Despite a strong third-quarter effort from the Bruins’ offense, Carroll was able to turn a first-half shutout into a 54-21 homecoming win Friday against Northrop.
Although quarterback Jeff Becker ended the night with a pair of interceptions — one of which was returned by the Bruins for their first touchdown of the night early in the second half — the Carroll senior led the Chargers to their third straight victory in a game in which Carroll never brought its punting unit out on the field. Becker finished the outing with 66 rushing yards and 134 passing yards, connecting with 12 of 23 targets for three touchdowns, including two contested completions in the end zone to sophomore Hansen Haffner in the second quarter. Haffner reeled in 5 of 6 passes for 45 yards and back-to-back touchdowns for Carroll to assist in a 34-0 Charger lead going into halftime.
In addition to Haffner’s pair of touchdowns, the Chargers’ first-half scoring included a 36-yard field goal by Evan Jester, a 6-yard touchdown pass by Becker to senior receiver Jameson Coverstone, a pick six by sophomore linebacker Justin Anderson and a 48-yard kick through the uprights by junior Sebastian Lopez to end the half.
“It’s really beautiful to see our young guys come out here and perform,” junior linebacker Dylan Bennett, who picked up a team-high six solo tackles for the Chargers, said. “Hansen Haffner’s only a sophomore and he’s out here racking up yards. You don’t really get to see that often. I’m proud. Jameson Coverstone is an awesome wide receiver, Gabe Starks is an amazing wide receiver. Our whole wide receiver corps and offense is just amazing, and to see Jeff Becker and what he has and what he can give to the team is just awesome.”
Carroll’s defense took the ball away on six Northrop drives in the first half, forcing four punts, a lost fumble and an interception. That dominance continued into the second half with another pair of Northrop punts and an interception by the Chargers’ Jorge Valdez before the Bruins managed to reach the end zone on their final two drives of the night.
Friday’s win followed a 40-0 victory at North Side, putting the Chargers at 3-1 on the season and showing the rest of the SAC what Carroll’s defense is capable of.
“We’re going to let them know we’re here,” Bennett said. “Every article that we’ve seen tells us that our defense is weak, can’t play the run, can’t play the pass, so all my guys are here to show them that we can.”
Carroll put points on the board on eight of 10 offensive possessions Friday. Second-half scoring for the Chargers included a 29-yard rushing touchdown by senior back Luke Carmody, a 3-yard rushing touchdown by Carmody to follow and a 5-yard run to the end zone by backup quarterback Owen Scheele late in the fourth quarter.
“To come out here with this team and to have Jeff Becker back on the offense, it’s just flat out amazing to be able to play how we do every single week,” Bennett said. “It’s just up from here — that’s really how it is.”
Northrop didn’t score until a minute into the second half with the pick six by Rashawn Boone from the Bruins’ 45. They scored again on a 3-yard pass by Roosevelt Norfleet to Dane Kilby following a 30-yard kick return by Mykell Nabors. That proceeded a 13-yard receiving touchdown by Kilby in the fourth quarter after the Bruins managed to recover an onside kick late in the game.
Carmody led the Chargers’ rushing attack with 162 yards on 12 carries while Coverstone had a team-high 49 receiving yards on three catches.
The Chargers will hit the road in Week 5 to face the 3-1 Bishop Dwenger Saints, who are coming off their first loss of the season to 3-1 Homestead, 37-21. The last time Carroll defeated Dwenger was in 2017.
“We’re coming,” Bennett said. “Just keep watching.”