2018-10-10 / Sports

Carroll snaps skid, inches by Prairie

Season now at 3 and 5
By Clay Maxfield
Contributing sportswriter

The Cougars snapped a four game skid with a close 23-22 victory over Clinton Prairie Friday night. Coming into the game, the Gophers had lost 6 of 7 games.

In the first quarter, after being pressed into a fourth down, Carroll’s Luke Gamel snuck in for a touchdown, the first score of the game. Carroll’s defense held firm through the remainder of the first quarter, forcing numerous 4 and outs as well as a Gopher fumble.

Later, near the end of the first half, Carroll’s defense forced another fumble that turned into a score two plays later. The Cougars took a 16- 0 lead going into halftime.

To open the third quarter, a 36-yard Prairie pass play resulted in a Gopher touchdown. Prairie converted on the 2-point play to cut into Carroll’s lead, 16-8. Midway through the quarter, Prairie ran 43-yard touchdown into the end zone and tied the game up with another 2-point conversion, 16-16.

With 6 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Carroll took control, scoring and leading the Gophers 23-22. The Cougar defense held firm for the remainder of the period, holding Prairie to a standstill in Cougar territory.

Gamel tallied 215 passing yards and 9 rushing yards and 3 TDs to lead the way for the Cougars offensively. Quinton Veach hauled in 88 yards and had 5 solo tackles. John Lambert recorded 2 sacks. The Cougars had 3 fumble recoveries – 2 by Cason Lambert and 1 by Veach.

Carroll will host its final regular season game on Friday at home against Indianapolis Ritter. Kick-off is at 7 p.m.

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