Shattuck ends Carnegie’s year
CARNEGIE One of the state's elite eight-man teams put up a road block that Carnegie could not get past in the second round of the Class B playoffs.
Thanks to a staggering 523 rushing yards No. 2 Shattuck (10-1) raced past No. 5 Carnegie (8-4) 73-28 on Friday night, ending the Wildcats' season with a district title and a playoff win.
"What bothers me the most is you have to rise up in those big games and we haven't been able to do that," Carnegie coach Jim Harvey said. "If you're gonna be a good team like how Tipton, Laverne, Shattuck and those guys play, you have to rise yourself to that level.
"If you don't, you're constantly going to be getting to a certain point and there's going to be a stop sign like tonight."
Shattuck quarterback Gatlin Goodson scored four total offensive touchdowns as he ran for 318 yards and two scores on 26 carries while passing for 165 yards and two more scores. Riley Girton scored four touchdowns and ran for 165 yards as the Indians' speed option attack chipped away at Carnegie all night.
Carnegie quarterback Xavier Neshakula completed 25 of 40 passes for 333 yards and two touchdowns, but he was haunted by four costly interceptions he threw.
Neshakula's first came on the opening drive and Shattuck's offensive onslaught began.
Girton fielded a pitch on the speed option and cut it up for a 23-yard touchdown to give Shattuck an 8-0 lead early in the first, marking the first of three Shattuck drives starting in Carnegie territory.
Following a Carnegie 15-yard punt courtesy of a nagging head-wind, Shattuck started at the Carnegie 40-yard line and quickly scored again. The next drive Shattuck started only 44 yards out and Girton scored on a 1-yard run on fourth and goal to put Carnegie in a 24-0 hole with 3:10 in the first.
Carnegie finally got on the board as the Wildcats capped off an 8-yard drive when Neshakula found Andrew Cano who had five catches for 80 yards and two touchdowns for a 15-yard touchdown pass.
"Realizing at the start of the year... we weren't very good," Harvey said. "It took us a long time to get our offense going. Once we got our offense to gel, we could score a lot of points. From where we began to where we're at now, it's a giant step."
Tristan Hainta had seven catches for 126 receiving yards while chipping in two rushing touchdowns, both in the second quarter to keep Carnegie close. But Hainta's scores were wedged between a 66-yard quarterback keeper by Goodson for a touchdown.
"My gosh, that kid was fast. He is a football playing dude," Harvey said of Goodson. "Shattuck blocks so dang well. I watched the film and thought, 'Man, these guys are good blockers.'"
That score, coupled with another critical Shattuck fourth down conversion with three minutes left in the first half, put the game essentially out of reach.