RICHWOOD — Unbeaten Clear Fork improved to 4-0 overall and 1-0 in the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference with a convincing 45-13 win over North Union last Friday.
The Colts are clicking in all three phases of the game: a stifling defense, a high-powered offense and solid special teams. With a rugged Buckeye Valley team on the schedule this week, that;s a good thing.
They’re huge,” said Clear Fork coach Mike Carroll. “They got some big kids defensively. We’re going to have to get the push up front. We’ve got fast guys and we have to get them away from the big guys and get them loose.”
The Colts’defense will face another outstanding running back in Trent Davies.
“Their tailback is a transfer from one of the Olentangy schools. He’s 5-foot 8, 170, pounds and he’s got 760 yards in four games. He’s very quick and elusive. He’s the best back we’ve faced so far,” Carroll said. “This kid has more burst and elusiveness. We have to do a great job .. if the holes not there he bounces it outside. If we don’t take care of that bounce, he’ll turn it up the sidelines. We have to be sound to defend this kid.”
The passing game of Buckeye Valley can’t be ignored either.
“The quarterback, Grant Owens, they don’t run him much,” Carroll said. “He’s efficient at what he does. He does a nice job on the screens, we have to defend the perimeter. They’ll throw it down the field too. They’ll mix it up, run and pass.”
Last week vs. North Union, the Colts wasted little time getting on the scoreboard, taking a 21-0 first quarter lead. An 85-yard punt return for a touchdown by Blake Dinsmore opened the scoring. Dinsmore followed with a 29-yard touchdown pass to Trevon Trammell. Jared Schaefer added a 1-yard touchdown to cap the scoring.
Head coach Dave Carroll praised his special teams: “Dinsmore’s punt return stands out. It’s our third return for a touchdown. Hunter Tollison stands out on that return. He took a defender and latched onto him and blocked him for an eternity. It looked like a Michael Oher Block in ‘The Blind Side’movie. All the kids did a nice job of setting up the wall and doing their assignments,” he said.
“Sloan Bowman also did a great job on special teams with his punting and kicking. He’s been 100 percent on PAT’s two weeks in a row. He added a field goal on Friday,” Carroll added
The Colts shut down the North Union (2-2, 0-1) ground game, holding the Wildcats to -1 yard rushing on 22 attempts. Due to the ineffectiveness of the running game ,the Wildcats were forced to put the ball in the air, which is not their weapon of choice.
“What I’m most excited about this year is our tackling, Said Carroll. “We put a lot of emphasis on tackling, especially tackling in space, which is the hardest thing to do in football. Our kids have done a great job.”
North Union had some success in the passing game, cutting the Colts lead to 21-13 on a pair of second-quarter touchdown passes from Anthony Padovano to Carson Smith.
Padovano was 15 of 39 for 220 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. His primary target was Smith, who caught 10 passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns.
But it was all Clear Fork in the second half as the Colts outscored the Wildcats 24-0.
Trammell scored two of his three touchdowns in the third quarter. The first came on a 51-yard run, the second on a 29-yard pass from Jared Schaefer.
Dinsmore scored his second touchdown of the game on a 3-yard run to end the third quarter, with the Colts up 42-13.
Sloan Bowman added a 23-yard field goal halfway through the fourth quarter to end the scoring.
Dinsmore and Schaefer combined for 109 yards passing, 10 of 20 with one touchdown. The duo also rushed for a combined 128 yards on 20 attempts.
Trammell had his best game of the season, combining for 178 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns. He added four tackles on defense.
“He is blessed,” Carroll said of Trammel. “I hope he realizes how blessed he is with his speed, his athleticism and size. He didn’t play football last year. We’ve been trying to figure out how can we use him most effectively without confusing him. He can run the football effectively and he’s a good receiver. We’re trying to get him more touches. He creates some problems for secondary players. That’s why we put him in different places.
“I tell Trevon he has to run angry. People are trying to hit you and hurt you. You’ve got to run angry. He runs with intensity, it takes a lot to get him down.”
The Colt’s all-around good play pleases Carroll.
“That’s the sign of a good football team, when you’re clicking in all three phases of the game,” he said. “Our point of emphasis now is to get better every single day at what you do. We’re not doing anything special or fancy. Just run your routes better, catch the ball better, make better reads and tackle.”