Carlson’s grinding rush attack wears down Wyandotte
Wyandotte — Gibraltar Carlson’s football team knows how to do two things — run the ball and win.
Carlson (7-1, 7-1 Downriver), passing only twice and racking up 209 yards on the ground, held on against Wyandotte, 14-7, on Friday night to stretch its winning streak to seven games.
“Our defense played a great game,” Carlson coach Jack Giarmo said. “You have to make plays to win these games, and the guys made big plays.
Carlson puts multiple running backs in on each play. Wyandotte (5-3, 5-3) defensive linemen didn’t know which running back would get the ball — and where he might go once he got it, with Carlson backs having success up the middle and on the edge.
Carlson’s strategy also proved highly effective in bleeding the clock. Once Carlson got up, it melted several minutes off the clock with almost every possession, limiting the number of chances Wyandotte had to catch up.
Carlson senior running back Tom Sucharski did the most damage, amassing 73 yards with a long of 26 on his first carry.
“I just need my line to keep blocking for me. I love them. It’s all due to them,” Sucharski said. “I knew we had it in us. Even when it got close, I knew the seniors would take care of it.”
“Tom Sucharski is a good little fullback,” Giarmo said. “We were just taking advantage of what the defense gave us, and it worked for us. You can’t find Tommy (Sucharski). He’s so small and quick, too.”
Leading Carlson in rushing attempts was senior Brandon Stewart. He had 14 carries for 54 yards and both of Carlson’s crucial scores.
“It felt good,” Brandon Stewart said. “They’re a good team, but we just focused on our blocks and our assignments. We tried our best to get the win. That’s really all we ever do.”
sophomore quarterback, Jalin Pitchford, finished 7-for-12 passing for 63 yards, plus 28 yards rushing in the losing effort.
“We’ve got to forget about this loss, put it behind us,” Pitchford said. “We came out a little slow. In the second half, we knew what we had to do, but we just couldn’t execute.”
Wyandotte junior running back Christian Cooper ran with physicality but rarely found daylight through Carlson’s defensive front, ending the day with a hard-fought 65 yards on 18 carries.
Cooper scored on a 15-yard run in the third quarter, pulling Wyandotte within a touchdown.
Wet conditions contributed to two Carlson turnovers. Without them, Wyandotte wouldn’t have been able to keep it so close.
“We had a good drive going and then fumbled the ball,” Giarmo said. “That’s the game of football.
“It was a whole different ballgame without those (turnovers).”
Carlson scored a touchdown on its first drive.
It featured 10 plays, all runs, for 75 yards with Brandon Stewart finishing it off on a 1-yard plunge.
Wyandotte drove into Carlson territory in the second quarter, but a field goal attempt was blocked by junior Ian Stewart.