KANNAPOLIS – Following back-to-back road victories, the A.L. Brown football team continued its groove in front of the home crowd.
Jose Vargas caught a pair of touchdown passes from quarterback Cam Kromah to lead A.L. Brown to a 28-0 win over Carson Friday night at Kannapolis Memorial Stadium.
The Cream of Cabarrus No. 5 Wonders won their third game in a row, and their defense scored a touchdown for the fifth time this season.
The Wonders’ defense forced two turnovers, one of which was a one-handed interception by Josiah Cauthen.
“We are always needing it, but I’m glad we are able to make those plays when it happens in front of them,” A.L. Brown coach Mike Newsome said.
Vargas caught a 15-yard touchdown pass to give A.L. Brown a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter. He added a 25-yard touchdown grab to put the game out of reach late in the third quarter.
“We work at practice and after practice,” Vargas said. “We work on extra routes and go over plays so we will be able to communicate and get things done in the game.”
Carson slowed the game down, ran the ball 52 times and often waited until the play clock got all the way down before running a play.
“(Carson) had a great game plan,” Newsome said. “They slowed the game down and really controlled the clock by running the ball and using the whole 40-second clock, so that just limited our opportunities.
“When we had an opportunity, in the first half, we only had the ball five times and we scored on two of them. When you are about 50 percent scoring percentage, that’s not a bad night. Then we took care of business in the second half.”
A.L. Brown 4-1 overall, 0-0 South Piedmont 3A Conference; Carson 2-5 North Piedmont 3A
THE PLAY OF THE GAME
A.L. Brown had a 14-0 lead early in the third quarter when Carson was driving inside the 5-yard line. Carson running back Evan Johnston fumbled, and Wonders linebacker Dezmond Adams scooped the ball up and raced 95 yards for the touchdown.
Instead of Carson cutting its deficit in half, it found itself trailing 21-0 in the third quarter.
-- Kromah completed 10-of-18 passes for 133 yards and threw an interception in the end zone just before halftime. He connected on two touchdown passes.
-- In addition to his two touchdown catches, Vargas had another reception and finished with 49 yards.
-- Running back Todd Kennedy made the most of his eight rushing attempts. He gained 44 yards and scored a rushing touchdown with just under four minutes to go in the second quarter, giving A.L. Brown a 14-0 lead.
-- Johnston was a workhorse. He carried the ball 29 times for 76 yards. He also caught a 27-yard pass.
-- Carson tried to control the game clock as much as possible. The Cougars were still forced to punt six times, had two turnovers and gave the ball away by turning the ball over on downs on several other occasions.
-- Carson’s band provided some joy, playing fight songs from The Ohio State University. O-H-
(Editor’s note: The writer is an Ohio native and a huge Buckeyes fan!)
-- I’m not sure if any colleges are recruiting Vargas, but they need to. The senior is a massive weapon in that offense -- tall, athletic and strong.
WHAT’S UP NEXT?
A.L. Brown hosts Central Cabarrus next Friday. Carson travels to East Rowan.
Carson 0 0 0 0 -- 0
A.L. Brown 7 7 14 0 – 28
ALB – Jose Vargas 15 pass from Cam Kromah (Mario Carmona kick), 4:40
ALB – Todd Kennedy 3 run (Carmona kick), 3:59u
ALB – Dezmond Adams 95 fumble return (Carmona kick), 8:56
ALB – Vargas 25 pass from Kromah (Carmona kick), :40