Three Things: Carroll Football Week Three

Carroll 58 - 8 North Side

Joe Hacker, Sports Editor

Another week, another win and the Chargers are starting to look like a real contender in the SAC this year.

After another dominating performance, albeit an expected one this week, the Chargers have themselves positioned nicely to be playing meaningful games in the second half of the conference season, especially following Homestead’s loss to Luers on Friday night.

The Chargers scored first before allowing North Side to take an 8-7 lead in the first quarter. That didn’t last long however as the Chargers started to pour it on the Legends soon after, scoring all 51 unanswered points on the backs of Gaven Vogt and Camdyn Childers who got together for four touchdowns on Friday.

Rhett Saylor ran for another two to follow up his performance against Snider where we scored three touchdowns on 23 carries.

However it was the Charger defense that showed something new on Friday. The defense held North Side to 186 yards but created three turnovers and to go with much more and because of that, they’ll be the focus of this weeks three things.

  • The most noticeable player on defense was Lincoln Lantz. The Junior safety was always in the right spot, racking up three interceptions, a fumble recovery, and then stripped another player of the ball on the weirdest play of the season.  Lantz got it done Friday in multiple ways, back tracking and getting in the air for his first two interceptions and then falling to the ground to snag a tipped pass for his third of the night. Lantz also made his presence felt on special teams. After Kameron DeWald blocked a punt early in the game, Lantz was right there to help recover the ball. Then in the second half, the Chargers were forced to call on Trevor Horton for a field goal, that kick was blocked with North Side recovering and heading back down the field before Lantz chased down the ball carrier and stripped him of the ball at the North Side 39 yard line but was knocked out of bounds before being able to make it further than a yard or two.
  • There were some new names making noise in the Charger’s front seven this week. After just six total tackles in the first two games of the season, Terrell Griffin dominated on the line this week making seven tackles. The best part of those seven tackles, the fact that four of them were sacks and that those sacks added up to a loss of 28 yards for North Side. To illustrate how much of a difference that is from the rest of the year, the Chargers total number of sacks coming in to this game was just one. Another standout performance on defense came from Max Green. Green made eight tackles against North Side, which was double his season total prior to kickoff. Just for good measure he added in a sack for an eight yard loss to give the Chargers six sacks on the game.
  • Lastly, it would be a crime not to mention the work of Camdyn Childers. After going going for 85 and 98 receiving yards in the first two games of the season, Childers exploded for 253 yards (yes, you read that right) on ten catches against the Legends, scoring four touchdowns in the process. Childers was electric last Friday, seemingly getting better and better the longer the pass was. If you look at his hudl page you’ll see what I’m talking about. An average of 25 yards per catch is almost unheard of and his something other teams will certainly be aware of when they prepare to play the Chargers in the coming weeks as he proved this week he is more than capable of making teams look silly if they give him even the tiniest bit of space in which to operate.

After two successful weeks at home, the Chargers will go back out on the road this week, taking on the Northrop Bruins at Spuller Stadium. Coming off a one point loss to Wayne, Northrop will be out to prove that game wasn’t just a fluke. the Bruins will also have the added motivation of revenge after the Chargers turned on the gas in the second half of last years sectional semifinal to kick them out of the state tournament. Kickoff is set for 7 PM.