Carlton rides dominant second half to victory

A Bedford Road Redhawks running back runs into a wall of Carlton Crusader defenders during high school football action at Max Clunie Field on Friday. -- Jason Kerr/Daily Herald

The Carlton Crusaders are officially in the win column.

The Crusader offence scored 22 unanswered points while the defence produced four second half turnovers on route to a 36-14 victory over the visiting Bedford Road Redhawks on Friday.

The win gives Carlton a 1-3 record on the season, and a boost of confidence heading into the final stretch.

“It wasn’t always how we scripted it at times,” Crusader head coach Lindsay Strachan chuckled after the game. “There’s definitely some things to clean up heading into next week, but it’s definitely nice to get the first one under our belt.”

Friday’s game at Max Clunie Field looked to be over early, when Carlton built a 14-0 lead on the strength of two rushing touchdowns from quarterback Jacques Lavoie. However, Bedford Road rallied for two late first half scores, including a touchdown on the last play of the second quarter, to tie things up heading into halftime.

That would be the lone offensive outburst for the visitors, as the Crusader defence held fast for the rest of the game.

Linebacker Inesh Rai and defensive back Daniel Dupre both recorded interceptions, while Conner Sangret and Owen Davies each recovered a fumble. The turnovers resulted in plenty of prime field position for the Carlton offense, which didn’t hesitate to put it to good use.

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