REPUBLIC — Carthage senior Kendall Young led a punishing ground attack with three scores as the Tigers spoiled Republic’s Homecoming festivities with a 34-7 Central Ozark Conference romp.
Young rushed for a game-high 154 yards, including a touchdown run of 43 yards on the fourth snap of the second half.
“My line and wide receivers were blocking everything great. All I had to do was get to the holes,” Young said. “Our line was making holes you could drive a car through. It was nice.”
He notched 93 yards in the decisive second half. After a nip-and-tuck game before the break, Young said the halftime message was simple.
“We told our line that we needed to go back to doing things the way we know how,” Young, a senior, said; “stop making things so complicated and be the more physical team. Republic’s a physical team, probably the most we’ve played all year.”
“It was good to come out and see what we’re capable of doing.”
Carthage (5-1) scored 27 unanswered points after Republic scored on its second offensive drive.
Republic (3-3) mustered only 31 yards in the second half after 177 before the break.
Meanwhile, Young was one of two Carthage backs to break the century mark on the ground.
Junior Trey Collins, the speed to Young’s power, ran for 115 yards, 71 in the second half.
“Trey’s a lot faster than I am,” Young said. “He’s quick, he can juke. I like to put my shoulder into somebody when I need to gain a few extra yards. It works out great, we have two different styles of running so we can keep a defense on its toes.”
Senior receiver Dausen Gourley rushed for two scores on 36 yards, including a 23-yard score on a reverse.
Sophomore running back Clay Newman ran Carthage into a first-and-goal situation with 42 yards on the Tigers’ final mop-up time drive. Carthage let time expire.
“I think we really relied on our depth. That’s something great about this team is we have so much depth,” Collins said. “We have a lot of guys who can step up.”
Jerney Jones, Republic’s resident end zone magnet, found pay dirt yet again — a 45-yard catch-and-run down the left sideline in the first quarter.
Jones had 69 total yards. Carthage recovered his fourth quarter fumble and used a short field to drive the proverbial stake. Young broke to the corner for an 18-yard touchdown run on the very next play, shedding a bevy of Republic defenders able to grab nothing but fists of jersey.
Carthage hosts Branson next week. Republic will face off against Willard in the News-Leader’s Game of the Week.