Six different Chargers saw the end zone in the Carroll football team’s 56-12 win Friday over Wayne (2-7). Carroll finished its regular season with a 7-2 record two weeks ahead of its sectional opener at Warsaw.
“Those are memories that will last forever for all those guys — getting guys touchdowns, getting guys receptions,” Carroll Head Coach Doug Dinan said. “Boden Hite had a big night, Mason (Englert) had a touchdown. We’re pleased, we’re happy and we’re excited about the first round of the playoffs coming up.”
The Chargers scored 42 of their 56 points in the first half Friday, while Wayne was limited to just a pair of touchdowns in the second quarter. Carroll started off hot with a 21-point lead, scoring the first three touchdowns of the game — an 11-yard passing touchdown by junior quarterback Jeff Becker to senior tight end Dyllan Floyd, a 1-yard rushing touchdown by Becker, and a 5-yard rushing touchdown by senior offensive lineman Kyler Bills.
Another trio of Carroll touchdowns came in the second quarter, including a 5-yard rushing touchdown by Becker; a 50-yard catch in the end zone by Englert, a senior; and a 7-yard touchdown reception by Hite, another senior playing in the final regular-season game of his high school career.
Becker threw a second 7-yard touchdown pass to Hite to open up second-half scoring, and junior running back Luke Carmody scored the final touchdown of the night on an 11-yard run with the handoff by senior quarterback Logan Swain in the third quarter.
Wayne’s two touchdowns came on a 5-yard run by Christian Flannigan and an 84-yard touchdown pass by Aidan Meek to Shawn Collins.
“Any time you can be victorious, it’s always a positive feeling,” Dinan said. “We got to play a lot of guys and finish with some guys at the end of the game who haven’t seen a ton of time, and that’s always very positive. We’re very pleased with our senior leadership throughout the whole regular season, and that showed here. Very easily, you can come into this game and be flat, and you can be down, but I think we played at a high level tonight.”
Becker accounted for four touchdowns Friday, completing 13 of 19 pass attempts for 186 yards in the air and adding 34 rushing yards. Englert earned a team-high 89 receiving yards, and Hite added 50 yards to his two touchdowns on the night. Carmody, handling 11 carries through three quarters of play, rushed for 128 yards in the absence of fellow junior AJ Lazoff.
“Luke does a great job,” Dinan said of Carmody’s performance. “AJ had received a concussion, and he was cleared to play, but we didn’t need to see him on the field and we kept him off the field playing it safe. He’s ready to go and he’ll be on the field against Warsaw. They both are kind of different guys. AJ is real fast and catches the ball well out of the slot, and Luke reads the blocks really well and is a downhill guy. They’ve both done a great job serving as the tailback, and we’re going to continue to roll with those two guys and possibly see them both on the field at the same time.”
The Chargers’ defense amassed seven tackles for loss — three by junior Liam Ottenweller and one each by sophomore Brady Glasper, juniors Tucker Steely and Brady Glasper, and senior Reeve Muncie. Ottenweller also had a sack. The defense forced a punt, a turnover on downs and two fumbles on four of the Generals’ last five offensive drives. One of those fumbles was recovered by Carroll junior Maddix Flaugh.
The Chargers have Friday off before they travel to Warsaw (7-2) for the first round of Class 6A sectionals Oct. 30. The Tigers are coming off a 35-17 win over Concord for their first share of the Northern Lakes Conference since 2001.