By Mike Myers
WASHINGTON — The Washington Hatchets found out just how good Mt. Carmel in general and Levi Laws in particular are in a 48-13 Big 8 Conference loss at Hatchet Hollow on Friday.
Mt. Carmel (5-0, 3-0) scored a pair of touchdowns before three minutes had elapsed in the first quarter, and both times it was Laws doing the honors against Washington (0-6, 0-4).
On the game’s opening drive, Laws took a 47-yard pass from Golden Aces quarterback Reece Metcalf into the end zone to cap a four-play, 68-yard drive. Caleb Kline’s point after gave Mt. Carmel a 7-0 less than a minute into the contest.
A three-and-out by Washington on the Hatchets’ first possession quickly turned into Mt. Carmel points when Laws ran back a Clayton Johnson punt 70 yards for a touchdown and a 13-0 Aces lead.
Those two quick scores opened the floodgates for Mt. Carmel, which led 28-0 after one quarter and 48-0 at halftime. Laws added a 73-yard touchdown run in the opening half, while Metcalf threw touchdown passes of 13 yards to Thomas Allen, nine yards to Austin Thompson, and 15 yards to Daxton Peach. Sean Flickinger rounded out the scoring in the first half with a 12-yard run 3:27 from the end of the half as the Aces took a 48-0 lead into the locker room.
It was another difficult defensive outing for the Hatchets, something which coach Kelly Brashear’s team will have to improve upon when Washington travels to Vincennes this week.
“We have to get a lot better on defense in a week’s time,” said Brashear. “Ultimately, it all comes back on me. But we just don’t tackle well, we’re out of position, we’re washed down, we’re just not very disciplined.
“We just have to keep working hard at this, and try to get those kids to believe in what we’re selling to them,” said Brashear. “There will be some success that comes with being disciplined at your position. Once we get that we’ll be okay.”
Mt. Carmel came into the contest keying on Hatchet running back Jaden Arvin, who was averaging 144 yards on the ground coming into the contest. And the Aces shut down Arvin, who netted zero yards on six carries in the first half, which saw Mt. Carmel out gain the Hatchets 405-79 Arvin finished the contest with 23 yards rushing on 12 attempts.
Washington did sustain one drive during the first half, a 10-play, 32-yard march after the Laws’ punt return for a score. Quarterback Jake Brashear completed a pair of passes on the drive, including a nifty 16-yard strike to Austin Moody. Luke Thornton also carried four times for 15 yards on the drive, but the Hatchets were forced to punt after gaining a pair of first downs with 4:04 left in the first quarter.
Washington did have some bright spots, particularly in the second half. Brashear had his best night throwing the football of the season, completing 6-18 for 97 yards and a touchdown, a 20-yard completion on fourth down to Arvin in the third quarter. Brashear, who was also the leading Hatchet ground gainer on the night with 31 yards on seven attempts, capped off another drive late in the fourth quarter with a 20-yard touchdown run.
Brashear completed passes to five different receivers, including Moody, Thornton, Tyler Summers, Jansen Shake, and Arvin, with Shake hauling in two passes for 22 yards.
Given the score at halftime, Brashear instructed his team to work on some different aspects of the game in the second half, and he was impressed with the results.
“When it’s 48-0 at halftime, the game’s out of hand. So we talked about at halftime going out and working on the things we don’t do a whole lot off or do very well,” said Brashear. “We threw the ball quite a bit the second half, and I thought Jake threw some good balls, and we ran some pretty good routes in the second half.”
Brashear complimented his counterpart on the Mt. Carmel sidelines, Darren Peach, for his sportsmanship given the lopsided halftime score. Peach pulled Metcalf and Laws from the lineup before halftime, and the Golden Aces ran just six offensive plays in the second half.
“They are a very fundamentally sound football team, very well coached,” said Brashear. “I thought Coach Peach showed a lot of class, agreeing to run the clock in the second half, and they took every second of the play clock, they just showed a lot of class in the second half.”