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Panthers close regular season with 52-20 rumble at Dayton

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By Dave Taylor

Carroll County overcame a few obstacles en route to a 52-20 blowout win over Dayton for a road win Friday.

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While the final score might indicate an easy game it wasn’t a case of the Panthers totally annihilating their hosts on both ends of the field. Carroll County made some mistakes that Head Coach Mike Weedman and his staff will be looking to correct before the Panthers enter post-season play this Friday.

While the Panthers’ rushing strategy was well executed their passing came up empty. Carroll County had 34 carries amassing 287 yards on the ground but generated only six first downs in the contest. Carroll gave up 85 yards in penalties on the night.

Junior Carson Butcher had a big night for the Panthers with 235 yards rushing in 19 carries, including three touchdowns.

Senior Brody Newby scored on an 81-yard kickoff return in the second quarter and successfully kicked five point-after attempts. Sophomore Brandon Franklin had a 56-yard kickoff return in the fourth quarter. Seniors Ben Schirmer and Tyler Gross also scored touchdowns for the Panthers.

Senior Juan Badillo booted a 37-yard field goal in the first quarter. A 38-yard attempt later in the game was blocked by Dayton and returned for a score.

“We had some ups and downs,” Weedman acknowledged. “At times we played a little groggy. But Carson ran the ball real well. He had a good night. It was a good team win overall. Everybody we called on came through for us.”

Dayton generated 139 yards in the air and had 90 yards rushing on 29 carries for an offensive total of 229 yards on the night. The Green Devils managed 12 first downs and three touchdowns, including the 55-yard return of the blocked Badillo field goal attempt.

“That one letdown on defense sticks out to me the most about the game as far as letdowns are concerned,” Weedman said.

Carroll County takes a 7-3 record on the road Friday night to begin post-season play at Scott High School in Kenton County. The Panthers will face off against Covington Holy Cross (5-5) in the Class 2-A KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl.

“Their record is not indicative of the type of team they are,” Weedman said. “They are very big and they take it to the air a lot.”

Game time is 7:30 p.m. Scott High School is located at 5400 Old Taylor Mill Road in Taylor Mill, Ky.