The John Carroll Patriots kicked off their 2013 football season in a big way Saturday, hosting and blowing out Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 63-6.
John Carroll had the game under control from the opening kickoff, which Jerome Brown ran back 88 yards for a touchdown. The score led to 28 straight points before Mount Carmel tallied its only score of the day.
The Patriots led, 35-6, after one quarter and, 56-6, at the half. A third quarter touchdown by the Patriots was the game's final score.
Brown finished the day with two more touchdowns and 41 yards on five carries. John Carroll's All-state fullback, Paul Lorick, was nearly unstoppable, rushing for 207 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries. Lorick had another scoring run of 46 yards, but it was called back on a holding penalty. As a team, John Carroll rushed for 308 yards on 23 attempts.
The Patriots defense was just as impressive, making 14 tackles for loss, including eight sacks. Linebacker Gus Lane led the defense with nine tackles and three sacks. Senior defensive back Isiah Speller-Martin picked off a pass and raced 80 yards for a touchdown. The special teams were also in play, blocking three punts.
In addition to touchdown runs by Brown and Lorick, Allen Bryant added a 24-yard touchdown run and Jake Rosaschi scored on a 21-yard pass from Christian Scott.
Patriots kicker Pat Kimble made good in his debut, making all nine point after kicks.
The Patriots will be back in action at 7 p.m. Friday, visiting Parkville.