Carroll falls at Henry

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By Kristin Beck

After a strong first half at Henry County, tied 7-7, the Carroll County football Panthers struggled to start the third quarter and were unable to recover, ultimately falling 36-7.

Head coach Lee Downey said the team felt confident that they could compete against the Wildcats coming into the game.

Henry County struck first in the opening quarter on a five-yard run by Cameron Johnson. Carroll County tied the game right before halftime, as Isaiah Hogan connected with Logan McIntyre for a 15-yard-touchdown pass. Kicker Angel Medina added the extra point.

“At halftime, the feeling in the air was amazing,” Downey said. “The playershad excitement on their faces and were ready to finish the second half. I simply told them at half to keep their heads–play fast and stay confident.”

Unfortunately, a series of miscues derailed the Panthers’ efforts. Bad snaps and a safety drained the Panthers’ confidence, Downey said. Henry County’s Bodie Clark scored on two TD runs in the third quarter, 23-7.

In the fourth, Johnson intercepted one of Hogan’s passes and took it 61 yards for a score and capped off the scoring with a 21-yard TD run.

Carroll’s offense managed just 89 yards compared to 239 for Henry. Hogan was 7-17 for 54 yards, with one touchdown and one interception. Cameron Rose led the team with 13 carries for 57 yards. Kyle Prosser carried the ball nine times for 18 yards and Orlando Vasquez rushed once for three yards. McIntyre caught two passes for 28 yards and a score. Skyler Sturdivant caught two passes for 11 yards, and Prosser also hauled in two catches for nine yards. Shawn Sturdivant caught one pass for six yards.

On defense, McIntyre intercepted a pass from Henry’s Trevyn Spencer, and Jake Robertson recovered a fumble. Rose led the team in tackles with nine-and-a-half, nine solo.

Heading into this Friday night against Switzerland County, Downey said the team is very well prepared. “The players have been coached up physically and mentally, and we feel we are ready to compete throughout our full game,” he said. “I have challenged the players to play through adversity and develop a confident swagger despite one play. We have a great team and a lot of talent. It is simply just time to play the way we have worked and actually are.”