Whitewater loses another heartbreaker, 24-23 to Carrollton

Mon, 09/22/2008 - 10:45am
By: Kevin Wandra

The last two weeks have been heartbreaking for the Whitewater Wildcats, who lost their second straight close game Friday, 24-23 to the Carrollton Trojans.

Both losses were by a combined four points. Whitewater lost last week to seventh-ranked Mays 17-14.

Whitewater’s loss came down to a missed point-after following a 3-yard, go-ahead touchdown run by running back Thomas Frierson in the fourth quarter.

Carrollton running back Labrian Hudson scored the last of his three touchdowns on a 4-yard run later in the quarter, and Wes Smith added the game-winning point-after to hand the Trojans a one-point victory.

The two teams twice traded the lead in the first quarter.

Whitewater quarterback Chase Penland opened the scoring with a 53-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Penland led Whitewater in rushing (nine carries, 108 yards) and passing (5-for-12, 62 yards).

Hudson tied the game with a 4-yard touchdown run, but Whitewater responded with another touchdown before the end of the first quarter, a 14-yard run by Chris Wingate (13 rushes, 109 yards).

A 28-yard field goal by Smith and a 26-yard touchdown run by Hudson in the second quarter enabled Carrollton to take its first lead, 17-14.

Whitewater tied the game later in the quarter on a 34-yard field goal by Dylan Johnson.

The third quarter was the only quarter in which both teams didn’t score.

Whitewater held the edge in total yards of offense, 355 to Carrollton’s 309.

Linebacker Zach Mann and safety Jeff Ashley led Whitewater’s defense in total tackles, finishing with 12 and 10, respectively.

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