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Friday night’s game at Bellevue (3-2) is probably one the Panthers would rather forget. Carroll County lost 48-6 in the pouring rain.
“We got taken to the woodshed, plain and simple,” head coach Mike Weedman said. “We weren’t ourselves. We had inopportune penalties that hurt us, and I think the weather also played a factor.”
Carroll (3-2) also was hit with three significant injuries. Quarterback John Michael Adams left the game in the first half with a muscle injury. Running back Kyle Prosser suffered a mild concussion in the second quarter. In the third quarter, wide receiver Raven Labrada also suffered a concussion.
None of the Panthers returned to the game after their injuries. However, Adams and Prosser will both be back for next week’s game at Walton-Verona, Weedman said.
On Bellevue’s first drive of the game, the Carroll defense put them in a third and long situation. But a personal foul penalty gave the Tigers a first down, which ultimately resulted in a touchdown.
Carroll answered as Jacob Wise caught a
touchdown pass from Adams to pull them within one. The Panthers fumbled the ball twice, but also were able to keep the Tigers from scoring.
Unfortunately, another costly mistake hurt the Panthers in the second quarter. After forcing a punt, the visitors were flagged for roughing the kicker, resulting in a first down and ultimately a touchdown, 14-6. The Tigers carried that momentum into halftime, leading 26-6.
The injuries really hurt Carroll’s offense in the second half, as they were unable to move the ball.
Weedman said the Tigers leaned on quarterback Tyler Ackerson in the first half, who threw for 132 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. He also made plays with his feet, rushing 11 times for 111 yards and two scores. “I was really impressed by the way they threw the ball in the rain,” Weedman said. “They did an excellent job at it.”
In the second half, Bellevue ate up the clock and yardage with All-State running back Dylan Huff, who finished the game with 103 yards and two touchdowns.
Adams was 6-10 for 106 yards and the touchdown through the air and rushed for 26 yards on the ground. Keifer McIntyre rushed for 19 yards, while Prosser was held to just 10 yards, and Wise rushed for four yards. The offense fumbled the ball four times.
“With a school like Bellevue with a deep football tradition, we have to come ready to play every Friday night in order to win,” Weedman said, of what he hoped his team learned from the game.
On defense, Logan McIntyre and Wise each picked off Bellevue. Caleb Guenthner led the team with 15 tackles and was named Player of the Week for his defensive performance.
In practice this week, Weedman said he talked to his team about responding. “All the goals they set for themselves in the summer are still attainable,” he said. “We’re still a good football team. We just got to continue to do things right if we want to achieve our goal.”
The Panthers end their four-game road streak at Walton-Verona Friday night. Coming into the season, the Bearcats (4-1) appeared to be the team to beat in 2A District 5 and have been taking care of business thus far.
The Bearcats feature running backs Mason Compton (349 yards and five touchdowns) and Chris Latimore (285 yards and six touchdowns). William Latimore also was figured to be a big offensive threat for Walton-Verona, but only has 44 yards on five attempts thus far. However, he leads the team in receiving yardage with 143 yards and a touchdown.
“We have to contain the running backs, first and foremost,” Weedman said. “We have to move the ball. We need to have long drives on offense to keep their offense off the field …
“They’re a very good football team who doesn’t make many mistakes.”