Carmel gets revenge, edges Trinity 10-7

Carmel gets revenge, edges Trinity 10-7

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Carmel gets revenge, edges Trinity 10-7

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Revenge was sweet for Carmel. The loss could be painful for Trinity.

Nick Stacy’s 42-yard field goal with 34.4 seconds left in the game boosted the Greyhounds, the No. 1 team in Indiana’s Class 6-A Associated Press high school football poll, to a 10-7 victory over the host Shamrocks Friday night.

In addition to the loss, the Rocks (0-2) also saw their starting quarterback, Ryan Young, leave the game in the fourth quarter after taking a hard hit to the head. Coach Bob Beatty said Young would be evaluated each day, preferring to err on the side of caution.

Trinity had a chance to score on the game’s opening drive as they marched 63 yards to the Greyhounds’ 11 before Young’s pass was intercepted by Landon Sinnis. It was a sign of things to come for the Rocks. They would fumble the ball away two possessions later and follow that up by turning the ball over on downs in Carmel (2-0) territory on the ensuing two drives.

Defensively, the Rocks stood just as tall, forcing the Greyhounds to turn it over on downs twice in the first half as well. But the Greyhounds finally broke through with 4:38 left in the half on Michael Viktrup’s three-yard touchdown run. The 10-play, 57-yard drive started off a failed fake punt by Trinity and was aided by consecutive encroachment penalties by the Rocks.

Trinity would finally catch up by capitalizing on a poor punt that gave it the ball on the Greyhounds’ 42. Five plays later, Donald Brooks’ two-yard sweep tied the game with 1:24 left in the first half.

It would stay that way for nearly two quarters. Neither team would get closer than their opponent’s 25-yard line the rest of the game.

Carmel coach Kevin Wright had a chance to use Stacy for a 42-yard kick with three minutes left in the game, but he opted to go for it instead. While Stacy hadn’t kicked from that distance all season, Wright said he was also concerned about his other inexperienced players, including his snapper, on special teams.

 Carmel High School’s Michael Viktrup (12) is tackled by Trinity High School’s Alex Reisert (15) during the second half of play at Trinity High School in Louisville, Kentucky. August 29, 2014

But after Rodjay Burns fumbled the ball and Carmel recovered at the Rocks’ 32 with 2:49 left, it set the stage for the junior kicker to come through in what Wright called a “bowl game” atmosphere.

“The second time around, I said ‘Let’s roll with Nick,’ ” he said.

His kick from the middle of the field split the uprights and had plenty of distance. It also helped Carmel erase memories of last year’s 42-35 home loss to Trinity.

For Beatty, he’s using this as a teaching moment for his team, with the goal of getting the Rocks ready for district play and the postseason. With 22 state titles, he said no one in Louisville will feel sorry for this team.

“You’re going to go through rough times,” he said. “You have two choices: tighten the gloves or hang them up.”

Carmel 0 7 0 3 10
Trinity 0 7 0 0 7

C – Michael Viktrup 3 run (Nick Stacy kick); T – Donald Brooks 2 run (Andrew Deye kick); C – Stacy 42 FG.

C T
Total yards 281 314
First downs 14 17
Rushes-yds. 44-143 39-163
Comp-Att-Int 10-21-0 17-27-1
Passing yards 138 155
Fumbles-lost 1-0 2-2
Penalties-yds. 3-10 8-40
Punts-avg. 3-30 2-31

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