Panthers roll

Carroll County’s Harrison Felts (22) celebrates as he runs into the end zone during the Panthers’ win over Trimble County on Friday.

Carroll County bounced back from a 24-7 loss to Walton-Verona on Oct. 1 to manhandle Trimble County Friday night 48-6 at home in football.

Carroll (4-4) took advantage of several Trimble miscues to open up a 28-0 lead at the half. Carroll held Trimble on its first possession then proceeded to march down the field to score on an 18-yard touchdown run by Harrison Felts at the 6-minute mark.

Trimble fumbled the ensuing kickoff with Carroll recovering at the Trimble 33-yard line. Four plays later Felts scored his second touchdown of the quarter as the Panthers led 14-0.

Carroll then marched the ball down the field and scored on a Zayn Satchwell 10-yard run for its next score, and Jakob Ulery scored on a two-point conversion after a bad snap to push the lead to 22-0 with 2:44 left in the second quarter.

A bad snap set up Carroll’s next touchdown. After taking over on the Trimble two, junior Evan Searcy scored his first high school varsity touchdown to put the Panthers ahead 24-0 with 1:02 left in the quarter.

In the second half Vaught scored on a 20-yard run, Felted scored his third touchdown on a 68-yard run and Searcy added his second touchdown from a yard out.

“Although the score doesn’t show it, this is a much improved Trimble team,” said Carroll head coach Justin Franklin, a former head coach at Trimble County. “A couple of turnovers that gave us short fields, it could have been a closer game.”

The lone offensive highlight for Trimble was a 50-yard touchdown pass by James Thomas Wilcoxson late in the third quarter.

“I think we had a fall break hangover,” Trimble head coach J.P. Dale said. “The kids made a bigger game out of it than it was. They put too much pressure on themselves. They were trying to do right by me, but it was just our next game.

“I feel the scoreboard was indicative of how we played. We still have to learn how to win, to make the plays to win.”

Carroll travels to Owen County next Friday and Trimble hosts Gallatin for Trimble’s homecoming.