FORT WAYNE – Carroll senior John Hester called it chemistry.
That it was – explosive chemistry between a receiver and quarterback.
Oh, yeah, that felt good. We got our chemistry going. Everything came together tonight, and we were ready to play, said Hester, who had 12 catches for 233 yards, including the 72-yard touchdown catch that finalized the scoring in a 27-0 Class 5A sectional victory over Warsaw on Friday night.
Chargers senior quarterback Grant Wilson completed 16 of 27 passes for 271 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Wilson also ran for 68 yards on 18 carries and scored a touchdown.
Hester was a constant source of anguish for the Tigers as the Chargers took control in the first half.
We hit the film. We studied. (Wilson) and I have been playing together since eighth grade, said Hester, who had 10 catches for 133 yards in the first half as the Chargers built a 13-0 lead. We really have good chemistry going and just had to execute tonight.
A 12-yard touchdown pass from Wilson to senior Matt Kowalsky opened the scoring early in the first quarter, and Wilson scored on a touchdown run from 1 yard out with 10:40 remaining in the second quarter.
Sophomore Drue Tranquill returned a punt 42 yards for a touchdown and a 20-0 lead with 7:19 left in the third quarter, and he also made a dazzling one-handed fourth-quarter interception.
I can’t say enough because they do so much (on defense), Wilson said. They go out each week, determined and blitz the hell out of everybody and just know how to work. They know how to get the job done.
The Chargers (7-3) forced three fumbles.
Warsaw sophomore quarterback Austin Head threw for only 32 yards, and senior running back Zack Rooney was limited to 67 yards on 17 carries.
And when the Chargers had the ball, they were dominant.
I always feel that connection with (Hester), Wilson said.
I’ve played with him from middle school and on. I know I can trust him. Any ball I throw, he makes the plays. We try to spread the ball. We’re not the biggest spread team. But you’ve got to give (Hester) the chances when you can. You always want to give him in the ball.
Carroll junior running back James Crumley ran for 103 yards on 23 carries, and Kowalsky had three catches for 33 yards.
The Chargers hadn’t scored more than 23 points in a game this season, and that came in a Week 2 loss to Delta.
Warsaw (4-6) lost three of its last four games and was shut out for the first time this season. Warsaw junior Taylor Cone had an interception and a fumble recovery.