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FOOTBALL: Carlson's Gary runs wild as Rails stay winless (PHOTO)
Carlson's A.J. Gary ran for more than 200 yards and he scored five touchdowns in his team's 54-25 win against Lincoln Park. With the defeat, the losing streak for Lincoln Park stretched to 65 games. Photo by Larry Caruso
Carlson defeated the Rails 54-25 in the victory.
The win was highlighted by AJ Gary’s breakout game that saw five touchdowns, and included a 62-yard rushing score to start the second half.
The senior running back compiled 269 yards on 18 carries throughout the night.
“(It was) a very big game for him,” Coach Kent Sikora said. “He stepped in and moved to tailback and stepped up.”
Despite the win, the Rails took the first lead of the game, but it wasn’t long held.
The Marauders responded right away with a score of their own, but a missed two-point conversion brought a 7-6 score in favor of the Rails.
Carlson’s offense started to get things going and despite having seven players out due to injury, started piling on the scores.
They led 26-13 at the half and scored 21 unanswered points in the third quarter alone.
“We were kind of pleased with the way we played,” Sikora said. “We had some kids that had to step into some spots and play some key rolls and it was nice to see some kids step up.”
Sophomore wide receiver Zach Kohn helped things out with three catches totaling 80 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught a two-point conversion.
Ryan Wilkin ran in a 7-yard score and Alex Rahming finished with five catches for 68 yards and had 120 yards in kickoff returns.
At quarterback, Patrick Holder and Dylan Brock split duties once again.
Brock was a perfect 4-for-4 for 58 yards and a score and Holder was 5-for-7 for 126 yards and a touchdown of his own.
“We feel like we have two good quarterbacks who we can win with and we’re gonna play them both,” Sikora said. “Whoever’s got the hot hand, we’re gonna play.”
Defensively, Zach Underwood had 12 tackles and a sack.
Lincoln Park’s Shawncory Avery was 7-for-14 in the air for 129 yards and three touchdowns. All three scores were to Jose Hernandez who finished with 96 yards and had four receptions.
“He’s never played quarterback before,” Lincoln Park Coach Jamie Grignon said. “The more reps he’s getting, the better he’s getting.
“He’s doing a really good job for us right now.”
The only rushing touchdown came from De’Shawn Tillman who recorded 76 yards in seven carries.
Avery finished with 55 yards on the ground in seven carries, Jordan Geha had 30 in nine tries and Keoni Kapiko finished with 14 yards on one rush. Ottis Rhodes had three carries for 11 yards.
Grignon said his team will continue to work on its defensive skills as the weeks progress.
“They’re still a work in progress,” he said. “We’re working to get them better.”
Sikora was pleased with his team for playing a full four quarters of football.
“We hadn’t done it even in our first game in our win,” he said. “We played well for four quarters this week.”
Sikora says that is what his team will focus on as they move further into the season.
“We talk about trying to get better every day (and) focus on the day at hand,” he said. “We’ll need to do that against Woodhaven.
“They’ve gotten better every week and they’ve always been a tough opponent for us.”
Sikora expects his hurt players to be back and ready to play this Friday, but says the coaching staff has also stressed to the squad the importance of a team effort.
“We talked to our kids about how it could be somebody different every week and we’re gonna need everybody to play their roll and do their job,” he said. “And if their number’s called extensively, they’re gonna have to produce.”
As the Marauders turn to Woodhaven, they look to get back on the winning side of things and a playoff berth.
“We’ve gotta take care of business each week to get that done,” Sikora said. “So that’s our goal and that’s what the kids are excited about.”
Lincoln Park will host an undefeated Truman team on Friday but Gringnon says his team’s spirits are good.
“The whole team’s attitude has really been good lately,” he said. “We’re still getting better every week, which is a good sign.
“I feel Truman is the best team in the league right now (and) it’s going to be quite a challenge. It’s more about us getting better this week than anything.”
Both teams kick off at 7:00 on Friday.
Last Updated: 9/24/2013 3:12:19 PM EST