Carnegie gets big win over tough Alex
CARNEGIE The Carnegie Wildcats posted the biggest win of their season Friday night as they manhandled a highly regarded Alex, 80-48, in a District B-3 game that saw both teams move up and down the field almost at will.
"It's really hard to play pass defense in eight-man football," Carnegie head coach Jim Harvey said. "You're always one man short trying to cover receivers."
The two teams proved Harvey's point as they combined for 13 touchdown passes, seven by the Wildcats and six by the Longhorns.
Carnegie quarterback Xavier Nesahkluah threw for 444 yards and six TDs. Rhodey Mabry added another touchdown pass for the Wildcats on a halfback pass to Joey D'Angelo. Longhorn signal caller Kooper Boatwright threw for 359 yards and six scores.
The game started innocently enough with Nesahkluah throwing a seven-yard scoring toss to Tristen Hainta on the game's opening possession. That was the only score of the first quarter.
Things picked up quickly in the second period. Nesahkluah hit Andrew Cano for a 44-yard touchdown just 33 seconds into the quarter to make it 14-0. In the ensuing two minutes, Alex scored on a 56-yard run by Boatwright followed by a 36-yard toss from Nesahkluah to Hainta. Next, Boatwright fired a 40-yard TD pass Clay Smock. Boatwright threw to Danyon Snider for the two points to make it 22-14 Carnegie with 9:33 left in the opening half.
On the next Wildcat possession, Nesahkluah connected with Taylor Martin on a 61-yard scoring bomb at the 8:59 mark. Five minutes later, he hit D'angelo again this time for 34 yards for yet another score. He then hit Mabry for the two points making the score 36-14 with 3:48 before intermission.
Neither team was finished, however. Alex tallied on a 27-yard pass from Boatwright to Tatton Anderson who also caught the two-point conversion. Carnegie countered with a 39-yard TD toss from Nesahkluah to D'Angelo. Mabry caught the conversion pass to make it 44-22 with 2:20 to go.