|The Bison defense makes a stop during the second quarter of their 32-0 win over Clarendon. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)|
By Mark Buffalo
CARLISLE — Unless something crazy happens in the last two weeks of the season, the Carlisle Bison are headed back to the playoffs.
Carlisle won its third consecutive game Friday night, beating the Clarendon Lions 32-0 on a rain-soaked Fred C. Hardke Field. The Bison are now 3-4-1 overall and 3-2 in 2A-6 play with two games left. Carlisle missed the playoffs a year ago.
Carlisle is in fourth place, followed by Clarendon at 2-3. Marianna and Brinkley are tied at 1-4 while Marvell is winless at 0-5.
“The kids were running and mud sliding on the sidelines after the game because they were excited about it and it was good to see,” Carlisle coach Caleb Shock said. “It meant that much to them to get back into the playoffs. They know that Carlisle needs to be in the playoffs every year. They should be there. They’ve worked hard and earned their way back in it.”
The game did not start well for Carlisle as the Lions recovered an onside kick to start the game. However, the Bison got the ball back on the next play when Drew Sanders recovered his first of two fumbles in the game. Carlisle then drove 42 yards for the first touchdown of the game.
The Bison faced fourth down when quarterback Braiden Jenkins found Kamryn Taylor for an 8-yard touchdown pass with 7:23 left in the first quarter. Davarius Allen added the two-point conversion to give the Bison an 8-0 lead.
Carlisle scored again after a Clarendon punt. Allen scored on a 4-yard run with 11:11 left in the first half. He also scored the conversion, making the score 16-0.
Clarendon tried to get back into the game, holding onto the ball for almost 8 minutes but turned the ball over on downs at the Carlisle 8 with 3:11 left in the first half.
“We worked a lot this week on tackling,” Shock said. “They worked at it hard and took the drills that we were doing seriously. I thought it really showed up on the defensive side of the ball. That made a big difference.
“We had a lot of big stops with some really good tackles. That, in turn, put us in a lot of good situations offensively.”
The Bison added two second-half touchdowns. Allen scored on a 15-yard run with 8:41 left in the third quarter. Kaden Bray added his first of two two-point conversions. Jasean Harper then scored on a 35-yard run with 10:42 left in the game.
Shock said the victory was his team’s most complete game of the season.
“As far as offense, defense and special teams, everybody executed pretty well,” he said.
Allen led the Bison with 86 yards rushing on 19 carries. Bray and Harper and 55 yards each. Taylor added 37. Jenkins had 20 yards rushing and 19 yards passing. He completed 2 of 3 attempts. Will Carter also caught one pass for 11 yards.
Ian Seidenschwarz led the Bison with 14 tackles. Kaleb Boyle had 7. Baylor Craig had 5. Christian Harrison had 4.
The Bison will travel to Brinkley this Friday. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Bison 38, Trojans 30
The Carlisle Bison scored late to beat the Marianna Trojans 38-30 on Oct. 12 at Fred C. Hardke Field.
Carlisle took an 8-0 lead in the first quarter on an 8-yard run by Kamryn Taylor. Davarius Allen scored the two-point conversion.
Marianna tied the score at 8-8 in the first quarter.
The Bison led 24-16 at halftime. Jasean Harper scored on a 1-yard run, and Braiden Jenkins added the two-point conversion.
Will Carter caught a 32-yard touchdown pass from Jenkins, and Harper scored the two-point conversion.
Both teams scored twice in the third quarter. Allen scored on a 3-yard run to make the score 30-22.
Marianna tied the score at 30-30 with 7:33 left. The Bison reclaimed the lead at 38-30 with 4:11 left. Allen scored on a 7-yard run and Harper added the two-point conversion.
Allen led the Bison with 167 yards rushing on 24 carries. Harper had 124 yards on 15 carries. Taylor had 53 yards on 10 carries.
Jenkins completed 3 of 5 passes for 58 yards. Will Carter caught all three passes.