Carroll County’s defense gave up four Eminence touchdowns in the first 16 minutes but the Panthers’ offense easily kept pace en route to a 60-26 road win on Friday night in Eminence.

The Panthers, now 2-3 on the season after their final warmup before district play, overwhelmed the Warriors with big plays starting with an 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Lucas Gibbs just seconds after Eminence opened the scoring with a 17-yard touchdown pass from Dandre Wright to Cameron Capps.

In fact, every time the Warriors scored, the Panthers punched right back with a big play until Eminence simply ran out of fight.

The hosts scored on a 6-yard run by Elijah Montero with 1:41 remaining in the first quarter but Carroll came right back with an 11-yard run by Kyle Prosser just 94 seconds later. Wright hooked up with Capps on a 22-yard TD strike just two minutes into the second quarter but Carroll pushed back 14 seconds later on a 63-yard touchdown romp by Rose.

Carroll went on to pile up a 30-point second quarter to lead 44-18 at halftime as Logan McIntyre struck for a 70-yard punt return for touchdown, Prosser scored on a 6-yard run and senior quarterback Isaiah Hogan connected with Shawn Sturdivant on a a 69-yard scoring pass.

“We played well on both sides of the ball and got great play from special teams,” Carroll head coach Lee Downey said. “Cam Rose ran extremely hard and so did Prosser. Gibbs had great runs and Ethan Zeyak also had some great runs.

“The defense played well and tackled well,” Downey added. “We worked on some things on our pass defense and we’re slow to find the right mix. Coach (Nate) Davis and our other coaches continue to tweak the defense until we worked through the deep passes.”

Carroll ended up with 408 yards of total offense to 339 for the Warriors. The Panthers rushed 23 times for 214 yards while holding Eminence to 97 yards on 34 carries. Carroll fumbled the ball once with Eminence recovering.

Rose out-ran the entire Eminence backfield with 100 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries. Prosser ran for 60 yards and two scores on six carries and Gibbs ran twice for 35 yards. Capps rushed 15 times for 31 yards and one TD for Eminence but the sophomore also caught two TD passes and Wright ran nine times for 28 yards.

Hogan connected on 7-of-12 passes for 194 yards for the Panthers to 12-of-27 passing by Wright for 242 yards and one interception for the Warriors. Both quarterbacks passed for two touchdowns on the night.

Rose caught three passes for 24 yards and a TD. However, most of Hogan’s other pass connections went for big yardage as Sturdivant had one catch for the 69-yard TD, Prosser caught one pass for 54 yards, Gibbs hauled in a 24 yarder and McIntyre caught a 23 yarder.

Wright hooked up with junior receiver Kemryn Jenkins five times for 152 yards but the Panthers never let the Warriors’ high-scoring receiver to break through for a TD. Jenkins came into the game averaging 10 points a contest with six TD receptions. Montero caught four balls for 48 yards and a TD for the Warriors.

Junior safety Colton Groves led the Panther defense with nine solo tackles while sophomore lineman Santiago Vasquez had six solos, two sacks and three tackles for loss.

Carroll County (2-3) travels to Walton-Verona next week for its first district contest of the season.

The Bearcats (1-4) got into the win column Friday night with a 28-27 victory at Lexington Christian (4-1) after losses to Lloyd Memorial, Covington Holy Cross, Covington Holmes and unbeaten Henry County (4-0) to start the season.

“Our kids are excited about Walton-Verona and playing some distinct teams,” Downey said. “These kids are hungry and ready to move on to the next game.

“Many fans were great to show up and support our team,” Downey added about the support the Panthers are receiving. “We love and appreciate our community support .”



at Eminence


CARROLL CO. 14 30 16 0 — 60

EMINENCE 12 6 0 8 — 26


1st Quarter

E — Cameron Capps, 17-yard pass from Dandre Wright (run failed), 8:47.

CC — Lucas Gibbs, 80-yard kickoff return (Cameron Rose run), 8:33.

E — Elijah Montero, 6-yard run (run failed), 1:41.

CC — Kyle Prosser, 11-yard run (pass failed), :07.

2nd Quarter

E — Capps, 24-yard pass from Wright, (pass failed), 10:00.

CC — Rose, 63-yard run (Rose run), 9:46.

CC — Logan McIntyre, 70-yard punt return, (Prosser run), 7:43.

CC — Prosser, 6-yard run, (run Orlando Vasquez), 3:24.

CC — Shawn Sturdivant, 69-yard run, (run failed), :10

3rd Quarter

CC — Rose, 4-yard run, (run Isiah Hogan), 9:34

CC — Rose, 10-yard pass from Hogan, (McIntyre run), 3:59

4th Quarter

E — Capps, 2-yard run, (Cameron Mathis run), 1:30