HAMMOND | E.C. Central’s offense put up big numbers Friday night against Clark, but head coach Stacy Adams said it’s the Cardinals’ defense that’s becoming the focal point of the team.
The Cardinals held the Pioneers to 32 yards of passing in its 56-8 victory Friday.
Besides keeping Clark out of the end zone for most of the game, the Cardinals defense contributed to the team’s scoring when Martayveus Carter* returned a fumble for a touchdown late in the third quarter.
E.C. Central has had two straight games of scoring more than 50 points, and the Cardinals defense has only allowed 8 points in those games.
Although E.C. Central has had success this season, Adams expects his players to continue working hard to improve.
He said he views every game “as a chance to get better.”
Cardinals senior running back Martayveus Carter didn’t have to touch the ball much to have a big impact on the game.
He scored on three of his four carries in the first half and one of his two carries in the second half.
Adams said Carter will be the first to credit his offensive line for clearing the way for his success on the ground.
Adams also believes Carter’s vision on the field helps set him apart.
“He’s a special player,” Adams said.
Although the Pioneers didn’t put up many points, running back Kensha Funches and quarterback Justin Martinez combined for nearly 180 yards of rushing.
One of Martinez’s carries resulted in Clark’s only touchdown late in the game.
Pioneers senior Fermin Velazquez was taken away in an ambulance late in the first half. The nature of his injury wasn’t immediately available.
*This corrects an earlier version of the story. The Times regrets the error.