Peabody's Glen Roberson (22) carries the ball Friday against Carroll. / Tia Owens-Powers/ firstname.lastname@example.org
“It was a tough loss,” Warhorses football coach Anthony Hicks said. “We had bright spots but we had some key mistakes that cost us the game.”
Midway through the fourth, with the game tied at 6, Carroll’s defense forced a fumble, allowing the Bulldogs’ offense to take possession at the Peabody 11-yard line. On the ensuing drive, Carroll quarterback Keion Beard threw a quick screen to Austin Davis who cut back to the middle of the field and then proceeded to outrun the Warhorse defense for an 89-yard score. The big play gave Carroll a 12-6 lead.
“We watched them on tape and they are real aggressive up front,” Carroll coach Jackie Hamilton said. “And we figured we could slip a screen or two in there and we stood a good chance taking it all the way. That came from studying film.”
Peabody tried to answer on its next drive, but the Bulldog defense stuffed Warhorse running back Glen Roberson on a fourth and one to take over on downs.
Peabody’s defense would give the Warhorses one last chance with 1:13 left in the game. However, on the final drive, Peabody fumbled with Carroll recovering the ball.
Both defenses played well as the two teams combined for only 453 yards of total offense. The Peabody offense accounted for 208 total yards.
“Tonight we played Carroll High School defense,” Hamilton said. “Last couple of games, we didn’t play as well on defense, but tonight they stepped up and made great strides going forward.”
Hampering the Peabody offense was penalties as the Warhorses had 12 penalties for 95 yards.
“The penalties did hurt us tonight,” Hicks said. “Any time you have a lot of penalties its always going to hurt you.”