Boyer, explosive Indians cruise past Jacks

Cory Carter (11) attempts to run the ball. Carter is a new addition to the Lumberjacks this season. Last year, Carter played football at Centerville High School.

Last week it was a punishing Milton Union running game; this week it was a Carlisle aerial assault. Lead by junior quarterback Levi Boyer, the Carlisle Indians scored eight touchdowns in a 54-14 win over the Oakwood Lumberjacks on Saturday night.

After nearby thunder and lightning postponed Friday night’s game until Saturday, both teams got off to a slow start in a relatively empty Mack Hummon Stadium. Carlisle struck first, near the end of the first quarter, with a ten-yard touchdown run by sophomore tailback Jason Sandlin.

Sandlin would score on another red-zone rush at the beginning of the second quarter, putting the Indians up 13-0 early on. Boyer completed a long touchdown pass to junior wideout Dylan Clay for another quick score, and the Jacks could never recover.

“We just couldn’t respond,” senior lineman Daniel Stoecklein said. “We didn’t come out ready to play.”

Immediately after the last Carlisle score, Oakwood quarterback Max Banke (11) would throw an interception on a short pass, and senior Nick Burton would run the ball back for an Indian touchdown.

Within the first four minutes of the second quarter, the Indians had increased their lead from 7 to 26, and the Jacks’ defense looked deflated.

“Blown coverages and blown assignments [defensively] really hurt us,” Stoecklein said.

“They came out ready to play, we didn’t,” Banke said. “The first half really killed us.”

Banke would throw another interception on the following possession, his second of three interceptions in the game.

“I wasn’t reading coverages right, and I was forcing passes,” Banke said.

Yet, after a fourth down stop for the Lumberjack defense, Banke would find junior tailback Cory Carter on a short slant pass, which Carter would turn into a lengthy touchdown run after a series of jukes and short bursts of speed.

Near the end of the quarter, Sandlin stretched another long run into Oakwood territory, leading to a touchdown by senior Justin Fryman on a reverse-around run. Forty seconds later, Burton sprinted sixty yards up the Carlisle sideline for another Indian touchdown.

Carlisle would go into the locker room with a 40-7 lead, having scored 33 points in the second quarter on five touchdowns.

“[Carlisle] had really good skill players… running backs, quarterbacks, and wide receivers,” Banke said.

“[Offensively] we just had to have Max [Banke] run the ball as soon as the ball was snapped, because the defense was getting to him” sophomore wideout Austin MacDonald said.

The Jacks began the second half strong, with pass completions from Banke to sibling receiver Sam Banke (9), moving the Jacks into Carlisle territory. Behind multiple Indian penalties, the Jacks advanced into the red-zone, completing the drive with a Banke touchdown pass to senior wideout Mason Ellis.

Yet, once again, the Indians would respond. Backup sophomore quarterback Jai Milton rushed for a quick touchdown, and just plays later senior Indian defensive back Malcom Smith would pick off another Banke pass in Oakwood territory.

Milton rushed for a 29-yard score, and the point after put the Indians up by forty points going into the fourth quarter.

“Our defense just couldn’t stop their running game,” junior lineman Rocco Baker said.

Carlisle would go on to win, 54-14, advancing to 2-1 with the victory. The Jacks would drop to 1-2 with the loss.

Next week, the Jacks travel to Germantown to face the Valley View Spartans in their first conference game of the season. The Spartans are 0-3, having lost to Dunbar, Dixie, and Bishop Fenwick.

“[Valley View] has a pretty strong offense, but we can beat them,” Banke said. “We’re a better team this year.”

Kickoff for next Friday’s contest will be at 7:30 p.m. from Barker Field. The Jacks’ next home game will be the following Friday, when they take on the Eaton Eagles.

By: Grant Pepper and Grady Fultz


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