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Saturday, August 26, 2017 1:00 am

Snider 69 Carroll 7

Panthers' run game, defense roll Chargers

CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette

When Isaac Stiebeling and Mac Hippenhammer played at Snider, opponents planned for a freewheeling passing attack.

The current Panthers have a different personality, which they showed in Friday night's 69-7 rout of Carroll at Spuller Stadium, keyed by a bruising and unrelenting running game.

The 5-foot-11, 200-pound Christian Covington carried 17 times for 140 yards and four touchdowns, and Snider's 42-0 halftime lead was built on the strength of five rushing scores.

“Our offensive line works hard in practice, so I just went behind them and let them do the job,” Covington said. “They make me look good.”

Snider (2-0) also dominated the Chargers (0-2) defensively. Carroll's only score came late in the contest, not from its offense, but from defensive back Hudson Walker, who returned a fumble for a touchdown.

“We knew Carroll was going to try to throw it a lot, so we told our guys all week, 'You're going to pass rush 50 times,' and we knew we had to rotate guys in, especially on the defensive line,” Snider coach Kurt Tippmann said.

As Carroll's offense went nowhere, Snider's backs ran roughshod. It was 21-0 after the first quarter with Covington scoring on a 1-yard dive and a 16-yard scamper, plus A'nyis Lockett capping the quarter with a 10-yard TD run with 50 seconds remaining.

Midway through the second quarter, Covington had scored on an 8-yard run and a 36-yard burst that put him over 100 yards.

On the visitor's sideline, Carroll coach Doug Dinan looked on with dismay.

“Christian's a great back,” Tippmann said. “He's hard to bring down. He runs behind his pads. He's just a quality, quality back, one of our great senior leaders and well-deserving of wearing the No. 1 jersey.”

Senior Michael Haupert made the most of his light work, completing 9 of 11 passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns, including a 75-yarder to Elijah Maxwell.

With under a minute to go in the first half, Haupert rolled to his left and found tight end Andrew McCrady for a 6-yard score.

Kameron Trotter, a 5-8, 165-pound back, squeezed in for a 1-yard TD run in the fourth quarter, though the extra point was blocked to keep it 62-0. Fellow sophomore Lenny Bennett later added a 56-yard TD run.

Snider went up 56-0 in the third after Hunter Causey's 70-yard interception return for a score. Senior defensive back Darius Morgan also came down with an interception in the fourth quarter.

“Very impressed (by the defense),” Covington said.

As for the identity of Snider's offense, there's no question it's a powerful ground game.

“We're going to ride (Covington),” Tippmann said. “A'nyis has developed as that second punch. We have to be able to run the ball. They take pride in that.”

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