Bloom-Carroll Defeats Teays Valley; Clinches MSL-Buckeye Title

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CARROLL, Ohio (WOUB) – A battle of unbeatens in the Mid State League matched up in Carroll Friday night. The Teays Valley Vikings would travel to face off against the Bulldogs of Bloom Carroll for the league title.

A miscommunication would be had on the first possession for the Bloom offense as an interception would give the ball to the Vikings. That wouldn’t stop Bloom Carroll as their stifling defense would create a drowning field position for Teays Valley.

The story of the Bulldog offense was the ability to methodically drive down the field. They showed this by striking first. QB KJ Benedict would punch in a 1-yard run after a long pass was completed to WR Beau Wisecarver.

The Bloom offense wouldn’t look back from here on out. Chase Plants would score off a handoff to make it 14-0 Bloom Carroll. The scoring onslaught began. Five minutes later, Bloom Carroll would find the endzone again from a Dylan Armentrout rushing touchdown.

Armentrout would find a huge hole after a Viking three and out as he cashes in a 75-yard rushing touchdown. The Vikings would fumble on the following possession to put the Bulldogs in prime position to create a running clock for the second half. They would succeed by another touchdown from Chase Plants.

A 35-0 lead heading into halftime had everyone but the Bloom faithful. The Teays Valley offense did not have a single first down and they also converted to a T-Bone offense in the second quarter after their spread was being locked down by a great Bloom Carroll secondary.

Coming out of the locker rooms, the Bulldogs didn’t cool off any. Benedict would locate Branyon Dodds in the endzone to widen the gap. Things would be capped off by a 100-yard pick-six from Bloom Carroll defender Carter Bepler to end the game at 49-0.

Teays was very off tonight as their offense couldn’t generate anything outside of 1 prayer of a throw. The defense was also exposed heavily tonight. The defense before this only let up a maximum of 22 points but tonight, it felt like there was no hope on the Viking sideline. They looked to rebound at home against Logan Elm.

Coach Wade Bartholomew had his team ready, and it showed tonight. Bloom Carroll has officially won the Mid State League title and will look to complete a 10-0 season as they travel to take on the Hamilton Township Rangers.