‘Cats defense forces five turnovers in 57-2 routPublished 11:55pm Friday, October 18, 2013
The Benjamin Russell Wildcats have had little problem putting points on the scoreboard this season.
Against the Caroll-Ozark Eagles, that task came a little easier to the Wildcats, as they routed the Eagles 52-7 on the strength of five forced turnovers.
“Defensively, I thought we played one of the better games we’ve had all year long,” said Wildcats football coach Danny Horn.
Benjamin Russell marched down the field to start the game, and their opening drive was punctuated by a Chase Burton plunge into the endzone.
From that point, the game unraveled for the Eagles, and the Wildcats pounced on every opportunity.
The Eagles coughed up the ball on their first possession, and the Wildcats (7-1, 6-0 in region) turned the short field into a Collin Sharpe field goal.
After forcing two more fumbles, which were converted into LaBrenikin Johnson touchdown runs, BRHS found itself up 17-0 at the end of the first quarter.
“They turned it over three times, and they gave us a short field to work with,” Horn said. “When you have a short field, you ought to be able to score points. It was a great team effort.”
Despite having built an early lead, the Wildcats weren’t done capitalizing on the Eagles’ gaffes, and Caroll-Ozark wasn’t done making them.
After the Eagles fumbled for a fourth time, the Wildcats made them pay, compliments of Johnson, who ended BRHS’ next drive with his third rushing touchdown of the half to put the team up 31-0.
Eric Varner then got in on the turnover action, as he ended the Eagles’ (3-5, 3-3 in region) next drive by coming up with an interception on the first play.
Later, Bryant Horn found Rod Hunter for a 65-yard touchdown toss, which made the game 38-0.
The points kept coming for the Wildcats, as Ellis Holloway scampered into the end zone to increase the Wildcats’ lead to 45 before halftime.
The Wildcats were able to control the point of attack for much of the contest. The Eagles’ offense was completely stonewalled, only gaining 13 yards of total offense in the first two quarters.
“I thought the offensive line played really well,” Horn said. “We expected Carroll to be physical, but I felt that we were the more physical team. If you dominate the line of scrimmage on both sides, you’re going to win the game, and that’s what we did tonight.”
When the starters were pulled, Carroll was able to generate some offense, scoring it’s only touchdown in the mid-third quarter.
Benjamin Russell’s Rodney Carroll responded with a 92-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, which made the game 52-7.
With Carroll out of the way, the Wildcats turn their attention to the toughest parts of their schedule. Benjamin Russell hosts Eufaula next Friday in a matchup that will decide the region championship.
“We’ve outmanned our last several opponents,” Horn said. “But it’s going to be a four-quarter game from here on out. The players know it, and the coaches know it. I think the kids realize the importance of a region championship and what comes with that. Hopefully we have a good week of preparation, and we’ll be ready to go.”
Johnson had 97 yards rushing on 13 carries to go with his three scores. B. Horn was 7-of-10 for 152 yards and one touchdown. Hunter had 94 yards on two catches.