Like last season, Greater Catholic League rivals Kettering Alter and Dayton Carroll came into the annual grudge match Friday night undefeated. And just like last season, Alter came away with a convincing win topping the Patriots 38-14 in front of a near capacity crowd at Centerville High School’s Elks Stadium.
Matt Natali was on hand and has more.
CENTERVILLE, Ohio – Like last season, Greater Catholic League North rivals Kettering Alter and Dayton Carroll came into the annual grudge match Friday night undefeated.
And just like last season, Alter came away with a convincing win topping the Patriots 38-14 in front of a near capacity crowd at Centerville Stadium.
Alter defeated Carroll last year 40-14 on the way to a 14-1 record and a Division III state runner-up finish.
“I thought the kids played well,” said Alter head coach Ed Domsitz. “Anytime you line up against Carroll, it is going to be physical. There was a lot of contact out there and (Carroll has) a super program. So, we have to feel good that we did so well.”
The Knights tallied 368 yards of offense on the night mixing in the pass with their traditional Wishbone offense and controlled the game from the onset.
Following a false start penalty on the game’s second play from scrimmage, Alter QB Austin Boucher connected with Patrick O’Donnell for a 72-yard scoring strike to put the Knights ahead 7-0 less than a minute into the game.
“I figured (Carroll) would be pretty much trying to stop the run. We ran the option pretty well on them last year in the second half and I came into the game with the intent to mix it up more in the first half,” Domsitz explained.
Boucher added, “Coach (Domsitz) knew he wanted to throw the ball – he has confidence in it – and it was a simple crossing pattern and Pat went deep and he was open and he did the rest.”
Boucher went to work again later in the first frame orchestrating a 3-play, 64-yard scoring drive highlighted by a 60-yard connection with TE Nate Wolf and capped off by a 1-yard Corey Roark TD run to put the Knights up 14-0.
Alter (6-0, 3-0) stretched the lead early in the second quarter on a 24-yard Scott Vannatta field goal to give Alter a 17-0 lead.
It appeared as though the game couldn’t get any worse for Carroll on the ensuing possession as Alter recovered a David McComas fumble on its own 28 yard line. But after an illegal block penalty and a false start, Alter faced a second down-and-30 situation from its own 10.
Boucher went to the air again but was picked off by Carroll’s Nathan Scheidt who returned the interception 23 yards to pay dirt to cut Alter’s lead 17-7 late in the half and the Knights headed into the break with the 10-point lead.
But that was as close as Carroll would get to catching the Knights as Alter pulled away in the second half scoring on each of its first three possessions, including 1-yard and 24-yard TD runs by Roark and a 14-yard Cody Taulbee scoring run.
“Honestly, we thought the game was going to be closer but at the same time we were confident in ourselves and were confident we were going to win,” Boucher said. “We came out, did what we had to do and took care of business.”
Boucher finished the game 4-of-8 passing for 157 yards, 1 TD and 2 INTs while Roark collected 99 yards on 19 carries and 3 TDs on the ground.
“The offensive line dominated up front, so after those first couple touchdowns we could just run the ball and run the clock down,” Roark said.
Alter’s defense controlled the Carroll triple-option offense holding the Patriots to 151 yards (145 rushing) and forced three turnovers.
“I was pleased with the defense,” Domsitz said. “The defense has been somewhat maligned early in the season but these kids have come out and improved as a defense. Carroll has a pretty impressive offense so to be able to come out and do what we were able to do – I couldn’t ask for anything more.”
McComas led the Carroll offense with 67 yards rushing on 15 carries. Adam Fearing had 22 yards on 10 carries
Carroll QB Michael Escobar was 1-of-9 passing for six yards and 2 INTs.
RB Joe Arata had a 47-yard TD run for Carroll (5-1, 2-1) late in the game to light up the board for the final 38-14 score.
Vannatta was 5-for-5 on point after attempts in addition to the 24-yard field goal in the second quarter.
Alter, ranked No. 2 in the Division IV ONN-Ohio High Power Poll, did not punt in the game.