Carroll County running back Kiefer McIntyre (above, 35) follows the block of teammate Blake Newby (11) around Dayton’s Austin Brockman during Friday’s game at home. Jacob Wise (inset, 25) hauls in a second-half touchdown over  Dayton defender Robbie Hayes. Carroll rolled to a 42-8 win to end the regular season with a 5-5 record. These and other photos can be viewed at www.madisoncourier.com/photos. (Staff photos by David Campbell)
Carroll County running back Kiefer McIntyre (above, 35) follows the block of teammate Blake Newby (11) around Dayton’s Austin Brockman during Friday’s game at home. Jacob Wise (inset, 25) hauls in a second-half touchdown over Dayton defender Robbie Hayes. Carroll rolled to a 42-8 win to end the regular season with a 5-5 record. These and other photos can be viewed at www.madisoncourier.com/photos. (Staff photos by David Campbell)
Carroll County concluded the regular season with its third consecutive win, a 42-8 drubbing of Dayton on Friday in Carrollton.

While it wasn't the best executed game at times, the Panthers did enough of the right things to pull away for the win, totaling 469 yards of offense and limiting Dayton to just 44 yards, including minus-17 yards rushing.

"It was a good team win," Carroll head coach Mike Weedman said. "It's good to have three straight wins under our belt heading into the playoffs. I'm just so proud of this team. They could have given up earlier this season when we lost three straight but they didn't. They've stayed focused and hungry and you're seeing that mentality right now."

Like it has the last two weeks, Carroll got off to a fast start in the first quarter and led 14-0 after the first 12 minutes. Quarterback John Michael Adams returned a fumble 5 yards for a touchdown while on defense and later followed that with a 3-yard touchdown pass to Raven Labrada for a 14-0 start.

Adams, who had attempted just 10 passes in the last two games, completed 9-of-16 passes on the night for 148 yards and two touchdowns.

"I don't know why the passing game worked tonight and I don't know why we did it," Weedman said laughing. "Dayton blitzed a lot tonight so I think that is why we were able to pass well but I'm proud of John Michael for reading the defense the way he did. I thought he did a really good job tonight."

Michael Welch's 13-yard scoring run was the only offensive highlight for the Panthers in the second quarter, steering the attention to a Carroll defensive unit that has been dominating opponents the last three weeks.

Dayton, which made attempts to run early in the game, eventually turned to the pass, but quickly found out the air wouldn't bring much success either. Keifer McIntyre, Dean Taylor and Caleb Guenthner led the pass rush while Labrada anchored the secondary and recorded an interception to help Carroll to a 21-0 halftime lead.

"Caleb, Keifer and Dean, that's their job, to rush the passer," Weedman said. "They were able to put a lot of pressure on the various quarterbacks tonight and did their job effectively. As for Raven tonight, I am so happy for him. He's a great young man and he deserved a game like he had tonight."

Carroll's focus in the second half was to just put the game away as quickly as possible and it did just that. After Adams connected with Jacob Wise for his second passing touchdown of the night in the third quarter, the Panthers added two more scores in the fourth, highlighted by Welch's second score of the evening on the ground.

Dayton's Austin Brockman found Dylan Adams for a 21-yard pass and successful two-point conversion with 5:54 remaining but the Panthers had already sealed the Greendevils (2-8) fate much earlier in the evening, walking away with the 42-8 victory.

With the regular season in the books, Carroll County (5-5) sets its sights on next Friday's opening round of the KHSAA district playoffs. The Panthers, a three-seed, travel to take on second-seed Newport (5-5).

"Newport is playing real good ball right now and they've won three straight just like us," Weedman said. "But we also think this is a good draw. If we do what you're supposed to do Monday through Thursday then I think we can come in and give Newport fits on Friday."

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Friday's Panthers Statistics

at Carrollton

CARROLL CO. 42, DAYTON 8



DAYTON 0 0 0 8 - 8

CARROLL 14 7 7 14 - 42



SUMMARY

First Quarter

CC - John Michael Adams, 5-yard run (Taylor Byrd kick) 9:01.

CC - Raven Labrada, 5-yard pass from John Michael Adams (Taylor Byrd kick) 5:53.

Second Quarter

CC - Michael Welch, 13-yard run (Taylor Byrd kick) 3:14.

Third Quarter

CC - Jacob Wise, 26-yard pass from John Michael Adams (Taylor Byrd kick) 4:00.

Fourth Quarter

CC - Matt Bartley, 5-yard run (Taylor Byrd kick) 11:55.

CC - Michael Welch, 10-yard run (Taylor Byrd kick) 8:55.

DAY - Dylan Adams, 21-yard pass from Austin Brockman (Brockman to Adams 2-Point conversion) 5:54.

DAY CC

First Downs 5 14

Rushes-Yards 16-(-17) 36-321

Comp-Att-Int 8-24-1 9-16-0

Pass Yards 61 148

Total Yards 44 469

Penalties-Yards 0-0 6-70

Interceptions 1-0 0-0

Fumbles-Lost 0-0 3-2

Individual Statistics

RUSHING -- Dayton- Austin Brockman (2-7); Preston Nickell (1-(-2)); Logan Brewer (1-(-3)); Dylan Adams (9-(-19)); Carroll Co.- Keifer McIntyre (9-71); Blake Newby (4-68); John Michael Adams (8-66, TD); Cameron Rose (3-65); Michael Welch (6-28, 2 TD); Lucas Gibbs (2-10); Jacob Wise (2-8); Matt Bartley (2-5, TD).

PASSING -- Dayton- Austin Brockman (5-12-0-43, TD); Dylan Adams (3-11-1-18); Robbie Hayes (0-1-0-0); Carroll Co.- John Michael Adams (9-16-0-148, 2 TD).

RECEIVING -- Dayton- Dylan Adams (3-31, TD); Austin Brockman (2-28); Logan Brewer (2-12); Derek Lyons (1-7); Ryan Meyer (1-5); Robbie Hayes (1-(-10)); Carroll Co.- Blake Newby (3-73); Jacob Wise (4-66, TD); Raven Labrada (2-9, TD).

Missed Field Goals -- None.