ALLEMAN - A bad possession at the start of the second half proved costly for the North Polk football team in a 31-0 loss to Carlisle Friday on homecoming night in Alleman.
The Comets trailed 17-0 at the half to a strong Wildcat team with only one loss on the season. North Polk was threatening to go into the end zone on its opening drive of the second half, but the Comets proceeded to give the ball back to Carlisle and they never recovered.
“The possession after half really took the wind out of us — getting to a first and goal at the one and proceeding to lose 56 yards and turn the ball over,” North Polk head football coach Evan Groepper said. “It would have been interesting to see how it plays out if we punch that in.”
A 45-yard touchdown run from Max Goodhue pushed Carlisle’s lead to 24-0 five minutes into the third quarter. Goodhue added an 8-yard score in the fourth quarter to slam the door on the Comets.
North Polk fell to 2-4 overall and 1-3 in Class 3A District 6 with the loss. The Comets were limited to 259 total yards and Carlisle piled up 390.
“Carlisle is a good football team that plays a downhill physical style,” Groepper said. “We needed to make some plays on offense to score and keep ourselves in the game. (The) kids did a great job dealing with adversity of a couple of key injuries. (I) told the guys that we are an improved team from the last couple of years, but the scoreboard just isn’t showing it.”
Comet quarterback Colten Parkins couldn’t finish the game, so Logan Engebretson came in and completed 7 of 16 passes for 92 yards with no interceptions in a gutsy effort. Mason Russell turned in a big game in defeat at tailback, rushing for 164 yards on 25 carries, and Caleb Lomica was big on defense with 10 tackles, one interception and a fumble recovery.
Jeff Lamp had 5.5 tackles, Sully Hartsook four and Tyler Sinclair 3.5. Russell added three tackles and a sack and Alec Bolletta and Quinten Sommers each chipped in three tackles.
Sommers also had three receptions for 48 yards. Austin McArthur added two catches for 15 yards and Ryan Fausch two grabs for 13 yards.
Goodhue threw for 124 yards and ran for 84 and Conner Smith ran for 96 yards and one touchdown for Carlisle. Kacyn Pickering ran for 69 yards, Cole Henderson made four grabs for 57 yards, Tegan Wyckoff ran for a touchdown and Nate Ramirez tallied eight tackles and a sack for the Wildcats, who improved to 5-1 and 3-1 respectively.
North Polk travels to Knoxville (2-4, 0-4) this Friday to take on the Panthers.
“We have a great group of young men that will get back at it and prepare for Knoxville,” Groepper said.
The Comets’ game with Knoxville begins at 7:30 p.m.
Carlisle 31, North Polk 0
C 7 10 7 7 - 31
NP 0 0 0 0 - 0
C - Conner Smith 5 run (Garrett Pienkowski kick), 7:28.
C - Tegan Wyckoff 2 run (Pienkowski kick), 10:44.
C - Pienkowski 31 FG, 0:54.
C - Max Goodhue 45 run (Pienkowski kick), 7:01.
C - Goodhue 8 run (Pienkowski kick), 3:40.
Team statistics C NP
First downs 20 11
Rushes-yards 41-266 28-162
Passing 8-13-1 9-21-0
Passing yards 124 97
Total yards 390 259
Fumbles-lost 2-1 2-1
Punts-average NA 2-29.5
Penalties-yards 3-15 2-25
Rushing: C - Conner Smith 14-96, Max Goodhue 14-84, Kacyn Pickering 7-69, Tegan Wyckoff 6-17. NP - Mason Russell 25-164, Logan Engebretson 3-(-2).
Passing: C - Goodhue 8-13-1-124. NP - Engebretson 7-16-0-92, Colten Parkins 2-5-0-5.
Receiving: C - Cole Henderson 4-57, Brett Pierce 1-24, Pickering 1-19, Ben Kooker 1-16, Nate Mortimer 1-8. NP - Quinten Sommers 3-48, Russell 2-21, Austin McArthur 2-15, Ryan Fausch 2-13.
Tackles: C - Nate Ramirez 8, Kallen Glawe 7, Grady Laughlin 5.5, William Voboril 5.5. NP - Caleb Lomica 10, Jeff Lamp 5.5, Sully Hartsook 4, Tyler Sinclair 3.5.
Sacks: C - Ramirez, Cooper Schettler, Smith. NP - Russell, Mark Cox.
Fumble recoveries: NP - Lomica.
Interceptions: NP - Lomica.