It was the first shutout of the season for Carroll, and what better time than after their first loss, before a rivalry matchup and on the first Friday night of 2020 with students in the stands?
“One of the big things we wanted to accomplish this week was just to play Carroll football,” junior quarterback Jeff Becker said of the Chargers’ 66-0 homecoming victory Friday over South Side. “We had a hard-fought loss last week, so we wanted to get back to our roots, and obviously next week we have Homestead, our rival, so we’re focusing on what we do best and executing.”
In total, six different Chargers reached the end zone Friday.
The Chargers gave the Archers the biggest scoring deficit of their 1-5 campaign so far, continuing Carroll’s 6-week-long streak of leading the Summit Athletic Conference in total points scored this season. The Chargers are averaging more than 50 points per game after Friday’s win, as they move to 5-1 on the season to remain in a three-way tie for first in the SAC alongside Bishop Dwenger and Homestead.
Becker threw four touchdown passes and ran one in Friday, despite playing only one half. He completed 12 of 19 passes for 228 yards, and two-thirds of those completions went for more than 20 yards.
Wide receiver Mason Englert had another successful outing, catching four of five targets for 116 receiving yards and scoring three touchdowns all in the first quarter. Becker also connected with Jameson Coverstone on a 26-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.
Running back Aiden Lazoff scored two rushing touchdowns on the night — including a 53-yard run to the end zone in the second quarter — while collecting 81 yards on five touches. Junior Luke Carmody added a 24-yard rushing touchdown to close out the first half. Carmody averaged more than 12 yards on his four carries.
The second half saw several more upperclassmen get in on the action. After a 37-yard field goal by sophomore Sebastian Lopez in the third quarter, quarterback Ayden Williams hit fellow senior Dyllan Floyd in the end zone for a 19-yard touchdown pass. Senior Anderson Walukeba, stepping in at the running back position, tacked on 54 rushing yards on six attempts in the second half, including a 24-yard gain in the third quarter.
“They’re always working hard in practice. It just shows on Friday night, and I’m glad they got the opportunity tonight,” Becker said. “It was a team effort, everyone got playing time, everyone showed what they could do at the varsity level — and it was really awesome to see.”
Carroll put points on the board on 10 of their 11 offensive drives Friday, while the defense forced seven South Side punts and a fumble that was recovered by Carroll’s Cade Dinan. Junior Tucker Steely also added his first interception of the season, and Mark Murray, Jordan Hixson, Walukeba and Joe Shiffler each recorded a sack on the night.
The Archers were held to just 137 total yards of offense.
The Chargers were coming off their first loss of the season, falling to Dwenger 31-21 on Sept. 19. The team will travel to Homestead on Friday. The Spartans defeated North Side 56-36 in Week 6 to extend their winning streak to five.
“We’re going to have to play fast, physical football. That’s what it’s going to come down to,” Becker said. “We’re both great teams, and it’s whoever wants it more.”