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Carr carries Tustin to punishing win
ALISO VIEJO – Tustin coach Myron Miller is quick to point out the major difference between running the double-wing offense and implementing the I-formation.
“I just don’t have the deception when I’m in I,” Miller said. “Everybody knows who’s getting the ball.”
Everyone knew Tustin’s running back KC Carr was getting the call Friday night, but hardly anyone on defense could contain him.
The Tillers (2-1) were catapulted by Carr’s 305 rushing yards on 19 carries to a 42-21 nonleague victory over host Aliso Niguel (1-2).
“Running from an I-formation, you can see the whole field,” Carr said. “I have a great offensive line.”
Carr ran for four touchdowns for Tustin, ranked No. 21 in the Register's Top 25 poll.
Before kickoff, Miller announced that senior running back Derek Soto would miss the remainder of the season because of a broken foot suffered in last week’s shutout loss to Foothill.
“We couldn’t do anything but run one play,” Miller said. “But it was a pretty good play.”
The elusive Carr had four runs of at least 33 yards, including a 46-yard touchdown to cap the Tillers scoring with 3.7 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
On the first play of the game, Carr found a gaping hole up the middle and broke away for an uncontested 80-yard scoring run.
Aliso Niguel’s (1-2) ensuing drive stalled deep in the red zone when Sagel Simon picked off a deflected pass in the end zone. It took the Tillers just seven plays to push the ball 96 yards up field for a 14-0 lead.
Simon then added a 15 yard scoring run on a bootleg keeper with 3:46 left in the half, and the Tillers were off and running.
The defense also played a pivotal role, forcing six turnovers. Senior Lomen Tep had two interceptions, including a 32-yard return for a touchdown midway through the third quarter.