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(From left) Crusader's offensive lineman Dan Berry blocks as their quarterback, Matt Page, looks to throw the ball, during the first half of their match face against the Mount Carmel Caravan at Brother Rice High School on Friday, September 21, 2012, in Ch
The Mount Carmel offense never has been shy about revealing its game plan.
Run, run and run some more.
Preparing for a high-flying Brother Rice aerial attack, the Caravan wasn’t about to change a thing Friday night in hopes of controlling the clock.
Scoring seven touchdowns via the ground, Mount Carmel dominated on the way to a 56-7 win at Brother Rice in a Catholic League Blue game.
“We just went about our normal game plan,” Mount Carmel running back Matt Domer said. “We didn’t switch anything. After a hard week of practice, we adjusted to their defense and executed.”
Domer was the unquestioned star for the Caravan, rushing 12 times for 176 yards and four touchdowns. Draco Smith (7 carries, 102 yards) and Don Butkus (10-of-14 passing, 132 yards, TD) had rushing scores, 6 and 1 yards respectively for Mount Carmel (5-0, 1-0).
After Smith’s 6-yard score in the first period, Brother Rice (3-2, 1-1) answered with Marcus Jones’ 69-yard rushing touchdown. Domer fired back with touchdowns on back-to-back possessions.
The Caravan scored six first-half touchdowns on eight possessions, taking a commanding 42-7 lead into halftime.
“We work hard in practice, and we’re working against the best defense in the league,” Domer said. “It shows on Fridays. We work hard, and it pays off in the end.”
Jones finished with 124 yards on 11 carries. Brother Rice quarterback Matt Page struggled to get into rhythm against a blitzing defense, finishing 17-of-25 passing for 140 yards, as the Crusaders were unable to sustain drives.
“Nothing was clicking” Brother Rice coach Brian Badke said. “We didn’t match up well with their speed. They outplayed us. They outcoached us, and we get an ‘F’ today.”
Christian Searles forced a fumble with Chris Triplett and Sam Connolly recovering fumbles for Mount Carmel.
Butkus also connected with Jason Gasser for a 27-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.