Carrollton turned around a winless start

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: March 21, 2011 - 4:02 PM

It was a tough start for Carrollton in 2010. The Trojans began with a close 20-18 loss to Blair Oaks in a game that saw Carrollton play with six different quarterbacks because of injuries.

From there the Trojans would lose five more games along the way as they battled injuries, a staph infection and going into a game without any practice. All of those factors along with a schedule that featured Class 3 state champion Richmond, Class 1 runner-up Westran along with the rest of a tough Missouri River Valley Conference East.

After six weeks Carrollton stood at 0-6 and it didn’t look to get any better as it traveled to a 4-2 Holden. The Trojans would grab their first win 28-20 and the season had begun to turn around.

“Our highlight was just dealing with the adversity we faced in the first six weeks of the season,” Carrollton coach Greg Hough said. “We beat a very good Holden team in week No. 7 and we were able to win two games in district.”

The only loss in district came to Lafayette County in a close 12-8 decision but the Trojans were off to the playoffs. The first round Carrollton beat Adrian 18-6 setting up a rematch with Lafayette County. Carrollton found itself down 24 points but the Trojans rallied to force overtime where they would win 52-46 and advance to the quarterfinals. Eventual Class 2 Champion would end Carrollton’s season 51-16 in the quarterfinals.

“Early I felt like we were a really good team,” Hough said. “It’s hard with high school kids to explain to them where they are at and how close they really being 0-6.”

The big win over Lafayette County really completed Carrollton’s turnaround from an injury riddled 0-6 start. Even though his team fell to Penney in the quarterfinals, Hough felt like his team did a great job coming back from the tough start.

“It’s really hard for high school kids to overcome that emotional high on Monday night against Lafayette County,” Hough said. “I thought we were prepared because of our schedule but the physical nature those guys (Penney) impose on you is ridiculous.

“The key for us was just getting healthy. We had some kids that played one side of the ball but by the end of the year we were playing true iron man football.”

Carrollton’s offseason program takes the form of playing other sports. In a smaller school Hough said he likes having his team play other sports and then focus on football in the summer.

“Our kids are participating in other activities,” Hough said. “I like to see it that way and that is a positive.”