Edna Karr needed to get back to the “Karr way of playing football,” Cougars coach Brice Brown said Saturday.
The Cougars (3-3) did just that, dominating Carver in a 48-22 win at Pan American Stadium.
Quarterback Aldon Clark completed went 12 of 21 passes for 213 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for another score to lead the way. Four different Cougars were the beneficiaries of Clark’s arm-slinging display.
“Aldon made some great plays out there for us and it was the difference early on,” Brown said. “He knew where he wanted to go with the ball and made it happen for us.”
Carver (4-3) fell behind early and could not make the crucial conversions when it counted. D’Quintez Wilson’s late 11-yard touchdown reception from Izea Hurst only eased the scoreboard pain at 48-22.
Hurst completed 22 of 48 passes for 208 yards and two touchdowns.
“We needed to execute on offense better, but we just didn’t get it done,” Carver coach Byron Addison said. “We are missing a big part of our offense due to an injury to Rodney Major. We have to get better and this will just force us to do that.”
The rout was on for Karr once Kevin Tyler intercepted a Hurst pass and returned it 62 yards for a touchdown. One possession earlier, Trevor Morgan dashed for a 20-yard touchdown to give Karr a 41-14 advantage with 2:21 left in the fourth quarter.
Karr forced a three-and-out on Carver’s first possession after halftime. Clark hit Dejaun Dixon for a 17-yard touchdown pass on the ensuing Cougars possession to go up 34-6. Carver answered when Dekalon Burton sprinted 61 yards on a pass from Wilson for a touchdown, cutting the Cougars lead to 34-14.
Karr stormed into halftime up 27-6 over Carver, thanks to some precision passing by Clark. The Cougars were virtually unstoppable on offense and scored on four of their first five possessions. Clark found Colby Jefferson on a 6-yard slant for a touchdown. That came on the heels of a 34-yard interception return by Leonte Harris, his second in as many weeks.
Kenneth Simmons outran Rams defenders for 17 yards on a pass from Clark. The score put the Cougars up 20-6 with 25 seconds left in the first quarter.
Carver fell behind by two scores before finally getting in the end zone. Linebacker Colorone Peter intercepted a Cougars pass at the line of scrimmage, then rumbled 30 yards for the touchdown.
Karr jumped out 13-0 in the first quarter by cashing in on their its two drives of the ball game. Clark scrambled from 6 yard out for a touchdown. He also found Diamante Woolridge on a 54-yard pass for the game’s first score. Woolridge finished his night with three receptions for 105 yards and a touchdown.