Everything went the No. 7 Trojans' way early, and even when it didn't, it still ended up in their advantage.
"For the most part, we played a pretty clean game. We had two turnovers, which we didn't like — an interception and a fumble — but other than that, I thought special teams played well, defensively we played really well and offensively we executed it the times we had," Carrollton coach Rayvan Teague said.
The game opened with a 70-yard drive, capped by a Dan Harris two-yard run for the 7-0 lead and then the Carrollton defense went out and picked up a safety on the the third Columbus (0-4, 0-1 Region 5-AAAA) play of the game for the 9-0 advantage.
Carrollton's next drive ended with an interception, but De'Antoine Cammons turned around and intercepted a Blue Devil pass and took it 66 yards the other way for the score. And the defense went back to work on the next drive, as Turner Martin recovered a fumble in the end zone for another touchdown and the 23-0 lead early in the game.
From there, Malik Sheppard returned a punt 39 yards for a score, Harris had another two-yard run off a Deion Webb fumble recovery and the Trojans (2-2, 1-0) led comfortable after one quarter, 37-0.
In the second quarter, Trey Chivers carried it in for a seven-yard run and Jarvis Terrell had a 22-yard run for a score to put the Trojans up 51-0 at halftime.
Jack Garrett scored on an eight-yard run — and added a two-point conversion on a pass to Lance Waldrop. A two-yard run from B.J. Williams capped off the Carrollton scoring on the night.
Harris led the Trojans offensively with 62 yards on nine carries and a pair of scores, while Terrell added 59 yards and Garrett had 39 yards on the night.
While there are plenty of region opponents left, Teague said it's always good to get the first one.
"It was nice to get in, have a big win, not get anyone else hurt, get some young kids in and see them compete. From that standpoint, it was a good night," Teague said. "Our challenge to them all week and [Friday] night really wasn't about Columbus, it was about whether or not we could play at a high level and execute. For the most part, we did that. And that's what we're going to have to do for us to be successful in region play."
The Trojans travel to face Fayette County next week.