Carrollton Hawks easily defeat Shelbyville
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By Carmen Ensinger
Saturday afternoon’s first round playoff game against the Shelbyville Rams looked like fans were going to be in for a long day with several questionable calls and a couple Carrollton turnovers early in the game, but, in true Hawk fashion, Carrollton got down to business and easily defeated the Rams 47-7.
Things started off on a bad note for the Hawks with quarterback Grant Pohlman throwing an interception on the Hawks first possession. The Rams were unable to capitalize on the turnover and with 4:46 left in the first quarter, Carrollton’s Harley Angel put the first points on the board rushing 32 yards for a touchdown.
Angel would rush for three more touchdowns on the day of four yards, 82 yards and 35 yards. He would also break his own rushing record of 205 yards, set earlier this season this against North Greene with 224 yards on 12 carries.
Shelbyville scored their only touchdown in the second quarter with a 20 yard pass from quarterback Max Beyers to Rope Hatfield. Beyers had a rough day at the hand of the Hawks with the Hawks putting him to the ground eight times and intercepting him three times.
Carrollton exploded in the second quarter putting up 21 points in the last six minutes of the quarter. Pohlman connected with Kyle Leonard for 38 yards and a touchdown with 5:53 left. Then with 2:14 left, Pohlman made a three-yard run across the goal line himself on a quarterback keeper. Then, after a fumble with the Hawks recovering, Angel made a four-yard run across the goal line to put another score on the board for the Hawks.
The Hawks took a healthy 28-7 lead into halftime.
The Hawks came out of the locker room refreshed and ready to play some ball with Angel taking the ball 82 yards down the field for his third touchdown on the afternoon with 10:21 left in the third quarter.
Pohlman then connected with Gus Coonrod in the endzone on a 25-yard pass to make the score 41-7 with 8:53 left in the third quarter. Three minutes later, Angel would make his fourth rushing touchdown of the afternoon with a 34-yard carry across the goal line. The point after failed to make the score 47-7 with 5:48 remaining in the third.
Carrollton then began putting in their second-string players, but it didn’t seem to matter, Shelbyville still couldn’t score on the Hawks.
Shelbyville just wasn’t able to cash in on the gifts they were given. They had possession of the ball nearly eight minutes longer than the Hawks and the Hawks had nine penalties for 110 yards to the Rams five penalties for only 35 yards.
The Hawks offense, however, was tough to contend with. The Hawks had 400 net offensive yards to the Rams 122, even though the Rams were able to get off 26 more plays than the Hawks.
The passing yards were closer with 142 for the Hawks to 115 for the Rams. The big disparity, however, was the amount of yards in those throws. The Hawks gained those 142 yards on only five completed passes by the quarterback while the Rams had 20 completed passes. After being picked off twice, Pohlman only made 10 attempts at the passing game, concentrating on the rushing attack.
The Rams were totally unable to show down the Hawks rushing game. The Hawks gained 272 yards rushing but held the Rams to only 60 yards on the afternoon.
Defensively, Angel led the team in total tackles with 15 followed by Hayden Flowers with 10, Pohlman with 10, Travis Evans and Boden Flowers with 7 each, Willie Gilmore and Leonard with 6 each, Matt Camden and Coonrod with 5 each and Ethan Harrelson with 4.
With the win, the Hawks move to 9-1 on the season and will move on to second-round action this Saturday at 1 p.m. at Carrollton where they play host to the Greenfield Tigers. Carrollton defeated Greenfield earlier in the season 34-16.
Greenfield-Northwestern defeated Salt Fork at home in their playoff game 30-6 this past Saturday to force the Greene County matchup in round two. Greenfield-Northwestern are now 8-2 on the season.