Carroll football midseason report

It’s been a very interesting first half of the season for the Carroll Chargers and for the rest of the Summit Athletic Conference(SAC).

 It’s the season of the upset around the Summit City, highlighted by the Bishop Luers victory week one versus Carroll and Homesteads week four win versus Bishop Dwenger.

 Since the week one disappointment Carroll has started to hit their stride as the season goes on picking up major wins against Dwenger and Snider as the Chargers have won four games straight. 

The city’s other top team, the Bishop Luers Knights, have continued to be red hot knocking off Carroll and Homestead in weeks one and two, a very impressive feat for a 2a school against two 6a schools.

The race for SAC champion will almost undoubtedly be between Carroll and Luers, with Carroll needing a good amount of help from other teams to knock off the Knights and gain some ground.

A four-one start would usually make the Chargers a front runner in the city but the week one loss is still a burden on the Chargers.

With four games remaining in the regular season none look to be bigger than the monstrous week seven matchup against the Spartans of Homestead.

Charger stadium will be rocking, possibly being crazier than the opener and the homecoming game.

The Chargers are feeling really good and look to keep rolling throughout the season.

“The Team morale is high,” says junior Gabe Starks. “We are really coming together and gelling well. We have shown ability to bounce back and battle through adversity together which will be important in the second half and postseason.”

The Chargers should have all of the momentum in the upcoming game against Homestead as the Spartans have dropped some big games as of late against Luers and Snider.

This first game should be a major preview of what to expect this postseason, as a rematch is very likely with Carroll, Homestead, and Warsaw being the only three schools in 6a sectional 3.

Warsaw is always a mystery school when it comes playoff time. Their ground and pound style is much different than the teams the summit city is used to (with the exception of Leo).

The very tough Warsaw Tigers were able to run all over Carroll last year and even gave a fantastic Homestead team a tough game. 

However, the Chargers aren’t looking too far ahead at the moment, as the most important thing currently is taking care of the four remaining regular-season games.

There have been some other great moments already just five weeks in, with many different candidates for the best moment of the year.

“My personal favorite moment was just the overall Snider game,” says Starks. “We showed great effort and ability to stay strong during tough moments. Believing in the ‘next man up’ mentality with Jeff [Becker] out, and keeping trust in each other was key to that victory. Everyone competed at a high level that game.”

With such a talented roster, passionate fanbase, and new stadium this has been one of the best seasons Carroll football has seen in recent memory. They look to take that energy into the end of the season and what they expect to be a lengthy playoff run.