The Carrollton High School football team poured on the points early and often against their first Region 5-AAAA opponent Friday night at Grisham Stadium. The Trojans (4-0, 1-0) crushed the Columbus Blue Devil 51-0.
The Blue Devils (1-3, 0-1) were completely dominated by the Trojans in every phase of the game. Carrollton managed to score on offense, defense and special teams in the first quarter of play.
Trojan tailback Malik Sheppard scored on the opening drive after bursting through the Columbus defense for a 43 yard touchdown run. Moments later, Carrollton's Sam Turner would scoop up a Blue Devil fumble and take it in for another score.
Carrollton signal caller Will Garrett tacked on a touchdown of his own on a keeper which he took in for a score from 32 yards out.
The Trojans continued their assault as Donte Harper tore through blockers to block a Blue Devil punt which was recovered in the endzone for a safety. Dante Wigley also carried in another touchdown run for the Trojans, as they ended the first quarter of play with a 30-0 lead over Columbus. The Carrollton defensive unit did not allow the Blue Devils to reach midfield until late in the second quarter.
The Trojans made use of their sizable lead and rotated in some of their backup players with the starting units. Will Hesterlee went under center for Carrollton and launched a 36 yard touchdown pass to Trey Chivers early in the second quarter.
"I was pleased that we were able to work in a lot of alternates," said Carrollton head coach Rayvan Teague. "We were able to weave them in and out very efficiently. It's good to build depth at every position."
Chivers found the endzone again on a 58-yard run just minutes later to extend the lead to 44-0. The Trojans tacked on their final score with an 18-yard touchdown run by Jarvis Terrell in the opening minutes of the third quarter. "It was good to come out and execute like that," said Teague.
The Trojans look forward to a touch opponent next Friday as they host Fayette County in their next round of Region-AAAA action. "They are a team that I have pegged to be a playoff contender," said Teague. "Their offense is very formidable and they gave us a struggle last year, so we have to really be prepared for them."
The Columbus Blue Devils broke a 19-game losing streak last week against Northside.