One week after seeing running back Kyle Bacus post a 129-yard, three-touchdown performance in a win over West Hall, North Hall fans watched its offense produce just 170 yards in a 42-3 loss to Carrollton on homecoming.
“They’re a very good football team,” said North Hall coach David Bishop. “Most people don’t take much from the fact that they’re 0-3, but they’re very talented.”
Earlier in the week, Bishop said his team needed to avoid giving up big plays, especially on special teams. Last year, he recalled, North Hall (1-2) gave up 17 points to Carrollton (1-3) on special teams.
After a scoreless first quarter, the first score of the game came on the first play of the second quarter. North Hall, facing a fourth-and-2 situation, punted the ball away.
Carrollton’s Keegan Hill caught the punt with his heels on his own 40-yard line. Breaking tackles along the way, Hill took the punt to the end zone, putting his team up 7-0.
“We had the guy hemmed up on the punt and we just let him go,” Bishop said.
On the ensuing drive, Sam Jackson took off on a 55-yard run, placing North Hall inside the Carrollton 20-yard line.
It was from the Carrollton 20 that Chris Dennis knocked a 37-yard field goal through the uprights to put the home squad on the board.
Down 7-3, North Hall watched Carrollton put up 35 unanswered points.
“We had some chances to do some things and we made some mistakes,” Bishop said. “It’s frustrating, but, again, we’re pretty young. I see a lot of positives in some of the stuff we saw.”
Jaylan Thomas capped the first half with a 3-yard run to put Carrollton on top 14-3 at the break.
Conrad Jackson and Jarvis Terrell scored in the third quarter, Terrell on a 40-yard dash, for a 28-3 lead.
Angelo Osorio scored on a 23-yard run just over a minute before Jordan Bonner intercepted a Jackson Madonna pass and returned it 70 yards for the final score of the game.
Of the 170 yards of total offense for North Hall, 142 came on the ground.
Sam Jackson was the highest gainer for North Hall with 62 yards rushing and 15 yards receiving.
Carrollton gained 349 of its 435 yards on the ground.
Visiting quarterback DaMarcus Mitchell put on a show in front of the homecoming crowd with 11 carries for 118 yards and 68 yards through the air.
Mitchell did have a mistake at the end of the second quarter as his pass was tipped by a North Hall defensive back before the ball was finally picked off by Michael Dozier.
North Hall was able to move the ball a few yards at a time in the beginning of the game, but Carrollton began to put a stop to that just before the half.
“They just decided that they were going to bring the house,” Bishop said. “It’s tough when they do that and we haven’t really faced that that much this year.”
As North Hall heads into region play next week, Bishop said his team will have to look at the game tape to see what all needs to be worked on, but a few things did stand out to him.
“Obviously poor tackling is something we need to work on,” he said. “As well as picking up blitzes.”
Bishop said his team should be well prepared for the region schedule after the teams they’ve faced leading up to it.
“(Carrollton), they’re talented,” Bishop said. “Jefferson is a top 10 team. West Hall was considered a top-10 team and they probably are. We didn’t play any slackers going in. I think that’s going to help us.”
North Hall will host Stephens County Sept. 25 at The Brickyard.