Previous games had taught Carroll the dangers of becoming a one dimensional team.
So on Friday night when the quick Carroll defense took away Boone’s ability to run the ball, they knew the path to a homecoming victory became a lot more clear.
Both the offense and the defense shined on a dark Friday night as the Tigers obliterated Boone in a 55-13 victory.
“I thought the defense did a great job of just flying to the ball,” said head coach Dennis McCartan. “We took away the run game in the first quarter really. So they couldn’t run the ball. We’ve been in a spot when a team becomes one dimensional, they are going to face a lot more problems than they can solve.”
With Boone unable to move the ball on the ground against a quick Carroll defense, they were forced to pass. However the backs and defensive unit of Carroll shut down many of the passing lanes for Boone. As a result, Boone’s offensive possessions lasted three plays before a punt.
While Boone’s offense was stalling out, Carroll’s was cooking early on. It seemed their attack worked from all angles.
“We didn’t play tentative tonight,” McCartan said. “We were confident in what we were doing, and we had success on first down offensively, which is what you want. It was awesome to see that.”
In the first half of the game Carroll would move the ball down field through the use of runs. When they needed to they put the ball in senior quarterback, Colby Vincent’s hands. His receivers were able to break free several times, and twice in the first half. Once when Luke Woosley caught a 22-yard touchdown pass. Another time when Ryan Johnston broke free for a 21-yard touchdown pass.
In the first half the only miscue for Carroll was an interception that set Boone up inside the Carroll 10. As a result Boone would score their only offensive touchdown of the night.
In the second half the running game was set up after an early Carroll pass play.
Following a Slade Sibenaller interception the Tigers went to the air and Vincent connected with Colby Christensen who was running an sideline streaking pattern. After getting a step on his defender, Christensen hauled in the slightly overthrown pass with one hand, and then out raced the Boone defense 50-yards down the field.
For the rest of the half it seemed whatever Carroll wanted to do on offense would work.
“We knew that if we had success on first down then we could run,” McCartan said. ““With success on first down we were able to run sweep, trap, and sweep-pass. We were able to get a few big plays out of that, including Christensen’s touchdown pass.”
Carroll scored three times in the third quarter alone. Two on passing plays and another on a 7 yard touchdown run by Korey Nieland, his second of the game.
“We felt we were able to get the edges on Boone,” McCartan said about a weakness his coaching staff saw in Boone’s defense. “We were able to run sweep with a number of different players. Once we were able to do that we were able to run trap and power plays on the inside. When we came out in the I-formation, honestly, anything we called there would work. We couldn’t make a mistake in that formation.”
Carroll added two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter, a 20-yard run by Cade Schable and an 8-yard score by Levi Riesberg.
Overall the Tigers finished their game with over 400 yards of offense.
Vincent completed nine of 12 passes for 222 yards and four scores and an interception. Luke Woosley caught five passes for 95 yards and two scores. Christensen had two catches for 69 yards.
Tory Feldman caught a pass for 37 yards. Johnston had one catch for 21 yards and a score.
Nieland led the Tigers with 90 yards rushing and two scores. Johnston added 76 yards on the ground. Brennon Kofron finished with 43 yards. Schable’s 20-yard score was his only run of the night. Woosley added 42 yards rushing.
Sibenaller led the team with 5.5 tackles. Ty Nissen and Eliot Tidgren both had five tackles on Friday. Jack Troutman added 4.5 tackles.
Sophomore kicker Elijah Lee made seven of his eight PAT kicks.
Carroll is 3-3 on the year and will play Perry next week in Perry.