CARMEL Kasey Correa has had quite a summer and fall.
In three games this season, he ran for more than 400 yards and six touchdowns.
Correa ran for 117 yards on 14 carries from scrimmage and added another 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown as part of a three-TD night as the Rams beat the Raiders 28-14.
The win ups Carmel’s season mark to 4-0. North Rockland is 1-3.
The Raiders, who amassed negative yards in the first half, actually led 6-0 in the first quarter, thanks to a 60-yard scoring strike from Dylan Senatore to Wyatt Brooks.
Its other score occurred with 3:07 left when Michael Cintron picked up an errant Carmel snap and sprinted 89 yards.
Carmel’s other touchdown came on a Joe Rodriguez-to-Quinn Willman strike for 82 yards.
Both Correa and Carmel coach Todd Cayea said before the game that North Rockland would be the Rams’ biggest test to date.
Carmel gave North Rockland quarterback Dylan Senatore little breathing room. At one point, it sacked him on three consecutive plays.
Player of the game: The senior Correa, who only played half of the season last year after moving from Pennsylvania to Carmel at the beginning of the school year, was the game-changer, which has been his role pretty much all season
Turning point: Carmel had only a 7-6 lead when Correa let the second-half kickoff drop and roll (he said he actually missed it) before picking the ball up and scampering 95 yards for the score.
Stat line: Correa’s other two touchdowns were of 14 and 8 yards. Willman had three receptions for 101 yards and a score and Rodriguez was 5-for-9 for 107 yards and the TD to Willman.
Quotable: Of his kickoff return, Corr
ea said, “It was amazing. I saw a little hole my blockers created and I just hit it.” He noted that at the half his offensive line said they were going to get him into the end zone. “I believed them. My line will do anything for me,” he said.