Saturday, April 20, 2024

Carlisle Pounds M-U

Laughlin Field

Carlisle, OH

Coach Bret Pearce knew that his M-U Bulldogs had an extreme challenge ahead of them on Friday Night.  When asked about the match-up Pearce staed, “We certainly have our work cut out for us. They are big, strong, and fast. There is a reason they’re 5-0.”  They are also the number four ranked team in the state of Ohio for a reason, and they showed on Friday that they are not all hype by physically dismantling the Bulldogs in front of an enthusiastic crowd of Indian supporters.

M-U had possession of the football first and started strong with a Jake Finfrock eleven yard run.  Finfrock found some success in the Carlisle defense throughout the game, but as was the case on every possession, M-U had to punt three plays later.  What happened next set the tone for the entire contest.  Carlisle fielded the punt on their own thiry-five, and after a lateral, set up a perfect wall along the far side line.  Devastating block after block sprang Jordan Jacobs for a touchdown.  Following the extra point, Carlisle led 7-0.

The second possesson of the game was the same for M-U and following the punt, Carlisle’s offense flexed its muscle.  A fifty-three yard drive in 4:22 culminated with a Nick McGill two yard touchdown run, and the Indians led 14-0.

The third possession for M-U ended again after three plays, and the first quarter ended with Carlisle again at the M-U twelve yard line looking to make this into a laugher.  At the end of the quarter Carlisle had 160 yards to M-U’s eight.  This possession, however, ended differently.  Cody Hill stepped in fron of a Carlisle pass to start the second quarter and intercepted the football in the endzone to breathe new life into the Bulldogs.

The M-U offense responded with the best drive of the night with a twenty-seven yard drive to close to midfield, but again the drive stalled and after the punt, Carlisle marched on an eighty-one yard drive culminated with another Jacobs’s touchdown making the score 21-0 with four minutes remaining in the half.

More of the same on the next M-U drive, but this drive ended with an Adam Martin interception, and the Indians took the return back to the M-U thirty-five yard line.  Only 56.7 seconde remained in the half, but that was enough time for Carlisle to score.  Nick Reyolds found McGill in the end zone with a perfect twenty-two yard pass play and the half ended with the Indians in command at 28-0.  They had racked up 314 yards of total offense in the half along with that sixty- five yard punt return to start the game.  M-U was held to seventy-eight yards total offense.

If anyone thought the first half was an aberration, that notion was soon dispersed.  Carlisle marched seventy-seven yards on nine plays and moved the scoreboard seven more to 35-0.  All M-U possessions in the second half ended in punts, and Carlisle added one more touchdown with a forty- three yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter.  The rest of the game was filled with back-ups from both squads, and the final score read 42-0.

M-U will regroup this week  and head to Preble Shawnee on Friday night.

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Mike McDermott is publisher of several web news properties, including this one. Long time resident, and local business owner, Mike McDermott lives in the downtown and fiercely defends Tipp City's honor at home and abroad.
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