The Carrollton Trojans only needed one half of football to defeat region opponent Cass Colonels, as they cruised to a 50-14 victory Friday night at Grisham Stadium.
The Trojans (6-0, 4-0) had seven offensive possessions in the first half and came away with six touchdowns and one field goal. In the process, Carrollton also held the Colonels to four three-and-outs and recovered two fumbles.
But, despite the large margin defeat, the Colonels (3-3, 2-2) were able to score twice in the second half.
The first one was a touchdown pass by Logan Nelson to Tahj Dawson for a 23-yard score. The touchdown pass culminated a 10-play, 80-yard drive.
One possession later, Nelson threw his second touchdown of the night, this time to receiver Santino Jones for a 15-yard reception.
“I appreciate their effort against a really talented team. [Carrollton is] not ranked No. 2 in the state by accident; they’re really talented,” Cass football head coach Bobby Hughes said. “We found a way to keep working and going, and we got through it healthy. We kept fighting the whole time and now we’re ready to go into next week and get after it, show what we have.”
At the beginning of the game, Carrollton took the lead at the six-minute mark when kicker Damean Dominguez successfully kicked a 30-yard field goal.
On the Trojans' next possession, quarterback Myles Morris threw his first touchdown of the night, a 30-yard pass to teammate Brandon Marenco.
After Carrollton’s defense recovered a fumble deep into Cass territory, Morris completed a pass to Grant Briscoe for an 11-yard touchdown. The score gave the Trojans a 17-point lead with just over three minutes left in the first quarter.
Just before the end of the first quarter, the Trojans would find the end zone once again, this time on a 1-yard run by Morris. Dominguez missed the extra point and Carrollton led 23-0.
Early in the second half, Terrell Carmichael had a 25-yard touchdown reception as Morris found him down in the end zone.
Later in the quarter, Morris found Carmichael for the second time of the night, this time on an 80-yard touchdown to give Carrollton a 37-point lead.
Morris would go on to find the end zone one more time before the end of the first half when he completed a pass to Melvin Edwards for a 2-yard touchdown.
Mecose Todd scored the last touchdown of the night for the Trojans on the first play of the second half, after he rushed down the middle for a 61-yard score. The score by Todd gave the Trojans a 50-0 lead at the time.
Meanwhile, the Colonels are through their toughest tests of the regular season in Rome and Carrollton, and now will look to push forward toward a playoff berth when they host Hiram next week and travel to East Paulding the following week.
“Where we are as a program, the opportunity we have in front of us is an opportunity at Cass that hasn’t been there in a long time," Hughes said. “So we’ll prepare next week and see where the chips fall.”