Class 6A No. 1 Carmel leads second-ranked Warren Central 14-10 at halftime. A few thoughts and observations from the first half:
>>>Warren Central missed a big opportunity at the end of the first half. Jordan Leach hit Donnell Johnson on a 29-yard pass to the Carmel 3. Leach then spiked the ball, leaving Warren Central with 10 seconds remaining. Mykelti Williams came in at quarterback and ran for a yard to the Carmel 2. But the Warriors were out of timeouts and unable to stop the clock before the first half ended. Ouch. Big missed opportunity in a game like this.
>>>Leach seems to be finding his way in the passing game. He’s 10-for-12 for 94 yards and has found Johnson five times for 63 yards. He’s also rushed eight times for 49 yards, leading both sides in rushing yards.
>>>Carmel’s offense started hot, but hasn’t picked up a first down since the first quarter. The big play was the 80-yard bomb from Isaac James to Collin Pearson to give Carmel a 7-0 lead on its first drive. Carmel ran the ball well on its second drive, which ended with a 5-yard TD run by Chris Perkins. Since then, Warren Central’s defense has stuffed the Greyhounds.
>>>Carmel is without starting quarterback Michael Viktrup, who injured his ankle late in last week’s 37-14 win over Ben Davis. James can do the job, but having Viktrup allows James to do other things. Curious if Carmel coach Kevin Wright might turn to sophomore Thomas Stone at some point.