Patriots quarterback Cole Garvin passed for 184 yards and added a rushing touchdown, while Eric Swinney rushed for 71 yards and two touchdowns and Delvin Weems added 97 rushing yards as Sandy Creek outgained Carrollton 366-88.
“We played like the defense we thought we’d have,” Sandy Creek coach Chip Walker said.
Carrollton (8-1, 5-1) started fast, getting a 53-yard return by Jarvis Terrell on the opening kickoff. The Trojans then drove to the game’s initial score, with quarterback Will Garrett pushing into the end zone from a yard out. The drive covered only 40 yards, but it took 11 plays and ate 5:31 off the clock.
The Trojans’ drive stalled inside the Sandy Creek 5-yard line, and after an illegal-procedure penalty, Tyler Newsome kicked a 23-yard field goal, but the Patriots were flagged for roughing the kicker. Carrollton coach Rayvan Teague opted to take the points off the board and go for a touchdown.
Sandy Creek answered, driving 80 yards on 12 plays. The big sequence in the drive took place on fourth down at the Carrollton 34-yard line. The Patriots ran a play and were apparently stopped short, but Carrollton called a timeout just before the snap. Given a second chance, Sandy Creek’s Delvin Weems bolted 10 yards for a first down, and two plays later Swinney sprinted in from 16 yards out to tie the score.
Sandy Creek took the lead following a turnover. Patriots defensive back Brian Miller stepped in front of a Garrett pass at the Carrollton 20 and returned the pick to the Trojans’ 8-yard line.
Cole Garvin snuck in from less than a yard out to put Sandy Creek up 14-7.
Swinney added a 6-yard run in the third period and Lorenzo Broadwater’s 22-yard field goal made the score 24-7.