Storm Lake At Carroll
Storm Lake 14
Carroll set the theme for this game on the first play from scrimmage as they got pressure right off the bat. Dominik Sims stripped the ball carrier of the ball and Carroll pounced on it at the Storm Lake 24. It took one play for the offense to score and the route was on. Carroll led 21-0 after the first quarter, scoring on all three possessions in the quarter with the longest drive being 7 plays. Special teams got into the act in the 2nd quarter, when Reece Ziegmann picked up a blocked field goal, got several good blocks and made a few nice cuts to return it 83-yards for a touchdown. Carroll did give up a long drive and a big pass play as Storm Lake scored their first touchdown of the season. The lead was 43-7 at half. The continuous clock in the second half limited both teams opportunities but the Tigers were able to on three of their four possessions with the final possession ending when the clock ran out with the Tigers deep in Storm Lake territory.
Carroll put up 456 yards rushing, averaging 10.9 yards per carry. They had two running backs over 100 yards. The defense was really good, allowing only one long drive in the 1st half and a 46-yard touchdown pass on a perfectly thrown pass. Carroll only threw it 5 times, completing 2 for 56-yards and a touchdown. The defense held Storm Lake to 36-yards rushing and 1.6 yards per carry along with 105-yards passing on 5-13 through the air.
The early fumble by Storm Lake set up the Tigers first touchdown as Reece Ziegmann took the handoff on the first play for Carroll, bounced it to the outside and scored on a 24-yard run. The Tigers forced a three and out, then scored quickly as Jack White found Evan Hammer coming across the middle. Hammer turned it up field, picking up a block and out running everyone for a 51-yard touchdown. Storm Lake felt the pressure to score, going for it on 4th down in their own territory on their next drive. Carroll stuffed the play, taking over at the Storm Lake 33. Cooper Ludwig punched it in from 3-yards out with 2:41 left in the first quarter and Carroll led 21-0. The Tornadoes had their best drive of the game on their next possession, driving into Carroll territory. The drive stalled and they set up for a 44-yard field goal. Carroll put pressure up the middle and blocked the field, which bounced around the 15-yard line. Reece Ziegmann picked it up off the bounce, heading up field. He got to the Carroll sideline, picking up a wall with some outstanding blocks. He weaved his way down the field then got the seem and scored from 83-yards to blow open the game, with Carroll leading 27-0. A three and out for Storm Lake set up the Tigers next score. Cooper Ludwig found a seem up the middle, showing great balance and footwork to get through several tackle attempts. He hit pay dirt 63-yards later and the Tigers were up 33-0. Storm Lake scored on their next drive when Joshua Steffen hit Trevor Turner for a 46-yard touchdown with 6:50 left in the half. Carroll added a 27-yard field goal from Kieran Polking with 2:29 left in the half and a 1-yard touchdown run by Ziegmann with 0:36 left. The Tigers led 43-7 at half.
The second half was similar to the fist half with Carroll offense continuing to move the ball on the ground. The Tigers defense shut down the Tornadoes running game, as they had some success with the quarterback keep on the option in the first half. Reece Ziegman scored from 3-yards to start the 3rd quarter, putting Carroll up 50-7. Carter Essick got on the board for Carroll with his first varsity touchdown. He scored on a 11-yard run late in the 3rd, then added a 25-yard run with 8:57 left for Carroll’s last points. Storm Lake capped the scoring midway through the fourth quarter on a 1-yard run by Joshua Steffan.
Reece Ziegmann ran for 176 yards on 14 carries, averaging 12.6 yards per carry. Cooper Ludwig went for 112 yards on 8 carries for a 14 yard average. Zeigmann scored on 3 rushing attempts and Ludwig added 2. Jack White went 2-5 with a touchdown pass of 51 yards to Evan Hammer. Carter Smith led the defense with 7 tackles, including 2 for a loss. Payton Wardell added 5.5 tackles with 1.5 for a loss. Carroll forced two fumbles with Carter Smith and Owen Klocke recovering them. Kiernan Polking was 6-7 on PAT’s and made his only field goal attempt from 27-yards.
Carroll sits 3-1 as they head into district play vs Boyden Hull/Rock Valley at home on Friday.
Teams 1 2 3 4 Final
Storm Lake 0 7 0 7 14
Carroll 21 22 13 7 63