Drue and Justin Tranquill wanted to do something that hadn't been done at Carroll since 2003 -- beat Homestead in a football game.
Carroll got its first win against its Northeast Hoosier Conference rival, winning 51-34 behind the efforts of the Tranquill brothers.
“This is just a great opportunity for the Carroll community,” Drue Tranqill said. “It was a great football game. This is what high school football is all about.”
The senior carried the ball 17 times for 245 yards with five touchdowns. He scored four of his touchdowns in the second half, including a 42-yard run with under five minutes to play to put Carroll (5-2, 3-2 NHC) up 44-34 and put the game out of reach for Homestead (5-2, 3-2 NHC).
His brother finished with 122 rushing yards on 24 carries and two touchdowns. His final touchdown put the Chargers over the 50-point mark with under a minute left in the game.
“They showed a lot of character and tenacity,” Carroll head coach Doug Dinan said. “That's what has to happen if you're going to be successful. You have to make plays and you have to make stops.”
Carroll scored 34 second half points for the win after trailing 19-17 in the first half. The Chargers looked like a different team in the second half as both Tranquills were able to move the ball with ease.
“Some guys weren't doing their jobs and we were struggling,” Drue Tranquill said. “It's my responsibility to get the team up when we're down. And we came out firing in the second half and came together.”
The game was delayed for 25 minutes midway through the third quarter when Homestead's Gunnar Goebel was stretchered off the field with a neck injury. Head coach Chad Zolman said Goebel had movement in his extremities and was taken to Lutheran Hospital for precautionary reasons.
After the game restarted, the two offenses raced to score a combined 36 points on the next five possessions.
Zolman said Carroll is nearly impossible to beat once it starts pouring on points.
“I don't think you want to get into a track meet with this group,” Zolman said. “They've got some wheels. We just couldn't take [the Tranquills] down.”
Carroll started off to a quick 17-0 start by the end of the first quarter. Homestead responded by rattling off 19 consecutive points in the second quarter to go into halftime with the two-point lead.
Homestead quarterback Logan Ormsby threw three touchdown passes in the second quarter. His first was a 4-yard pass to John Lark to cut Carroll's lead to 17-6. His second came five plays after Carroll quarterback Chandler Boggs was picked off by Oleg Brown. He threw a 30-yard pass to Tristan Phillips to pull Homestead to 17-13.
Ormsby's third touchdown came two plays after a Carroll fumble when he connected with Austin Krider for a 10-yard pass.
Ormsby finished the game with 313 passing yards and four touchdown passes. He also ran for a touchdown.
The loss puts Homestead two games behind New Haven, who beat Bellmont 54-14, for the NHC crown.
“I don't think there's any question New Haven is in the driver's seat,” Zolman said. “It'd be a shock if anyone could dethrone them.”