VINTON — Vinton fumbled the ball away in the first quarter, but junior wide receiver Jaden Carrier turned the Lions’ fortunes around Friday night at B.S. Walker Stadium.
Carrier scored twice in the span just over two and a half minutes in the second quarter and lead the Lions to a 36-6 win over Elton.
Carrier had a career night with five catches for 184 yards and three touchdowns. His first came with 7:45 left in the second quarter on a 44 pass from Drew Heinen followed by a 42-reception with 5:04 left in the first half. Carrier added a 52-yard reception with 9:44 left in the game that put the Lions (1-1) up 36-0.
Heinen completed 8 of 14 passes for 199 yards and was intercepted twice. He scored on a 78-yard run in the third quarter.
Elton’ s (0-2) Bryce Laughlin ended the shutout with an 18-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter and finished with 112 yards on 25 carries.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Elton0006 — 6
Vinton016146 — 38
V: Jaden Carrier 44 pass from Drew Heinen (Heinen run) 7:45 2Q
V: Carrier 42 pass from Heinen (Jordan Janice run) 5:04 2Q
V: Jordan Janice 27 run (pass failed) 8:10 3Q
V: Heinen 78 run (Janice run) 2:59 3Q
V: Carrier 52 pass from Heinen (pass failed) 9:44 4Q
E: Bryce Laughlin 18 run
RUSHING — Elton: Bryce Laughlin 25-112, Darnell James 3-27, Jamaco Mitchell 17-50. Vinton: Jordan Janice 9-62, Drew Heinen 6-75, Hezakiah Holts 5-17.
PASSING — Elton: Chandler Leonard 1-6-0—27. Vinton: Drew Heinen 8-14-2—199.
RECEIVING — Elton: Bryce Laughlin 1-27. Vinton: Jaden Carrier 5-184, Keishawn Budwine 2-21.