Football: Carmel crushes Marian Catholic 41-7
By Erik Schmidt For Sun-Times Media September 13, 2013 11:52PM
Carmel's #14 Darrrius Crump breaks tackles for a long gain during a game with Marian Catholic on 9/13/13. Carmel led 35 to 7 in the 3rd quarter. | John Booz/for the Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 14, 2013 6:24PM
carmel 41, Marian catholic 7
Marian Catholic lined up do-everything senior weapon Dillon Burns at essentially every position — running back, receiver, quarterback — to get an edge, but it was Carmel’s quadruple-headed rushing attack of quarterback Nick Grandolfo and running backs Darrius Crump, Joe Hoy and Christian Heinz that made the difference in this lop-sided win. Grandolfo and Crump had two scores apiece, Heinz had one, and the 190 pound Hoy consistently moved the chains all night.
Up 21-7 with 35-seconds left in the first half, Carmel (1-2)converted on fourth and long in Marian Catholic territory when Grandolfo completed a 16-yard pass to the sophomore speedster Crump. Grandolfo punched in a 1-yard touchdown on a keeper a few plays later to put the game effectively out of reach.
The 5-foot-9, 180 pound Crump was big-time for the Corsairs, delivering a handful of game-busting plays. He had a 14-yard run that went for the Corsairs’ first score of the game, and a long, gritty 40-yarder that ended in six points and most of the Spartan defense lying on the Astro Turf.
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Grandolfo was used mostly as a rusher in Carmel’s deadly option, but when he did throw the ball he made it count. The agile QB attempted three passes in the first half and completed all of them for 86-yards and a touchdown. Meanwhile, Spartan senior quarterback Patrick Schmidt wasn’t nearly as fortunate, completing only 8 of 19 passes.
“We’re getting better each week. I’m also the (athletic director), and I scheduled some pretty tough teams early on because we love the competition. You could get discouraged if you get beat up early on but these kids are fighting through it. We’re going to be a better team because of it.” — Carmel coach Andy Bitto