SALTILLO – Heading into Friday night’s Division 1-5A battle at Saltillo, West Point wideout Michael Carr knew that muddy conditions might limit his touches.
So the all-state performer simply made the most of every chance he got.
Carr scored a touchdown all three times he touched the ball in the first half, powering West Point to a 28-12 win over a game Saltillo squad.
“That’s just what he does,” said West Point head coach Chris Chambless, who watched his team improve to 8-1 overall and 5-0 in division play. “He is a game-breaker, and he’s done that for us all year.”
Carr caught a 32-yard touchdown pass from West Point quarterback Quintin Spraggins just over a minute into the game and added a 23-yard scoring reception 10 minutes later, reaching the end zone on his only two touches of the first quarter.
The Green Wave star capped his night with a 1-yard scoring plunge in the second quarter to give the visiting Wave a 28-0 lead.
“He’s an exceptional player, there’s no doubt about that,” Saltillo head coach Greg May said. “He lived up to the billing tonight.”
So did West Point, which also got a 9-yard TD run by junior fullback LaKenderic Thomas. The Wave led 28-0 early in the second quarter before the home-standing Tigers mounted a charge on Senior Night.
Saltillo QB Drew Chisholm put the Tigers on the board midway through the second quarter with a 16-yard scoring run, and senior tailback Cameron Robinson capped the scoring with a 9-yard TD jaunt in the third quarter.
“Our guys never quit. They’ve been that way all year,” May said of his Tigers, who fell to 3-6 on the season. “There’s a lot of fight left in this team.”
Saltillo’s defense forced five West Point turnovers on the night, including a fumble recovery by Robinson that led directly to Chisholm’s TD.
“Our defense continues to play well,” May said. “They kept churning and fighting all night against a good team. And Drew really gave us a shot in the arm when he got in there.”
For West Point, Carr’s latest exploits were made possible by the performance of Spraggins, a sophomore making his first start in the absence on starting QB Justin Cox.
“You can’t ask for anything more out of a kid than what he gave us,” said West Point offensive coordinator Lee J. Grisham. “He was thrust into the spotlight this week but he managed the game extremely well.”
West Point limited Saltillo to just 93 total yards, 21 of which came in the first half.
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