Charleston suffers 56-16 loss to Caruthersville
CHARLESTON -- A strong first half against Charleston Friday night gave the Caruthersville Tigers their second-straight win, pushing them back over the .500 mark on the season.
A pick-six from Bryce Strawn started the scoring as the Tigers built up a 42-point halftime lead en rout to a 56-16 final.
"There was some inconsistency in the passing game early," Caruthersville head coach Jimmy Jackson said. "But overall our playmaking was good. Our defense did a good job swarming the ball every play. Some nice solid hits and just an overall good job all around."
Charleston got a quick stop to the Tigers' opening drive when Charleston's DJ Moore picked off a Charles Golliday.
Strawn returned the favor, however, on the Bluejays' ensuing drive and took it back 23 yards for the first score of the game.
Two more touchdowns in the first quarter gave the Tigers a three-score lead they would never surrender.
Deandre Davis capped a 14-yard drive from one-yard out before a 59-yard pass from Golliday to George Qualls made it 21-0 with 47 seconds left in the quarter.
Golliday hooked up with Qualls for two more scores in the second quarter and Davis punched it in from two yards out with no time left on the clock to give Caruthersville a 42-0 halftime lead.
"I think we came in and were a little bit intimidated based upon past experiences," Charleston head coach Brett Blackman said. "We played back on our heels the first half. At times we put some things together and threw the ball and protected well. We just couldn't get anything going run-wise, which is a big part of our offense."
After rushing for 224 yards and three scores last week against Scott City, Bluejays' running back Q'Naries Anderson was held to 11 yards against Caruthersville.
Charleston was out-gained 226-29 on the ground. Davis led the Tigers attack with 120 yards on 16 carries and Chris Smith pitched in 44 yards on six attempts.
Golliday was 8 of 15 through the air for 185 yards. His favorite target was Qualls, who caught four passes for 123 yards and three touchdowns.
"I thought we were able to run the ball well," Johnson said. "We had some success passing the ball. We were a little bit inconsistent on some plays here and there. We still want to get better. I never want to get complacent.
"As a head coach I always see things and try to get those things corrected. We have a lot of things to clean up to be where we want to be."
Caruthersville finished the night with 411 total yards to the Bluejays 183.
Most of Charleston offense came through the air with quarterback Kavion Thompson completing 3 of 11 passes for 114 yards. Lee Thomas Moody came in during the fourth and added 40 yards passing, completing 2 of 3 attempts.
Larry Estes caught two passes for 107 yards to lead the team.
One of Estes catches, a 68-yard strike, set up the Bluejays first score of the night early in the second half.
After Estes was downed at the one-yard line Jeremy Tucker ran it in on the next play to make it 42-8 after the two-point conversion with 9:07 left in the third.
Caruthersville answered with two more touchdowns to put the turbo-clock back in motion. A 35-yard catch from Moody to Tucker and ensuing two-point conversion with 4:51 left in the game made up the 56-16 final.
"At times we looked really good.," Blackman said. "We put stops to them and had tackles for loss. The key for us is growing and learning and trying to put everything together for four quarters. By no means our they or we proud of what we put out there in the first half.
"You get in those situations and things just snowball on you. I was proud of the way they responded to how they responded to some of the things we talked about at the halftime."
Cauthersville (3-2) hosts Dexter Friday at 7 p.m. while Charleston (1-4) will host Kelly Saturday at 3 p.m. for homecoming.
Ca -- Bryce Strawn 23 interception return (Terrius Rodgers kick), 7:40
Ca -- Deandre Davis 1 run (Rodgers kick), 4:47
Ca -- George Qualls 59 pass from Charles Golliday (Rodgers kick), 0:47
Ca -- Qualls 12 pass from Golliday (kick failed), 11:21
Ca -- Qualls 20 pass from Golliday (Davis run), 1:08
Ca -- Davis 2 run (Rodgers kick), 0:00
Ch -- Jeremy Tucker 1 run (Tucker run), 9:00
Ca -- Golliday 4 run (Rodgers kick), 4:00
Ca -- Chris Smith 10 run (Rodgers kick), 8:30
Ch -- Tucker 35 pass from Lee Thomas Moody (Larry Estes pass from Moody), 4:51
Rushing -- Caruthersville, Deandre Davis 16-120, Chris Smith 6-44, Tanner Cobb 4-26, Charles Golliday 5-22, Adrian Rodgers 4-18, Destin Russel 1-(-4). Charleston, Tyrce Tate 3-33, Q'naries Anderson 9-11, Jakieth Browning 3-7, Jeremy Tucker 1-1, James Durden 1-0, Kavion Thompson 4-(-5), Lee Thomas Moody 2-(-18).
Passing -- Caruthersville, Charles Golliday 8-15-1 185. Charleston, Kavion Thompson 3-11-2 114, Lee Thomas Moody 2-3-0 40.
Receiving -- Caruthersville, George Qualls 4-123, Destin Russel 1-41, Terrius Rodgers 2-20, Bryce Strawn 1-1. Charleston, Larry Estes 2-107, Jeremy Tucker 2-42, Deonte Fisher 1-5.