Two games, 408 yards, seven touchdowns. This Carr ain’t no lemon.
In fact, maybe you should start calling him Alex “Cadillac” Carr. Got a nice ring to it.
The Cedar Rapids Washington running back has been unstoppable in his team’s first two football games of the season. That included last night’s 151-yard, three-TD effort in a 49-0 evisceration of Cedar Rapids Jefferson at Kingston Stadium.
“He’s terrible,” dead panned Washington Coach Tony Lombardi. “We’re trading him. I heard we got three first-round draft picks for him.”
He’s worth three first-rounders. You kind of figured going into this season the 5-foot-9, 175-pounder was the next terrific Washington running back, and he sure has been.
Washington (2-0) faced eight and nine men in the box last week in its opener against Cedar Rapids Prairie, but it was a more traditional look from Jefferson (0-2) last night. That was much to the delight of a big Warrior offensive line that includes 270-pounders Tyler Burrell and Storhm Henry and 265-pounder Cory Harrison.
Those guys — along with Sean Bredl and Toby Ziemer — opened hole after hole for the ultra-quick Carr, who played a little less than three quarters offensively. He racked up 21 carries, 140 yards and three TDs in the first half, including eight consecutive carries on identical counter plays the opening possession of the game.
“I don’t go into the games thinking I’m going to get 400 yards, I’m going to get five touchdowns,” Carr said. “I go into the game thinking ‘What can I do to help my team?’ To help my team, that means running the ball as hard as I can every single play. That’s what I do, and if I score a touchdown, I score a touchdown.”
“It starts up front, and it ends up front,” Ziemer said. “At the same time, there’s no way the linemen can do it without the backs and a great quarterback … Even the wide receivers, they’re doing an excellent job with their blocks. Once everyone is doing their job, we tend to get it done.”
Washington limited Jefferson to 51 yards. The J-Hawks didn’t pick up its initial first down until the six-minute mark of the first half.
“Just a good old-fashioned physical butt-whooping,” said Jefferson Coach Jim Womochil. “Their front regularly took it to ours. Some of the positive things we did last week against Linn-Mar, we weren’t able to do tonight. We took a step back.”
Reserve back Will Griffin had 101 rushing yards and two TDs for Wash, which ran for 240 yards.
Washington has won nine straight in this long-time series and holds a 35-19-2 edge.