at Joe Brown Park, Thursday (Oct. 19) Week 8, District 10-4A game
Records: McDonogh 35 6-1 (2-0); Carver 4-3 (0-1)
SCORE BY QUARTERS
McDonogh 35 7 | 8 | 0 | 13 | 28
Carver 0 | 7 | 0 | 6 | 13
PLAYER OF THE GAME
LeJohn Howard, McDonogh 35 - The senior may not have had his best night statistically, but he delivered when his team needed him. He ran for a one-yard touchdown in the second quarter and later found fellow senior Lawrence Keys for a 26-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.
HOW IT WAS WON
Both teams got off to rough starts but McDonogh 35's first drive was extended thanks to a punt that hit a Carver player and was recovered by the Roneagles.
They took advantage and found the end zone on a one-yard run by Jordan Griffin. Following the extra point, McDonogh 35 took a 7-0 lead.
The Rams would pull even early in the second quarter taking advantage of a 32-yard punt return by Gary Young, setting Carver up in the red zone. Two plays later quarterback Izea Hurst burst into the end zone from seven yards out, bringing the score even at 7.
McDonogh 35 coach Wayne Reese settled his team down and the Roneagles answered with a 10-play, 76-yard drive that concluded with a LeJohn Howard 1-yd run. With the two-point conversion, McDonogh 35 took a 15-7 lead at the half.
Following a scoreless third quarter, the Roneagles got off to a strong fourth quarter start as they put a stop to a Ram red zone possession and followed it up with a long drive that ended with a 26-yard touchdown pass from Howard to Lawrence Keys.
McDonogh 35 would add another score on an Eddie Tillman 14-yard touchdown run and even though Carver answered with another touchdown by Hurst it was too late as the Roneagles ran out the clock to seal the 15-point victory.
- Friday's game was the district opener for Carver
- Friday's win marked the third consecutive year that the Ronealges have topped the Rams. During that stretch McDonogh 35 has outscored Carver 79-33
THEY SAID IT
Howard: "It's great to get this kind of win as we move forward and go into the playoffs. It was a playoff atmosphere and we expected that. This win means a lot and we are going to celebrate and get back to business for next week."
McDonogh 35 Coach Wayne Reese: "I worked at Carver for over 14 years and every guy you got on the staff, I coached. They know me and I know them. It was like a homecoming and we were going to put our best out. They (Carver Rams) have some good football players, some really good football players and we thank God that we were able to what we wanted to do and come out victorious."
Carver: 146 yards of total offense: 77 rushing; 69 passing
McDonogh 35: 318 yards of total offense: 169 rushing; 149 passing
MCDONOGH 35 INDIVIDUAL STATS
Rushing: Tillman, 18-92, TD; Griffin, 12-45, TD; Howard, 7-21, TD; Jaden Henderson, 1-11
Receiving: Keys, 6-96, TD; Deddrick Clark, 2-19; Jared Miles, 1-16; Tillman, 1-14; William Poole, 1-4
Passing: Howard, 11-25, 149, TD
CARVER INDIVIDUAL STATS
Rushing: Hurst, 17-71, 2 TD; Randolph Armstead, 2-7; Corey Johnson, 2-2; Jimmie Cooley, 1-1; Justin London, 2- (-4)
Receiving: Lynarise Elpheage, 2-8; London, 1-30; Gerald Burton, 1-13; Keyon Clark, 1-12; Young, 1-9; Cooley, 1- (-3)
Passing: Hurst, 7-11, 69; London, 0-1, 0
Mc35 - Griffin 1 run, (Dedrrick Clark kick), 7:56, 7-0
Carver - Hurst 7 run, (Angel Armendariz kick), 3:42, 7-7
Mc35 - Howard 1 run, (2pt good), :23, 15-7
Mc35 - Keys 26 pass from Howard, (Clark kick), 7:38, 22-7
Mc35 - Tillman 14 run, (2pt no good), 2:40, 28-7
Carver - Hurst 3 run, (Armendariz kick fail), 1:57, 28-13
NEXT UP: Both teams return to action next Friday at 7 p.m. McDonogh 35 will visit Easton. Carver will host Lake Area in its final home game of the regular season.