All that stood between Carroll and a trip to Cedar Falls for the Class 3-A semifinals was Glenwood, a team that it had defeated earlier in the year. But a 43-yard, last-second field goal derailed the Tigers’ perfect season.
Nine-thousand miles from home, the 17-year-old grasps the bar with a steely determination. In a sudden burst of power, she flings the weight over her head and controls it. Once given the confirmation, she breaks into a wide grin before dropping it to the floor.
Carroll’s Dayton Ross caught 38 passes for 710 yards last year, before adding about 25 pounds of muscle in the offseason. The senior’s pass-catching skills haven’t diminished.
After Glenwood took a 12-7 lead early in the third quarter, Carroll regrouped and drove 80 yards in 12 plays for the go-ahead score. The Class 3-A No. 7 Tigers never relinquished that lead in a 21-12 win over No. 9 Glenwood Friday in the District 7 opener for both squads.
Carroll won six of its final eight games last season. However, the two losses were responsible for untold hours of lost sleep by the players and coaches.
Few basketball strategists could have come up with the right plan to guard MOC-Floyd Valley in Monday’s Class 3-A Substate 1 final. The fourth-ranked Dutch showcased a dominant and efficient effort on both sides of the ball in an 81-29 landslide victory over unranked Carroll.
It was the second play of the game, and already Carroll’s plan was working. The Tigers lined up in a formation in which they often run bubble screens. But with coaches warning that Glenwood would try to jump the route, Dylan Millermon didn’t stop.
Bianca Irlbeck is too competitive to let problems beat her. It’s the reason she is always searching for solutions. The Carroll senior wants to be a veterinarian, so she spends time at an animal clinic. She became the first-ever female intern in the decade-plus history of her school’s technology program last year and still troubleshoots and helps others with computers.
Curt Bladt didn’t need any time to determine the last time the Harlan Community football team played this well. "Well, it wasn’t last year," the Cyclones coach said. "We put 48 minutes together and that was the key."
Harlan (26-7) earned the third seed and will meet sixth-seeded Dubuque Wahlert (21-19) in a state quarterfinal at Des Moines’ Principal Park at 5 p.m. Tuesday. Carroll, seeking its second state appearance, ends its season at 12-16.
Denison-Schleswig played a near-flawless game to build leads of 18 in the third quarter, 13 with less than four minutes remaining and eight with less than a minute to go.
Among the six honorary captains of The World-Herald’s All-Western Iowa football teams, only one, Logan-Magnolia’s Brady Charbonneau, earned the right to celebrate a state championship.
CARROLL — The Sioux City Heelan football team leaned on a strong defensive performance to earn a 14-2 win over Carroll in a Class 3A State quarterfinal game at Memorial Stadium Friday night.
Carroll finished with 356 yards and 42 points in the half and went on to rout Sergeant Bluff-Luton 55-29 to advance to the state quarterfinals for the first time since 2009.
From a Sioux City Heelan perspective, the first half left more than a little to be desired. Two first downs and 45 total yards against a swarming Carroll defense.
By all accounts, Addison Ross turned in an outstanding junior year as the Carroll High quarterback. He threw for 1,417 yards and 12 touchdowns while guiding the Tigers to an 8-3 season and the second round of the playoffs.
Carroll pushed Harlan all over the field, outgaining the hosts 482-183 in a 42-7 non-district rout on Friday at newly renovated Merrill Field.
After recording a team high in tackles, the senior seeks more.
In a game that consisted of three ties, four lead changes and two pitching changes, Cale Stork remained the one constant.