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High school football: Carson shut out by Wonders

Staff report

KANNAPOLIS — A.L. Brown won for the second time on the new turf field at Memorial Stadium, stopping Carson for a 28-0 non-conference victory.

The Wonders (4-1) have won three in a row since losing 30-0 at home to Mooresville on Sept. 13. They built some momentum prior to Friday with good road wins at West Rowan and Davie.

Carson (2-5) was shut out for the third time this season.

Carson began a series with A.L. Brown in 2017 and has lost all three meetings by at least four touchdowns. Carson has dropped its last six games against Cabarrus schools.

Sophomore Cam Kromah continued his fine work since taking over quarterback duties for the Wonders. He threw two touchdown passes to Jose Vargas. The first one provided a 7-0 lead with 4:40 left in the first quarter. The second one provided the final TD of the night late in the third quarter.

A.L. Brown got a rushing touchdown from Todd Kennedy to take a 14-0 halftime lead.

The pivotal play of the game came when Carson was driving in the third quarter with a chance to make it a 14-7 contest. That’s when Dezmond Adams, a 200-pound linebacker who is a sprinter on the Wonders’ track team, scooped up a Carson fumble at the A.L. Brown 5 and raced 95 yards to score. Instead of 14-3 or 14-7, it was 21-0.

Adams also had a fumble return touchdown against West Rowan.

Josiah Cauthen intercepted a pass for the Wonders.

Kicker Mario Carmona returned to action and was 4-for-4 on PATs.

Except for two turnovers, Carson did a good job of executing a power-running offensive game plan. The Cougars made a concerted effort to control the ball and the clock and tried to keep A.L. Brown’s offense off the field as much as possible.  Carson used most of the 40-second clock between snaps and ran the ball more than 50 times. Evan Johnston, who had a big game in the win against North Iredell last week, shouldered most of the offensive load with 29 carries for 76 yards.

 Carson is off next week before starting North Piedmont Conference play at East Rowan (3-3) on Oct. 18.

A.L. Brown starts South Piedmont Conference play at home against Central Cabarrus (4-2) on Oct. 11.

Carson                    0    0   0   0    — 0
A.L. Brown            7    7    14  0    — 28

First Quarter

ALB – Vargas 15 pass from Kromah (Carmona kick), 4:40

Second Quarter

ALB – Kennedy 3 run (Carmona kick), 3:59

Third Quarter

ALB –   Adams 95 fumble return (Carmona kick), 8:56

ALB – Vargas 25 pass from Kromah (Carmona kick), 0:40

 

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