Serra Catholic coach Tony St. Angelo didn't mince words about his squad's 42-0 loss at Carlynton Friday — his team simply got overpowered.
“They were more physical than us,” St. Angelo said. “They were able to run the ball. They probably only threw it twice the entire game. When you can do that and score 42 points, I would do the same thing. And you have to give credit to Carlynton's defense. They came out with a game plan and it worked.”
Carlynton (2-2, 2-2) relied on the legs of tailback Isiah Canton in the Black Hills Conference win. The sophomore scored on runs of 63 and 2 yards in the first quarter to give the Cougars an early lead.
“It all starts with the line,” Canton said. “Everything goes through them. They are the best part of this team.”
Early in the second quarter, Canton ran to the 1-yard line before an Eagles defender knocked the ball free, sending it out of the end zone for a touchback. Serra (0-4, 0-3) used the momentum to drive 74 yards over nearly seven minutes.
But on the last play of the half, a Zac Quattrone pass from the 6-yard line was intercepted by Tyler Bly, who returned it 102 yards for a score to put the Cougars up 21-0.
“The was huge,” Carlynton coach Terry George said. “The was a 14-point swing with no time left. That was seven points they didn't get and seven we did. It was a big momentum swing.”
Canton finished with 237 yards on 12 carries with three touchdowns. Quarterback Freddie McKissick completed only one pass but ran for 70 yards. It was the first shutout for the Cougar defense since the 2011 season.
Quattrone showed play-making ability as he ran for 104 yards on 21 carries while throwing for 77 yards on nine completions. But self-inflicted wounds kept the team from stringing drives together and putting up points.
Nathan Smith is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @NSmith_Trib.
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