Danville coach Sam Harp had made it clear to his team and everyone else that the Admirals gave a lackluster performance in their previous game against Owen County, but he said this game couldn't have been more different.
"Our guys played exceptionally well," Harp said. "We were embarrassed by our performance last week, and our guys more than made up for that."
The Admirals scored almost at will and kept the Carroll offense under wraps as the battle between two of the top contenders for the Class A, District 4 title proved to be no contest.
Danville (6-1, 2-0 district) scored on four straight series after an early turnover to take a 29-0 lead, and the Admirals went on to score on all but three offensive possessions.
Carroll (6-1, 1-1), meanwhile, managed only 6 yards in the first quarter and didn't get a first down until less than five minutes remained in the first half. The Panthers also turned the ball over three times in the second half.
"It's very disappointing," Carroll coach Dave Eckstein said. "We still feel like we have a good team; we just ran into a buzzsaw tonight."
Eckstein said he knew it was coming.
"We were aware of that," he said. "We knew we were going to get a good effort from them. We just hoped to get our best effort, and I don't feel like that was our best effort."
That's the kind of thing they were saying at Danville last week, as Harp made it clear that the Admirals' effort in their win over Owen County was unacceptable.
Penix, who rushed for a season-high 162 yards and scored two touchdowns, said the turnaround started Monday in the Admirals' film session with assistant coach Jerry Perry
Coach Perry got us hyped up when we were watching film," Penix said. "He said if we played like we did last week, we won't have a chance with them, but we knew if we played our 'A' game they didn't have a chance with us."
It also helped that the Admirals were bigger and faster than Carroll, whose perfect record was built by wins over teams that took a combined 12-27 record into Friday's play.
The Panthers finished with 152 offensive yards, but they gave up 442 yards to a Danville offense that seemingly couldn't be stopped.
"We just did a great job in our offense," Harp said. "I think all our guys need to be commended for what they did."
The Admirals generated 20 first downs, often through gaping holes created by the offensive line.
"The whole line did an excellent job tonight," lineman Ryan Hundley said.
A 63-yard touchdown run in the third quarter vaulted Penix well past the 100-yard mark, and seven of his 10 carries were for more than 10 yards. He also returned an interception for a touchdown in the third quarter.
"Charles had a great game. He played well on both sides of the ball," Harp said.
Kelvin Turner rushed for 82 yards and two touchdowns, and Ronnie Hawkins enjoyed one of his best games of the season at quarterback.
Hawkins was 6-for-9 for 107 yards passing, and he threw for two touchdowns and ran for another.
Mario Berry and Davis Teater caught Hawkins' touchdown passes, and Phillip Dunn and Spencer Houston added rushing touchdowns as Danville reached 63 points for the second time this season.
"When everybody clicks, it motivates everybody around us instead of just one person," Penix said.
Carroll's lone touchdown came on its only sustained drive of the night. An impressive leaping catch in the end zone by Nick Rose nine seconds before halftime on a fourth-and-9 play capped a 12-play, 76-yard march during which Carroll got five of its seven first downs.
The Panthers didn't do that many things wrong; they simply couldn't do much of anything against Danville.
"They're a good football team, but we knew we could beat them with our 'A' game, and we proved it tonight," Hundley said.|10/5/03***