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Carroll relies on sturdy rushing attack to overpower H.D. Woodson

When Archbishop Carroll senior Jamal Mungo Jr. punctured H.D. Woodson’s defensive front for a four-yard touchdown, he completed an opening drive that consisted solely of running plays — and set the tone for his Lions.

In a sport that increasingly favors spread offenses over old-fashioned ground-and-pound attacks, Carroll was often a football relic Saturday in a bruising 34-0 victory in Northeast Washington. And on the rare occasions when the Lions did complete passes, the payoffs were huge.

“Everybody has their theory of why we keep running the ball while everyone around us is throwing it,” Carroll Coach Rob Harris said. “Most people think it’s because I’m a former running back myself, but to be honest with you, I just feel like it’s the easiest way to eliminate mistakes while also controlling the clock. Everybody knows that in high school ball, kids are going to make a bunch of mistakes, so why would I help them make more by calling riskier plays?”

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