OCT. 2, 2013 —
“I think it broke their backs a little bit,” McGlone said. “When (Thompson) did that, they we’re still in it, but from a mental standpoint that hurt them.”
If that didn’t, the following series did when Comets’ quarterback Chase Hanshaw was intercepted by Korzep.
The interception led to another touchdown, which Thompson ran in from one yard out.
While the offense stayed on the field, the Red Devils’ defense did was it has done all season: shut down offenses.
For the fourth game this season, Russell’s defense held its opponent to single-digit scoring.
“Our defense has played well all year,” Conley said. “From our linebackers to our secondary, we always play hard. I’m just really proud of our defense with how they played this year.”
West Carter’s offense had trouble moving the ball period. It didn’t help the Comets that their top two rushers were injured.
Quarterback Braden Brown missed the game with a high ankle sprain, while running back Tristen Mitchell is out for the season with a torn ACL.
The Comets finished with 102 yards of total offense, but most of it came on the final drive of the game when a Ralph Wages 55-yard run set up an Ethan Brown 28-yard touchdown run to get on the board.
Until its final offensive series, West Carter had only one first down, and five punts.
“We couldn’t make plays to help keep the chains moving,” said West Carter coach Kevin Brown. “We couldn’t keep it out of their hands. We weren’t able to get out to the edge and in space and that’s our game and they were able to stop it.”