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Sorin edges Carroll in defensive season opener

| Monday, September 29, 2014

Sorin opened its season with a 8-0 win against Carroll in a defensive slugfest Sunday afternoon.

The Otters (1-0) scored on a 20-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback John Pearl to freshman receiver Charles Edwards during the second quarter and converted the two-point conversion for the game’s only score. Pearl completed four passes on seven attempts for 80 yards and one touchdown while sophomore running back Abd-Eljaami Madina rushed for 18 yards on eight rushing attempts.

“Our defense was phenomenal,” Pearl said. “They were out there for the first 13 minutes of the second half and just shut Carroll down.”

The Vermin (1-1) had the ball inside the Sorin 10-yard line with under two minutes left to play when the Sorin defense forced a fumble and recovered to seal the win.

“It was a hard-fought game against a great Carroll team,” Pearl said. “They really showed up to play, but we got a few balls that bounced our way and it worked out for the best for us.”

Carroll freshman quarterback Tyler Troxell completed five passes on 10 attempts for 46 yards and sophomore running back Bailey Ross ran for 94 yards on 17 attempts.

“Defensively, I think we had a good game,” Carroll sophomore captain and receiver Zachary Dodd said. “We let up one big play.”

Carroll had many scoring opportunities squandered by penalties.

“We need to improve our mental part of the game,” Dodd said. “We’ve got to come back next week, practice hard, eliminate mental mistakes and go out and beat Zahm.”

Sorin is in action again next Sunday when it takes on St. Edward’s, while Carroll will look to rebound against Zahm. Both games kick of at 3:30 p.m. at the Riehle Fields.

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