By the end of Friday night, Jeff Becker had lost count of his nine touchdowns. The Carroll quarterback threw eight touchdown passes and ran one into the end zone en route to a 76-48 Charger victory over North Side — but he was more content to start looking ahead.
“We go back to film, we see what we did wrong and get our scheme ready for Week 4,” the junior quarterback said.
Becker’s eight passing touchdowns are a new school record, and his 460 passing yards on the night smashed the previous single-game record by nearly 80 yards. The Chargers also came within three points of their 79-point single-game scoring record, which was set after a 79-7 win over DeKalb in 2013.
“There’s not many times where you put up 48 in a night and lose, so it was definitely a fun night, a good matchup and a really fun win,” Becker said of the Legends’ efforts. “... North Side’s a really good team. They put up a really good fight, and coming in we knew it was going to be a shootout. You don’t get a much better game than that.”
North Side, coming off a 27-14 loss against Bishop Dwenger in Week 2, came out swinging Friday, answering a 26-yard touchdown catch by Carroll’s Jameson Coverstone with a 30-yard touchdown pass by quarterback Duce Taylor to Adrian Sewell. Taylor followed that up with a 25-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Turner, after Carroll’s one and only punt of the night, to take the lead 13-7.
Becker facilitated the second lead change of the game with a 38-yard touchdown pass to Hunter Mertz on the Chargers’ ensuing drive, before North Side took the lead once again with another scoring catch by Turner early in the second quarter.
At that point, it looked like Carroll was off to the races, as Becker threw another touchdown pass — this time to Mason Englert from 38 yards out — and tacked on a rushing touchdown of his own. The Chargers then took a 17-point lead after halftime, forcing a fumble that was recovered by Jorge Valdes and carried to the end zone.
Taylor answered with another touchdown pass to Sewell, but Becker was able to find Englert in the end zone once again to keep the Legends at bay. Both teams enjoyed back and forth scoring through the remainder of the third quarter: a 3-yard rushing touchdown by North Side’s Ja’Suan Lambert, a 68-yard touchdown pass by Becker to Englert, an 11-yard touchdown pass by Taylor to Brauntae Johnson, a safety against Carroll, and a 3-yard rushing touchdown by Mertz to put the Chargers up 55-41.
Aside from one more touchdown pass by Taylor with 11:13 left to play, the Chargers were able to pull away by forcing three punts and a turnover on downs on the Legends’ last five possessions of the game. All the while, Carroll’s offense kept tacking on points. In the fourth quarter, Becker added two touchdown passes to Coverstone — one from 35 yards and one from 20 yards — as well as a 48-yard touchdown pass to Englert with 3:32 left in the game.
Becker connected with each and every one of his receivers through the night, but it was Englert that stole the show, racking up 306 yards and four touchdowns in the air. Coverstone had 87 yards and three touchdowns, and Mertz added 38 receiving yards, one receiving touchdown and one rushing touchdown. Becker completed 21 of 31 pass attempts in a game that saw Carroll’s average scoring drive last just 53 seconds.
“Jeff is a great QB,” Englert said of Becker. “He’s phenomenal — he makes plays happen. Any receiver, he’ll hit him.”
“Mason’s my guy,” Becker added. “We know what we do going into the game. I’ve got people across the board. All four of my receivers that are on the field, or five, they’re going to make the plays, and I trust every single one of them.”
On the defensive end, Carroll’s Michael Dierckman recorded a sack, and Craig McGinnis had an interception.
Friday’s win brings the Chargers to 3-0 on the season. Carroll and Bishop Dwenger are the only SAC teams to remain undefeated through three weeks of the regular season so far.
“Everything was working — it was a team effort,” Becker said. “Our O line had probably the best game they’ve ever played. Our receivers caught every single pass I threw them, even if it was a bad ball. Everything was clicking — we had high energy on the sidelines.”
The Chargers will face Northrop on the road Friday. The Bruins (2-1) are coming off a 42-33 loss to Wayne.