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2010 season ends for Carroll County football team

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By Kristin Beck

Big plays spoiled Carroll County’s chances of winning a playoff game this season, as the Panthers fell 55-17 to the Holy Cross (Covington) Indians at Scott High School Friday night.

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“They weren’t as good as I thought, but love to have that one back, love to have that game back,” Carroll County head coach Mike Weedman said.

Weedman said there were four mistakes by his team that changed the course of the ball game.

The first came on the opening possession when senior Ric Reichert’s punt was blocked after the offense went three-and-out. The Indians recovered on the Carroll County 9-yard line and scored three plays later to go up 7-0.
Later in the quarter, sophomore Tyshawn Embs broke outside for a run but was stripped of the ball. The fumble was recovered by Holy Cross and converted into a touchdown. 

Senior Juan Badillo gave Carroll County its first points of the game with a 24-yard field goal with 48 seconds to go in the first quarter, 14-3. On the ensuing kickoff, Holy Cross junior Justin Kohake fumbled, but the Panthers were unable to recover and the Indians returned it to the Carroll County 27-yard line. Senior quarterback Jerry Arlinghaus threw a touchdown pass on the next play to junior Eric Walker to put the Indians up 20-3.

Following another score by the Indians, Panthers junior quarterback Trent Downs threw an interception that was returned to the Panthers’ 11-yard line with 3:13 to go in the half. Holy Cross scored on the next play to increase their lead to 35-3. They would score once more to lead 42-3 at half time.

“I know that you say that that sounds like a lot of mistakes and it is a lot of mistakes, but honestly, I don’t want to come off as arrogant because I try to be humble in everything I do, but we dominated them on the line of scrimmage on the offensive side of the ball,” Weedman said.

Carroll County racked up 240 total rushing yards on the night, and junior Carson Butcher scored his first of two touchdowns on an 8-yard run with 3:21 to go in the third quarter following a muffed punt by Holy Cross.

He scored again with 6:15 remaining in the fourth quarter, and junior Ben Newby converted a two-point conversion on a fake field goal to score the final points of the game.

Butcher rushed 30 times for 154 yards. Embs racked up 77 yards on 11 attempts, and junior Travis Branum rushed three times for 9 yards.

“The offensive line blocked great,” Weedman said. “I saw several times we were knocking them down; the blocking set that up. It was a good team effort on the offensive side of the ball.”

Downs finished the game 3 for 7 for 4 yards and one interception.

Senior Brody Newby had two catches for eight yards, while sophomore Dillon Craig had one catch for -4 yards.

Unfortunately for the Panthers, their costly mistakes gave the Indians a short field to work with for the majority of the night. Arlinghaus was 7 for 10 for 161 yards and three touchdowns, and the Indians ground game racked up 113 yards on 19 carries.

In his postgame speech, however, Weedman and his coaches focused on the overall picture and what this year’s seniors have meant to the team and to the football program.

Weedman told his players that they had nothing to hang their heads about and that he and the community were proud of them. He also challenged the underclassmen to step up and to be ready to fill the large void that will be left by this year’s 13 seniors.

“I can’t tell you how proud I am of this senior class, of what they’re going to leave behind,” he said. “… When they were freshman, we were 2-9 and it seemed like we had so far to go. It seemed like yesterday that we were 2-9, and I think they’ve made tremendous progress in a very little amount of time. … I don’t know if these underclassmen will ever understand the sacrifice that these seniors made.”