By Blake Long/Special to the Journal
BOONEVILLE – Chase Carpenter was known more for his punting and kickoffs in high school than his field goal attempts. He isn’t too bad at the latter, either.
Carpenter, who graduated from Marshall Academy, booted four field goals to help lift the sixth-ranked Northwest Rangers to a 19-13 win over Northeast at Tiger Stadium Thursday night.
“I didn’t think about it and just kicked it,” said Carpenter. “You do it repetitively every week, doing so much kicking that when you get in a game it just comes natural.”
Three of Carpenter’s four kicks came in the second quarter, including his long of the night – a 37-yarder, as the Rangers (3-0, 2-0 MACJC North Division) built their lead to 16-7 at halftime.
The sophomore added a 28-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter to return the visitor’s lead to two possessions, but Northwest needed a last-minute stop to hold off an upset bid.
Chris Cooper knocked through his second field goal of the night with 2:48 to play to cut the Tigers’ deficit to 19-13. New Albany’s Kareem Brown then came up with the onside kick to give Northeast the ball on their own 40-.
A diving catch by Demarrion Haynes on a 41-yard pass from Nolan Genovese got the Tigers (1-3, 0-2) within 20 yards of a score.
Three plays later, a Genovese pass attempt was batted at the line by Kendall Carr and Randolph Williams caught it for an interception to seal the win for the Rangers.
“We did not execute, but I’m proud of the way they fought because anybody else would have folded,” Northeast coach Ricky Smither said. “These guys just keep fighting and I can live with that.”
Genovese, a Holmes transfer, completed 19 of 24 passes for 138 yards in his first start for the Tigers. His 18-yard completion to Xavier Amerson set up a four-yard touchdown run by Pascal Desir III to knot the game at 7-7 after one quarter.
Northwest went 59 yards on their opening drive and scored on a Teshadi Talton run.