All week long, the Carrollton High School football coaching staff made it impossible for their team to forget what happened the last time Hiram came to Grisham Stadium. White paper signs all throughout the field house -- as well as Carrollton's scoreboard -- displayed the score of last season's 41-14 loss to the Hornets throughout the week.
Hosting Hiram once again on Friday night, the Trojans exacted their revenge.
Carrollton (8-2, 6-2 Region 7-AAAAA) found the end zone on each of its first four drives and cruised to a 50-0 win over the Hornets on Senior Night to lock up a three seed for the Class AAAAA state playoffs.
"It was a great night to send these seniors off," Carrollton head coach Sean Calhoun said. "You always want to have them play their last game, or last regular-season game, and get a big win. That was outstanding."
Junior running back Kodee Brewer had rushes of 14 and 17 yards on the Trojans' opening drive before punching it in from the one-yard line to give his team an early 7-0 lead.
On Carrollton's next possession, it was junior running back Brandon Marenco who found the end zone on a 17-yard rush to give the Trojans a 14-0 advantage with 1:50 left in the first quarter.
The Trojans added to their lead late in the first quarter as freshman quarter Myles Morris connected with senior Isaiah Lancaster for a 13-yard touchdown pass to make it 21-0.
Rushing touchdowns from Brewer and Morris, followed by 43-yard field goal from senior kicker Connor Smith-McCrum, gave the Trojans an insurmountable 37-0 lead at halftime.
They added rushing scores from Brewer and freshman running back Keshawn Ridley to round out the scoring.
Carrollton will now roll into the playoffs after a pair of blowout victories, outscoring opponents 106-0 over its final two regular-season games. While the offensive firepower is what initially jumps out, Calhoun was quick to credit his team's defensive performance as well.
"That's back-to-back shutouts, which is very, very hard to do," Calhoun said. "I'm very proud of them for that."
Calhoun added that he hopes the Trojans can look back on what they accomplished the past two weeks -- both offensively and defensively -- and use it to fuel them going forward.
"No matter what sport you're playing, no matter when it is in the season, if you can get that momentum in your favor, the odds of you winning the game is going to increase," Calhoun said. "The kids just have more confidence. They play better, they don't hesitate as much, they're just kind of flying around."
The Trojans will look to carry that momentum into the opening round of the state playoffs next week when they travel to second-seeded Riverwood.