Charleroi's Carr, Moorer share Valley Independent Player of the Week honors
After Charleroi's heart-breaking 30-27 loss to Southmoreland Friday night, Cougar coach Ed Jenkins was asked what kind of season his team might have had if Matt Carr was in the lineup throwing the ball to Dakota Moorer all season.
Jenkins smiled, shrugged his shoulders and said, “That's a good question. I wish it could have happened.”
That's because Jenkins watched the quarterback-wide receiver tandem put on a dazzling show in their first action together this season.Moorer, the team's leading receiver and big-play threat, had been in the lineup all season. However, Carr was making his debut after suffering a broken collarbone in the first scrimmage of the pre-season.
And, oh, what a debut it was.
Carr, a junior, threw for 339 yards, hitting 24 of 38 passes. He threw four touchdown passes, all to Moorer, who hauled in 13 passes for a whopping 225 yards.
For their efforts, the Charleroi pitch and catch duo are this week's The Valley Independent Co-Players of the Week.
Carr's night didn't get underway with any fanfare as he was sacked on first down and threw incomplete on second down.
However, on third down he connected with Moorer on an 11-yard pass that was a sign of things to come for the night.
In the first half, Carr hit on 7 of 9 passes for 112 yards, including a 20-yard scoring strike to Moorer, who caught four passes for 56 yards.
But they were only warming up for the second half.
In the second half, Carr completed 17 of 29 passes for 227 yards and at one point he completed nine consecutive passes, four to Moorer including a 42-yard TD pass.
When Carr and Moorer hooked for a 19-yard scoring play with 2:22 to play in the game, it gave Charleroi a 27-23 lead. However, the lead was short-lived as the Scotties returned the ensuing kickoff 76 yards for the game-winning score.
“Matt is a junior and we will see plenty of him next year,” said Jenkins. “Dakota was just being Dakota tonight. He's a senior he will be sorely missed when he is done.”
Players garnering honorable mention include:
•BV Area quarterback Mike Fine, who completed 8 of 12 passes for 123 yards and three TDs and also ran four yards for a score in a 35-7 win over Laurel Highlands.
•BV Area running back Luke Durigon, who rushed for 128 yards on 20 carries.
•Elizabeth Forward's JaQuan Davidson, who rushed for 240 yards and two TDs, threw for another score and also returned an interception 35 yards for a score in a 47-8 win over Albert Gallatin.
•EF's Jalen French, who rushed for 121 yards and scored a TD.
•EF's Matt Bernadowski, who caught a 46-yard scoring pass and also returned a kickoff 90 yards for a score.
•Ringgold's Chacar Berry, who scored three first quarter TDs in a 45-20 win over Highlands.
•Yough's Tyler Donahue, who rushed for 134 yards and a TD and also passed for 190 yards and another TD in a 38-31 win over Greensburg Central Catholic.
•Yough's Jordan Bryan, who caught 5 passes for 101 yards and a TD.
•Yough's Clayton Waldron, who rushed for 103 yards and a TD.
•Monessen's Noah Rullo, who threw for 187 yards and a TD in a 38-7 win over Chartiers-Houston.
•Monessen's Javon Brown, who rushed for 75 yards on 12 carries and scored three TDs.
•Monessen's Clintell Gillaspie, who caught four passes for 108 yards, including a TD.
•California's Austin Hunter, who rushed for 136 yards and three TDs and also threw for 102 yards in a 26-13 win over Carlynton.
•Frazier's Charles Manack, who threw for 176 yards and four TDs in a 46-12 win over Vincentian.
•Frazier's Nick Smalich, who rushed for 112 yards and scored a TD.
Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or email@example.com.