Top-ranked Carroll rolls past Northwest
Top-ranked Bishop Carroll keeps rolling against Northwest
When Bishop Carroll senior Bryce Harvey suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament before the season, it could have been a blow to the Eagles. Harvey is a talented, speedy receiver who was an All-City League player in 2011.
The Eagles are counting on Harvey returning for the postseason, but in his absence Matt Denning has proved to be a big-time receiver. He had two catches for 108 yards and two touchdowns as top-ranked Carroll improved to 5-0 with a 61-14 win at Northwest Friday night.
Running back Denzel Goolsby had 61 receiving yards on four catches. Running back Tory Smith is another option. He had one catch for 18 yards.
And Johnny Armstrong, who didnt play in 2011, had three catches for 50 yards, including a key fourth-down catch early in the second quarter.
I think what we have is a lot of depth at the receiver position, both outside and inside receivers, Carroll coach Alan Schuckman said. We always seem to have one or two guys to go to, but right now, we have a lot of options, plus three good running backs. Were pretty blessed.
Quarterback Zeke Palmer smiled when asked if he ever feels like he can throw to anyone when he steps to the line of scrimmage.
Thats every play, said Palmer, who was 10-of-15 passing for 237 yards in the first half. Our guys know what their jobs are. Theyre a smart group of receivers. If our first set of reads isnt there, theyll scramble and get open.
Our wideouts do a great job of getting away from the defense. Our inside guys do a great job of making the tough catches.
After two straight incompletions on Carrolls opening series, the Eagles were forced to punt. Northwest drove 59 yards on 10 plays to score the games first touchdown on a 31-yard pass from Chris Hughes to Deron Thompson.
Carroll responded with a 10-play scoring drive capped by Smiths 15-yard run that had six running plays, four passing.
Carroll took its first lead on a play-action pass, when Palmer found Denning over the middle. Denning, who won the Class 5A 400 meters in the spring, went 74 yards to give Carroll its first lead at 14-7 with 1:42 to go in the first period.
Palmer gave a nod to Armstrongs catch over the middle on the fourth-and-4 play from the Northwest 45 early in the third. It was a low snap, but Palmer picked it up and found Armstrong over the middle. Four plays later, Smith scored on a four-yard run for a 20-7 lead with 8:24 to go in the first half.
He made a heck of a catch, Palmer said of Armstrong.
Carrolls passing game caused problems for Northwest.
We thought we were controlling the line of scrimmage, but they start dinking-and-dunking with their passing game, so then your kids soften up on the run because theyre worried about the passing game, Northwest coach Steve Martin said. So then they can start hitting some things inside.
The Eagles defense did its part, holding Northwest to 140 rushing yards. Anthony Troilo and Josh Hornback both had interceptions. Troilos third quarter interception set up Hernandezs 13-yard scoring run, while Hornback returned his interception 36 yards for a touchdowns.
Carroll also blocked a punt, its third this season, setting up Smiths six-yard scoring run late in the first half.
That football team is one of the best football teams Ive seen, Martin said. Theyre special.
NWThompson 31 pass from Hughes (Steven kick)
BCSmith 15 run (kick blocked)
BCDenning 74 pass from Palmer (Palmer run)
BC_Smith 4 run (miss kick)
BCDenning 34 pass from Palmer (Smith run)
BCHernandez 16 run (Ohm kick)
BCHernandez 13 run (miss kick)
BCHornback 36 INT return (Ohm kick)
NWThompson 14 run (Stevens kick)
BCSkilling 35 run (miss kick)
RushingCarroll, Hernandez 5-53, Smith 9-39, Skilling 2-37, Newell 4-19, Palmer 2-19, Goolsby 6-(-1). Northwest, Thompson 19-72, Hughes 17-56, Colburn 3-11, Thurman 4-7, Brazell 5-(-2), Gaither 1-(-4).
PassingCarroll, Palmer 10-15-237-0. Northwest, Hughes 8-13-93-2.
ReceivingCarroll, Denning 2-108, Goolsby 4-61, Armstrong 3-50, Smith 1-18. Northwest, Thompson 1-31, Gaither 3-23, Beckner 2-20, Ortiz 1-11, Sutton 1-8.