would be no further scoring in the game, but the Warriors did control the clock with their running game as they held a 30:41-17:19 advantage in time of position. Carrollton rushed the ball 53 times for 204 yards.

Peterson led all rushers with 114-yards on 23 attempts, while senior Caleb Moyer added 24 yards on just two carries.

Dodd, the Warriors leading rusher, was held to just 12 yards in limited action due to an ankle injury.

Sophomore quarterback Zade Deitz, who is hampered with a knee injury, directed the Warrior offense even with his limited mobility.

McCort had nothing but praise for his two Warriors.

“Being banged up and coming out tonight and playing through it, they never once asked to come out of the game,” McCort said. “We had to go out and take them out. To me that is character and I could not be prouder of those two young men.”

The Warrior defense held the Leopards to just 150 total yards and forced six turnovers - three fumbles and three interceptions.

“That was part of our game plan to get pressure on their quarterback,” noted McCort. “We are a pressure defense. We were also able to disguise our defenses to confuse their quarterback. They didn’t know if we were man (man-to-man) or zone. When they can do that great things happen, like a shut out.”

Davis had two fumble recoveries and senior Richard Anderson one. Making interceptions for the Warriors were Miller, Moyer and senior Storm Mohn.
Stragan led the defense with nine tackles, including a quarterback sack and four tackles for losses. The defense recorded seven tackles for losses.

For Louisville, McQuilkin and Trent Ohman led the Leopards on the ground with 42-yards each. McQuilkin connected on 12-of-26 passes for 72 yards and two interceptions.

Carrollton will be on the road Friday night at Alliance. The Aviators, 1-6 overall and 1-3 in league play, picked up their first win of the season last Friday with a 44-14 win at Salem.

Parrish Martin rushed for 67 yards on 16 carries and scored twice on runs of 30-yards. He also returned an interception 55 yards for another score to lead the Aviators.

LOUISVILLE:    0    0    0  0 -  0
CARROLLTON: 0  21   0  0 - 21

CARROLLTON: Jake Peterson 49-yard run (Daniel Leary kick)
CARROLLTON: Cody Stragan 1-yard run (Daniel Leary kick)
CARROLLTON: Tyler Dodd 4-yard run (Daniel Leary kick)

FIRST DOWNS: Louisville - 9, Carrollton 13. RUSHING: Louisville 21-78; Carrollton 53-204. PASSING: Louisville - 12-27-3-72, Carrollton - 2-3-0-19. TOTAL YARDS: Louisville - 150, Carrollton 223. PENALTIES: Louisville - 0-0, Carrollton - 6-50. FUMBLES/LOST: Louisville 3-3, Carrollton 0-0.

RUSHING: Louisville - Jeremy McQuilkin 9-42, Trent Ohman 10-42, Walter Schrock 1 minus 2,  Connor Zwick 1 minus 4. Carrollton - Jake Peterson 23-114, Caleb Moyer 2-24, Storm Mohn 4-20, Lynk Tranter 2-18, Cody Stragan 4-16, Tyler Dodd 6-12, Zade Deitz 7 minus 13. PASSING: Louisville - Jeremy McQuilkin 12-26-3-72, Trent Ohman 0-1-1-0. Carrollton - Zade Deitz 1-1-0-22, Storm Mohn 1-2-0 minus 3. RECEIVING: Louisville - Trent Ohman 6-39, Alex Schooley 3-11, Alex Holifield 2-15, Trevor Hostetler 1-7. Carrollton - Lynk Tranter 1-22, Jake Peterson 1-minus 3.
DEFENSE: Fumble recoveries: Carrollton Garett Davis 2, Richard Anderson. Interceptions - Austin Miller, Storm Mohn, Caleb Moyer. Sacks: Carrollton - Cody Stragan 1, Tyler Dodd and Connor Mosley 0.5.

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